Dad and Lucas Choi - June 27, 2014
Ivan Yip Choi
  • 73 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 25, 1940
  • Place of birth:
    Hong Kong
  • Date of passing: Jul 14, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Renton, Washington, United States
Let the memory of Ivan be with us forever

Our father passed away on Monday July 14, 2014 near Seattle, WA, where he had gone to see doctors for many years. His kidneys had been slowly failing for some time. A week before passing he had to be hospitalized and treated for having too much potassium in his kidneys. Still, he was convinced that he had more time and planned to only start dialysis when he returned to Thailand on July 22. We believe his death is related to his kidneys failing completely--accordingly, it is likely it was sudden and not painful. It happened in the daytime at his second home. We are still in shock and in deep sorrow.

We've arranged his funeral service to be on Sunday, July 20 starting at 10am (Marlatt Funeral Home - Kent, WA 98032), with the cremation of his body to follow. We plan to take his ashes back to Thailand where he so much loved to live.

We will have a celebration of his life on Sunday, August, 24 in Toronto, Canada starting at 2pm. It will take place at the Scarborough Community Alliance Church139 Silver Star Blvd., Scarborough, Ontario M1V 4V8, Canada. All family and friends are welcome.

In the meantime, please share pictures, funny stories and good memories of him on this website, so we can always remember what a wonderful person, son, brother, father, uncle, partner and friend he was.

Thank you for your condolences and support during these very difficult days. Thank you for celebrating with us his life well-lived.

"He was the star of the show. He loved to make his family and friends smile and laugh. He was very supportive, giving and wise. We miss him dearly and always." 

--Clifford, Emily, and Louis


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Dorian N on 14th July 2017

"Thailand just hasn't been the same without you.  Golf is not as.much fun, those.lunches and dinners we had together, nothing has replaced them.   Miss you so much good buddy."

This tribute was added by Suphan Luccanatinmongkol on 24th January 2017

"Ivan is my boss during worked in Bechtel with Dorian Nunn. He is very good person in my memorial. As remembered every person who worked with him in Bechtel feel good with him. He has good personality, opened mind and being good instructor too. I am shocked and feel sad when i heard that he pass away.  
After he left from Bechtel, I still met him sometimes by chances even at Map Ta Phut and Bangkok. I met him last time at Fortune Condo few months before his pass away. I went to Starbuck near my condo and saw Mr.Choi help designing ramp for handicap people for that condo. I am so surprise on seeing him near my living place again. He invited me take family to have dinner with him at his new the breeze condo near Chaopraya. Unfortunately he could not receive my call. I went to his condo and heard from condo officer that he already passed away a month ago.
This make me shocked from what I saw few months before that.

Mr.Choi will be in our Thai people mind forever.
RIP to Choi family.


This tribute was added by Emily Choi on 14th July 2015

"I miss my dad so much. My grief will never go away. I think about him everyday and wish for more of his good advice. Father's day and today are the worst days of the year. I wish to tell him one more time, "You are the best dad in the whole wide world!" Perhaps he hears me in heaven."

This tribute was added by Dorian N on 14th July 2015

"There has been a big hole in my life this last year,  many times O have wanted to discuss something,  or share an event with my pal Ivan.    I miss him like I imagine somebody wouldiss a brother, something I don't have but that was how I felt about my good buddy Ivan.    You live on Pal because you are so often in my thoughts.    You are now in the house of our Lord and Father and I am sure you are doing well there.  I do miss you sooooooo much"

This tribute was added by Dorian N on 1st November 2014

"Ivan was a great person in every was, true family manwho always had his cildren's and parents welbeing at the front of his mind.    He and I became friends when I was relocated to Thailand by my employers, Bechtel Corp.    He played a major role in settling me into life he, he was for many years a golfing buddy, an eating buddy, so we became 2 guys who enjoyed life together.
I will always miss you pal.
Rest in peace

This tribute was added by Lisa Choy on 25th July 2014

"I dearly love Uncle Ivan. He was always happy and supportive. He was fun to be around and always shared a smile with me. I will miss him and won't forget him. I'm sure his life will leave a legacy with his posterity for generations to come."

This tribute was added by Laura Cowan on 20th July 2014

"We were so sorry to learn of Ivan's passing. He was a fantastic Yeye to  Jessica and they had a close and loving relationship. Rest in peace Ivan, you will be dearly missed.
Laura and Jessica x"

This tribute was added by SS Lau on 20th July 2014

"Ivan 猝亡令眾人心碎, 在下已三天都不能成眠. 只以詩句申訴情懷.
             悼 故 友

         悲無淚, 睡無眠;
         心重壓, 千斤鉛;


This tribute was added by SS Lau on 20th July 2014

"Ivan, you were a wonderful person to be with;
easy going and easy to talk to...I was looking forward
seeing you and chatting with you more often in our "old age:...
Sorry to see you leaving us so soon, I miss you greatly.
Louis K-King Lee (B2)."

This tribute was added by SS Lau on 20th July 2014

"和 藹 仁 厚 秉 承 四 維 八 德

          樂 天 才 溢 闖 蕩 七 洲 三 洋

This tribute was added by SS Lau on 20th July 2014

"I am so sorry that Ivan left us so soon, but the fond memories that he left behind will stay with us forever. He was such a charming, caring and fun loving person, always the life of the party, I feel privilege that I got to know him and could count him as one of my friends.
RIP Ivan, you will be missed.
May Chen (光社 梅韻韶)"

This tribute was added by SS Lau on 19th July 2014

May you rest in peace with God in Heaven.  We will miss you greatly.  Thank you for all of your loving endeavors and your unique touch of cares to make our lives more bearable and enjoyable.

This tribute was added by SS Lau on 19th July 2014


This tribute was added by yi yam ron dong on 18th July 2014

"I am so sorry to hear the passing of one of my best friends I chummed around when I was going thru high school at PC. I used to go to his house after school as  his home was very close to PC. My memory is going fast as I forget whether we shared the same class in junior high, but I do remember going into senior i i, I was in his class. After graduation I lost touch with him until 40 reunion in Toronto, then reconnected at 50 reunion in HK. We saw each other twice after, once in Bangkok in 2010, and once in Vancouver for a few hours. These fond memories will last until the end. I hope that your good nature and spirit will go on. We still treasure the time you showed us at the Palace with your car parked inside near the nursing station etc. in Bangkok. So long!


This tribute was added by Lizzie Der on 18th July 2014

"By Pui Ching Classmate - Lai Ching Chung

I am shocked  & sorry to know that Ivan  passed away. I may be the last lighter to meet him. On June 28, he had lunch in Bellevue with my whole family, including my son & daughter & grandsons. We chatted for over one and half hours. He did mention that he has kidney problem, and he is very careful about the food he eats. He said that he will soon fly to Toronto to visit his father, and then to USA to visit his son and daughter. He looked normal at that time and he drove to the restaurant by himself. I shall try to attend his funeral once I know the arrangement.


This tribute was added by Lizzie Der on 18th July 2014

"By cousin, Alice Lam

We have fond memories of Ivan - he visited us in Calgary (together with
Louis and Wesley); and we also had a great time visiting him in Bangkok.
He's a great cousin to us and we sure will miss him.

RIP to our dear Ivan. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Choi's."

This tribute was added by Lizzie Der on 18th July 2014

"By Cousin, Kin Ling Wu

In my mind, Ivan had always been the first few in the To extended family going abroad to study.  I hardly remember how he looked as I was too young when he left Hong Kong.  However, I finally met him in person at Emily's wedding.  That event left a lasting, fond memory of him."

This tribute was added by Lizzie Der on 18th July 2014

"Ivan was our big brother,  a typical big brother who was wise, generous and caring.  He loved to gather us up and had a party.  He loved to be with his family. He never burdened us with anything;  but I wished he had shared more about his illness...perhaps we would have put our foot down about him seeking medical attention immediately.  
But then again,  Ivan was a dutiful son. He is with mom now and looking after her in Heaven.
Ivan,  rest in peace.  I missed you already"

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Emily Choi
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