Sum Ying Fung

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Sum Ying Fung
Born 27 January 1899
Wing On Village, Yanping, Canton, China
Died 6 December 2011
(aged 112 years, 313 days)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Known for Supercentenarian

Sum Ying Fung (née Eng, Chinese: 吴如英, 27 January 1899 – 6 December 2011), was an Asian Canadian supercentenarian who was the oldest person in Canada in 2011.

Early life and family[edit]

Sum Ying Eng was born in Wing On Village, Yanping, China in 1899.[1] In 1926, she married Chong Lim Fung, who had been working in Canada since 1911. Chong Lim would travel to visit Sum Ying regularly in the ensuing years and they had three children.[2] However, the Chinese Exclusion Act prevented her from joining her husband in Canada. In 1954, she emigrated to Canada under the sponsorship of her husband.[3] The couple settled in Chinatown, Vancouver that year. The Fung family moved to East Vancouver upon Chong Lim's death in 1967.[2]

In 1989, she developed a brain tumour, underwent surgery, and survived. She visited China later that year and was in Beijing during the military crackdown of Tiananmen Square protests. She and her family fled Beijing among a group of German tourists.[4]

Oldest person in Canada[edit]

In January 2011, Sum Ying Fung became the oldest person in Canada, after the death of the previous title-holder Elizabeth Buhler.[5] The Queen congratulated Fung in a letter on her 112th birthday on 27 January 2011 and the Mayor of Vancouver declared that day "Fung Eng Sum Ying Day".[3][2]


Fung died of natural causes at the claimed age of 112 at Burnaby General Hospital in British Columbia on 6 December 2011. At the time of her death she was survived by two of her three children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grand children, and 2 great-great-grand children.[4][2]


  1. ^ "Oldest Canadian Sum Ying Fung dies peacefully in Burnaby". Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Woman who was oldest living Canadian dies at 112 - British Columbia - CBC News". 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  3. ^ a b "加拿大最长寿人瑞 112岁华裔吴如英卑诗省辞世". 加拿大家园 (in Chinese). 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  4. ^ a b Woo, Andrea (2011-12-13). "Vancouver's Sum Ying Fung, Canada's oldest resident, dies at the age of 112". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  5. ^ Pynn, Larry; Sherlock, Tracy (2011-01-28). "112-year-old Vancouver woman may be oldest Canadian". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2015-11-17.