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Moo Yong Lee
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: May 20, 1938
  • Date of passing: Dec 16, 2016
Let the memory of Moo Yong be with us forever

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you on Friday, December 16, 2016 at approximately 6:10 a.m., Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital. He remained very strong, positive and resilient throughout his battle with cancer. Even until the time of his passing, he was coherent and could understand his wife, three children, and son-in-law, who were all with him. On behalf of the Lee Family, we thank everyone for their love and support.

FUNERAL INFO (Please check back for any updates):

Sunday, December 18, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 Public Viewing
4:30 to 4:45 Eulogies by Grandmaster Lemire and Jim Lee
6:00 to 7:00 Korean prayer service
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
1-860-644-2940

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 Funeral Mass
11:30 to 1:30 Reception
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

56 Hartford Ave
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Burial will be private

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Marcos Starling on 20th May 2017

"I will miss him until I meet him again... He had show me the value of honor and good will. The life he lived is my inspiration. Thank you Mr. Lee."

This tribute was added by Jon Petoskey on 16th January 2017

"When my son Richard was 12 he was overweight and had some difficulty controlling his temper. When we enrolled him in Mr. Lee's school of Tae Kwan Doe we were concerned about his being presented religious beliefs differing from ours. Mr. Lee assured us that would not happen and he began a wonderful segment in Richard's life that forever changed him. He is such a tribute to the force of Mr. Lee's character and teaching. In course of time, Mr. Lee and I became friends and he was always very kind to inquire as to our health, location and to wish us well. He was a tremendous man of character and integrity and it has been a real pleasure to have known him. We will be grateful for his influence on Richard and our lives. He also gave my eldest daughter a quite comical lesson about making snide comments to her Mother while watching one class. My wife and I still laugh about that when we recall it in our conversations."

This tribute was added by Ray Smith on 24th December 2016

"I met Grandmaster Lee in the early 1980's and he stayed in touch with me ever since. He tested me for my 6th degree black belt in 1989. We reconnected at our annual pilgrimage to support his U.S. Cup tournament and I got to coach in Korea in 2000. He was an incredible teacher, mentor and friend. I loved him and he loved you back. We played golf together a few times the day after intense workouts. I would pretend none of it affected me but the truth was my body was aching but this gentle man would right there still teaching even on a golf swing.

I saw him last year in Georgia and he held my hand and told me he wouldn't be around that much longer. I didn't understand yet that he was sick. I got the chance to hug and tell him I loved him. I am so grateful for the mark he made on my life. I will miss him so much but I look forward to seeing him again in heaven.
Grandmaster Ray Smith"

This tribute was added by Marc Zirogiannis on 20th December 2016

"On behalf of the staff of Taekwondo Life Magazine we offer our deepest and sincerest condolences the passing of a Taekwondo Legend and revered man."

This tribute was added by brian kery on 19th December 2016

"My fondest memory was during a private conversation I had with him when he chose to pass on to me little words of wisdom that have stuck with me to this day. He did this out of kindness in an effort to help me be a better person. He made a big impact on me. He was a great man I feel honored to have known. He will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and all of his students may god bless you all"

This tribute was added by Richard Soranno on 19th December 2016

"Grandmaster Lee was an extrordinary man.  To many of us, he was a teacher, mentor, friend and inspiration.  He was a phenomenal martial artist, a loving husband and father.  I met Mr. Lee 35 years ago, when I came into the school to find out about Taekwondo.  I had the privilege of studying under him for all those years, as well as serving as the Treasurer of the United States Taekwondo Union when he was President.  We became fast friends and spent many good times together.  He touched so many lives in a positive way.  The world is now a little worse off because he is no longer with us in body.  But I know that his spirit will always be with us, and for that we will be better.  I will miss him terribly."

This tribute was added by Jacson Magno Junior on 19th December 2016

"I did not have the honor of meeting Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee, but I heard of him and his incredible generosity, patience and humbleness by my Master Marcos Starling.
My condolences to the family and strength for this time of sadness."

This tribute was added by Master Park on 19th December 2016

"I first met GM Lee in the 70s when I was a teenager and over the decades, he exemplified Honor, Generosity, and Dignity..I will truly miss his sense of humor and smile..It will forever be etched in my heart...

Master Kyung Sik Park
Baltimore,  Maryland"

This tribute was added by Master Park on 19th December 2016

"오랜 친구이고 미국태권도 역사에 길이남을 GM이무용씨를 잃게됨은 모든 태권도인이 애석하고 비통함을 함께 합니다.
그 가족에게 하나님이 같이 하시길 바라면서 애도를 표합니다.

GM. YOUNG I. LEE
Annapolis,  Maryland에서"

This tribute was added by Lee Brophy on 19th December 2016

"So very sorry to hear of the loss of Grandmaster Lee. When I was just beginning my career in accounting I was lucky enough to get to know Mr. Lee. He was a wonderful man and will be missed."

This tribute was added by Marc Frantz on 18th December 2016

"Grandmaster Lee: First of all, may your faithfully departed soul, through the Mercy and Love of God, Rest In Peace and may Perpetual Light always shine upon your countenance.  May your family and your students continue to keep your legacy alive in everything we do and at all times.
Thank you for being such a warm, caring and outstanding Teacher and Mentor to me at United Tae Kwon Do in East Hartford for so many years when I was growing up.  I'll always remember you telling our class that if you give 20 percent effort, you get back 20 percent results; if you give 100 percent effort, you get back 100 percent results.
You never tired of motivating me and our fellow students at School to become always wiser, stronger and more flexible; not just in the physical, but in the Spiritual, too.  Also, Grandmaster, you taught me and all of us to apply these as well as more in all areas of our lives outside of School.  I learned self-respect as well as respect for others from you from you; as well as discipline, humility, integrity and so many noble and helpful virtues.
You will be missed and always remembered in our minds and kept close to our hearts. My Dad, Mom and I will keep you in our prayers and ask that you pray for us, too-you are now in Eternity, Grandmaster; we, have yet to reach where you are now and always be at.  
With deepest sympathy, Marc and Family.  
Thank you again, Sah Bo Nim.  
Some words from class that you taught me almost 30 years ago that I will always remember: Chary-ot, Kun-ye, Chum-bi, Gi-Yup; An-Yong-A-Seo, Han-gara, and Char-aso.  Kam-Sa-Ham-ni-da.
You're the Best!"

This tribute was added by Chuck Tischofer on 18th December 2016

"We at Chuck's Automotive are so very saddened by the loss of Grandmaster Lee. We are proud to have known him, a quiet and humble soul. Our deepest sympathies to all of the Lee family, may you find peace in the wonderful memories he brought you,"

This tribute was added by Robert K. Fujimura on 18th December 2016

"I am very sorry to hear of Grand Master Lee's passing. As a true martial artist and founding member of the fledgling Taekwondo movement in the USA and worldwide he gave much in both business and personal time, talent and treasure.

He was always proving a kind, unassuming compliment or encouragement.  For the decades I knew him, he was consistently a fair individual that always took special attention to detail. In good times and hard times, he was  always supportive of me personally and professionally.

He will certainly be remembered for rhe richness brought to the tapestry of the Taekwondo Community.

My condolences to the family for your loss."

This tribute was added by Mr. and Mrs. Cartier on 18th December 2016

"Where do we start?  We met Mr. Lee in February, 1972, at the TKD school where he was about to start his teaching career in the Lawrence, Mass. area. We took him under our wing, as we sensed he was struggling with the English language, and needed help. He thank and encouraged us to continue.  The relationship developed to the point that we became DEAR friends, with him and his family. We could write a book of the many, many happy times we had together. He (and his family),will forever be remembered in our daily prayers. God Bless,
Mr. and Mrs. Cartier (Salem, N.H.)"

This tribute was added by Thomas Mockalis on 18th December 2016

"I was 39 years old when I started my training under the guidance of Grand Master Lee. I quickly realized that I wasn't as worldly as I thought. Grand Master Lee taught me life skills that I carry to this day. I am saddened by his loss yet forever grateful that I had the opportunity to sit with him and thank him for his teachings. Grand Master Lee made me a better person."

This tribute was added by Marcos Starling on 18th December 2016

"I meet Mr. Lee on March 6, 1993 in Massachusetts on a Referee clinic. He was the was a great gentlemen that aprouch me to cumpliment my skills at that time, and his words give me the impulse that I need to pursue my carrier as a martial artist. I will never forget his words of wisdom and his teaching. I will miss him very much until I meet him again... Marcos Starling"

This tribute was added by Lynnette Love on 18th December 2016

"What an honor and a privilege to know GM Lee. I remember you since making my first national team in 1979. You have been there and been a main force in Taekwondo and its growth during the 1988 Olympic Games.  Thank you so much."

This tribute was added by RJ Botticello on 17th December 2016

"As we remember you and your legacy sir,  you were and still are so many things to all of us.   There are so many memories we all share.  Some I am certain are universal....for example....not being able to walk after classes....the length of the dojang seemed longer and longer as we kept going up and down and the meaning of "one more round" meant ten more rounds.  You taught us lessons in the dojang but more important how to apply them in everyday life.  You pushed  us to our limits and beyond. Not because you could but because you knew we had it in us and to prove to ourselves we could.  You taught us to achieve the goals thats others said were impossible.  You taught us to be the best we could be no matter what challenges we face.  To remember the basics, not just about techniques but about life.  Treat others with respect, coutesy and honor, to love ourselves, our families and those we hold close to our hearts.  As we celebrate your life and our memories, I would like to thank the Lee Family for allowing us to be blessed with your presence .  This is not a good bye but a see you later.  From the bottom of my heart,  I thank you you for everything.  Thoughts, prayers and love to all of the Lee Family,  fellow martial artists and to all those who were blessed to have met you.  Together we are United as one.  Kham Sah Ham Ni Da.   The Botticello Family and all of the United Korean Martial Arts family.  We love you."

This tribute was added by Lisa Reiss on 16th December 2016

"I am so sorry for your loss.  I had the pleasure of knowing Grandmaster Lee for many years as my children's teacher and even prior to that.  Over the last several years, I often enjoyed chatting with him at the school or with him and Mrs. Lee.   I often saw his humor during those chats, usually punctuated with the slightest of smiles.  As the granddaughter of a Holocust survivor, it was always reassuring to speak with Grandmaster Lee about the value of our country's freedom.   I considered it an honor to make the video of Grandmaster Lee and United Tae Kwon Do that was shown at the 40 th Anniversary United Tae Kwon Do party in his honor.  

To Mrs. Lee, Grandmaster Lee's children and grandchildren you should know that while Grandmaster Lee was known for being humble, he was an honorable man who loved each of you very much.  That is his true legacy you should take great pride in.  

Please let me know if I can be of any help.  May God Bless You.
Lisa Reiss"

This tribute was added by Sherry Duvall on 16th December 2016

"I pray that Grand Master Lee's family is comforted by God's love and the support of all those who will surround and join in honoring him this weekend and/or on Tuesday.

It was such an honor and a privilege knowing and being taught by Grand Master Lee. There are no words to accurately describe the sadness and emptiness I feel as I come to the realization that my kids and I will never be able to attend another class taught by him. I will always hold dear, the little talks about life lessons, support, and motivation he gave to the kids and to the adults at the end of class. One of the best things I ever did for my kids when they were little was to sign them up for class. Grand Master Lee was the best example when it came to being humble and gracious. I'm so happy to have been able to partake of a class he taught this past summer. It was just like old times and was truly a gift.

Grand Master Lee accomplished so much in his life and I can only hope I'll be able to accomplish even a quarter of what he did. He was such an inspiration, such an honorable, generous and kind man who gave of himself tirelessly. Cristianna, Mandy, Joshua and I will miss him greatly. May he rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."

This tribute was added by Katherine Viveiros on 16th December 2016

"Bill and I are so so sorry for your loss. Grand Master Lee was a teacher, a friend, and the most humble man we know. He has taught us many valuable lessons. He will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him. Rest in Peace Grandmaster Lee. Love, Kathy & Bill Viveiros"

This tribute was added by Diane Lemire on 16th December 2016

"Mr. Lee was my friend over the years. my fondest memories were after tests going to lunch together and he would always have whatever I ordered.  I thought of it as a n honor that he thought my taste in American food would suit him.  We also golfed together and had many laughs at our own expense.  I will miss this humble, kind, and loving man.  The world will be at a loss without his presence.  He has touched so many lives with his love.   Mrs. Lemire"


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