ForeverMissed
This memorial is to celebrate the life of Manyee Brem Leung (birth name Yin Wan Leung, also known as Jacqueline Leung to her classmates in Hong Kong). Collecting your stories and memories here will offer great comfort. 

A commemorative tree will be planted at Riverdale Park in Toronto.

Thank you for visiting and remembering.
Posted by Emily Wong on July 1, 2021
An extraordinary woman! An extraordinary life!
Posted by Malcolm Ho on July 1, 2021
懷念我敬愛的姐姐

我家九兄弟姊妹,姐姐和我是女孩,都是在香港出生及生活。她資質較聰敏, 七十年前考入名校「聖心書院」,畢業後在報社任職記者,她能操流利英語,深得重用。忙於政府,法庭,外事等部門(那時懂英語的並不多)。六十年代後,她與外籍友人,前往泰國電視台工作多年, 七十年代後,轉往美國從事新聞工作多年,及後移居加拿大多倫多市至今。

不幸於1975年離婚,寄情於工作。1976年在香港領養一女兒,一邊工作,一邊撫養女兒,有時甚至一人做二份工。多年操勞,積勞成疾,而患上多病,例如:柏金遜症。及後入住護老院。直至2021年6月24日不幸離世。

姐姐一生勤奮努力,東西征戰,刻苦耐勞,既工作又撫養女兒,身兼二職,殊不簡單。而今與我們永別,深感悲痛,願她一路走好!姐姐永別了,妹妹永遠念您!

胞妹
潔雲敬書
2021年6月30日
Posted by Dan Mullen on June 29, 2021
I am so thankful to have spent so many happy years together with Manyee - and even more thankful that she chose Toni as her daughter and raised such a wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend. Your spirit lives on in all of us and your life long pursuit of learning will always be an inspiration for me. I love you and miss you dearly.

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Posted by Emily Wong on July 1, 2021
An extraordinary woman! An extraordinary life!
Posted by Malcolm Ho on July 1, 2021
懷念我敬愛的姐姐

我家九兄弟姊妹,姐姐和我是女孩,都是在香港出生及生活。她資質較聰敏, 七十年前考入名校「聖心書院」,畢業後在報社任職記者,她能操流利英語,深得重用。忙於政府,法庭,外事等部門(那時懂英語的並不多)。六十年代後,她與外籍友人,前往泰國電視台工作多年, 七十年代後,轉往美國從事新聞工作多年,及後移居加拿大多倫多市至今。

不幸於1975年離婚,寄情於工作。1976年在香港領養一女兒,一邊工作,一邊撫養女兒,有時甚至一人做二份工。多年操勞,積勞成疾,而患上多病,例如:柏金遜症。及後入住護老院。直至2021年6月24日不幸離世。

姐姐一生勤奮努力,東西征戰,刻苦耐勞,既工作又撫養女兒,身兼二職,殊不簡單。而今與我們永別,深感悲痛,願她一路走好!姐姐永別了,妹妹永遠念您!

胞妹
潔雲敬書
2021年6月30日
Posted by Dan Mullen on June 29, 2021
I am so thankful to have spent so many happy years together with Manyee - and even more thankful that she chose Toni as her daughter and raised such a wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend. Your spirit lives on in all of us and your life long pursuit of learning will always be an inspiration for me. I love you and miss you dearly.
her Life
Mother, grandmother, journalist, lifelong student. Born November 26, 1937 in Hong Kong; passed away on June 24, 2021, in Toronto, of advanced Parkinson's disease, aged 83. 

Manyee is reunited with her mother Pui Fong Tam, father Wing Leung and her siblings Alvin, David and Henry.

Remembered by family, friends, colleagues, her sister Kit Wan, daughter Toni, son in law Dan and grandchildren Oliver, Charlie & Marlowe.  


From reporting for a communist-leaning paper in Hong Kong, to marrying a "white ghost" foreigner, working as an au pair in England, co-founding "Business In Thailand" magazine in Bangkok, assisting US-China trade relations in Washington, along with developing a deep interest in Buddhism and meditation in her later years, Manyee was unafraid to explore new things and face new challenges.
Reporter with "Wen Wei Pao," a Hong Kong Chinese daily from 1958 to 1966.

Covering Hong Kong's music festival was Manyee's favourite beat. Over the years she had the opportunity to meet the Beatles, Charlie Chaplin and other fascinating, knowledgeable people making headlines. "Manyee" was the pen name she adopted at the newspaper and it stuck.

She encouraged her daughter to go into journalism, and was very happy when Toni chose the related field of public relations. In a letter to Maxwell Brem, her ex husband (also a journalist), she writes, "She will make a glamorous and fun job out of it in the future. She has the personality. There is one more favour I would like to ask - please show her how you do your very clear style of writing..." 

Many of her hopes for Toni echoed the life she had as a reporter. It explains why she kept her pen name; "Manyee" best represented her preferred self image.   



Recent stories

Christopher F. Bruton remembers Manyee

Shared by Max Brem on September 13, 2021
Christopher F. Bruton, director of Dataconsult Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, who has lived in Thailand since 1969, recalls working with Manyee in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Manyee, who was just one month younger than myself, being also born in 1937. 

I recall that during the enthusiastic early years of "The Investor" magazine, we worked very well together. At that time, I used to produce terms of reference for articles for the monthly "Investor' magazine. Manyee undertook the research reporting, providing a wealth of information and analysis, which I turned into articles. I used to write at home, so I hardly met her; our cooperation was almost entirely written, never verbal. Yet the final products were greatly appreciated by readers.
 
I also well remember the wonderful cooperation between Manyee and Max as a journalistic team during this period. On one occasion, Max and I were visiting Laos and were invited to fly with a Philippine charity team to Central Laos, where they had an “Operation Brotherhood” activity.  On the way back to Vientiane (the Laotian capital), our aircraft overflew Thailand, but without seeking permission from the Thai authorities. We were force-landed at Udon, a Thai military base used by the United States air force to mount operations for the war in Vietnam, and needed the permission of Thai Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn to take off again. Eventually we got this approved and returned to Laos.  

Max, as correspondent of the Times of London, wanted to file this story, but had no means of doing so. Therefore he telephoned Manyee down in Bangkok and dictated the whole report, which took about an hour standing in the Vientiane telephone centre, and Manyee dutifully wrote it all down and telexed it to London.  This resulted in a prominent article in the newspaper and a congratulatory message to Max from the editor, as well as a mention of myself as one of those involved in the incident. That was only one of the many times when Max and Manyee were a front-line reporting team in those early, pre-internet days. 

I never had the opportunity to recognise Manyee’s earlier achievements in Hong Kong, nor her subsequent performance in Canada. She was evidently a great journalist. I hope that Manyee’s adopted daughter draws inspiration from her achievements in continuing life.

Shared by Emily Wong on July 2, 2021
To me, “Manyee” has always been “Jacqueline Leung.” She went by that name in high school. She was a serious student and vibrant.

We re-connected in Toronto after many years. We became really good friends because we both loved to dance. She would drive 45 mins to be my dance partner when I asked her. We both loved CNN and we were Obama fans.

Her pride and joy was her daughter Toni. Every conversation we had always included Toni and Dan. “Toni loves antiques.” “Toni got on the cover of a magazine.” “Toni asked me to give her away at her wedding.”

When I foolishly bought an ugly sofa and was miserable over it she said “Emily, don’t worry, I will go with you to Leon’s and stay there until you get your refund.” That is the kind of friend she was, a friend in need.

Then she became afflicted with a rare form of Parkinson’s disease. She fought back courageously. One summer she talked about flying to Spain for a “miracle” cure.

It is heartbreaking to see her deteriorate over the years. I was not allowed to bring her food. I am sad to lose her but she is in a better place now.
Till we meet again, R.I.P. Jacqueline!

How I met my mother in-law

Shared by Dan Mullen on June 30, 2021
For our first meeting, Toni and I took Manyee for Dim Sum down on Spadina.  Manyee was very welcoming to me from the start - with her warm smile, and a very gentle and quiet presence.  Like a "country mouse" as I once heard her describe herself. 

Manyee had trouble with her hearing later in life, and I'm certain that contributed to her quiet nature that day - particularly when meeting in a noisy place.  We got along well as we ate together for the first time, and Manyee asked Toni and I to join her afterwards, while she did some shopping in Chinatown.  Manyee was looking to buy a new sword for her Thai Chi training. "How cool is this?"....I thought ... we just met and now we're going SWORD shopping. 

We checked out several shops (who knew so many places sold swords) until Manyee found the sword that she was looking for - and then the battle began.  The "country mouse" turned into the "mighty dragon", swooping down on the shop owner, to haggle down the price.  She used both humour and discipline to win over the vendor.  Manyee was the kind of customer that vendors respected as they quickly learned that she was no fool and had the discipline to walk away.

Manyee got the sword she wanted that day, at the price she wanted - and I always wondered if she was just letting me know - that behind that warm smile, was a very strong and confident woman...that knew how to use a sword.