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Hans Laale

Dr. Hans Willer Laale, PhD.

Saturday, April 20th, 1935 Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

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Obituary for Dr. Hans Willer Laale, PhD.

Dr. Hans Willer Laale, PhD. was born at Taarbaek, a town North of Copenhagen in Denmark, on April 20th, 1935. He completed his high school education from Torben Brex Boarding School in 1949 and joined a trade career as a sailor on Skoleskibet “Denmark” which had taken him to explore Africa in his teenage years 51-52 and his very first visit to Canada in 1953.

Hans’ academic credential began in the year 1956 when he decided to come over to U.S. and attended Bob Jones University at Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his B.S. in Biology in 1959 and without wasting any time after his graduation, he migrated to Canada the same year. Hans began his graduate school in biological science at the University of Western Ontario in 1959 and received his master degree from UWO in 1961. The final hurdle of his triple jump landed at University of Toronto. Dr. Laale received his doctorate degree from UofT in Embryology the year 1966 and he started his teaching career as a professor at the University of Manitoba the same year upon his PhD graduation.

Hans made three separate trips to the Far East as a visiting scholar. First, the Hong Kong Baptist College between 61-63, second, Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 66-67 and Tunghai University in Taiwan the year 73-74. His Chinese name 羅漢思 was given by Johnny Tan in August 1961 and the name that he was so fond of which you could find a seal of this Chinese name on every single book that he used to own thereafter.

Dr. Laale decided to retire from UofM as of January 1st, 1997 after 30 years of services that earned him 7 research works with 18 citations and 56 reads. As a senior scholar with a full professorship, Dr. Laale continued his writing career after his official retirement. He published three books: Once They Were Brave, The Men of Miletus in 2007; Ephesus (Ephesos): An Abbreviated History from Androclus to Constantine XI in 2011; and The Seed, the Covenants and the Prophecies in 2017. These books give us a glimpse of his passion in art, history and literature outside his formal scientific trainings. He was more than just focusing on English literature but the Latin and Greek literature also in their respective worlds – the space between Roman history and Greek mythology that intersects the past of the Jewish covenants and the future of the Biblical prophecies.

Throughout all these years at different academic institutes, Dr. Laale had never ceased to show forth his love and care towards the Chinese students. He participated at Winnipeg Chinese Christian Fellowship during the 70s, teaching Sunday schools, leading Bible studies and organizing gospel trips in his Christian conviction and serving as advisor to the Chinese Student Association with his Chinese cultural conviction. He often joked about himself as a reversed “banana” – a self-teased and self-pejorative term for a Caucasian who had adopted a Chinese cultural identity. Hans was an avid player on both the Chinese chess and the Go game.

On October 22nd, 2019, with an overcast morning and a beautiful afternoon, Dr. Laale passed on peacefully to be with the Lord. He was running, like Eric Liddell, towards his Creator during his earlier years but now resting in the bosom of his Heavenly Father. He was 84.

In lieu of flowers or gift vouchers, family and friends can make a donation to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation on Hans’ wishes. Hans was very thankful to the medical cares he received at the Eagle Ridge Hospital.

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    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 10:30am
    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
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    Thursday, October 31st, 2019
    Dr. Bill Lee, PhD.
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    Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery
    621 Robinson St.
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    Burial to follow after Funeral Service at 12:00 pm.
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    Grand Palace Restaurant
    #2001-1163 Pinetree Way
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    Reception to follow after Burial at 1:30 pm

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Liya Wang

May Dr Laale Rest in Peace. Forever remembrance such a loyal CIBC client
From Jessica and Liya.
Comment | Posted at 07:42pm via Condolence

Jennifer Lea Laale

My Uncle Hans always called my dad on his Birthday he never forgot. Even thought the two of them had not spent much time together over the years they always connected at Christmas and on Birthdays. In my younger years I knew Hans from his visits to his sister Inger at Christmas and when we were there too I remember a large man with a big smile and laugh. The Laale's all have a great sense of humour. I have one memory that I hold dear, when I flew to Vancouver and had a stopover in Winnipeg he picked me up took me out to dinner and shared his home and his beautiful dog with me for a night, we laughed and we talked and I was only 20 at the time and when i arrived home he had snuck $100 in my suitcase without me knowing it. At that age no one had ever been that generous with me. I wish my dad and he had worked harder at spending time together so that I may have known him better, he seemed like a really good guy. I have reached out over the years but his busy schedule and the distance as we all live in Ottawa must have kept us apart.

May he know he was loved and may he look down upon us with joy, laughter and love. His older brother, Bent sends him love and knows that Hans will go to God with love from so many for all the good he has brought to the world. My dad would want to ask to hold him a spot in heaven as he will one day meet him there again and they can play as brothers in the eyes of God.
Comment | Posted at 07:52am via Condolence

Jonathan Ng and Valen Ng

For as long as my sister and I can both remember, Hans Gung Gung was Hans Gung Gung. When I was born in Winnipeg, he was there in the operating room. When my sister celebrated her first birthday in Canada, he was there with a smile. At the many many family dinners, he was always there.

During our family dinners I’d always be placed next to Hans Gung Gung to keep him company as the rest of our family mostly spoke in Chinese.

As we got older my sister and I grew to want to sit with him because our conversations with him were always so interesting. Every meal sitting next to Hans was a miniature intellectual expedition. One week it was the politics of Ancient Rome. Another night we’d talk about Chess, which he taught me to play. Last month over dinner we talked about the merits of self driving cars.

But it wasn’t just the vastness of Hans Gung Gung’s encyclopaedic knowledge that stuck with my sister and I; it was his curiosity and academic sharpness. Over decades of family dinners, Hans Gung Gung encouraged intellectual exploration and slowly instilled a sense of wonder that stuck with us through the years.

My sister and I carried that sense of wonder to the University of Toronto where we both studied, just like Hans Gung Gung. Hans Gung Gung especially held a fondness for Hart House and even had a framed drawing of the Soldier’s Tower that he gave to my sister.

Valen will miss visiting him at his Coquitlam apartment, where his collection of well maintained leather bound books, ornate vases and accessories around the home felt like a warm reflection of his personality. Understated, yet classic with an unwavering sense of fortitude. Even the minimalist wooden furniture gave nod to his Danish roots.

My sister loved his light hearted attitude towards life, and his thoughtfulness and generosity towards his family and friends. Every year without fail, Hans Gung Gung would remember our birthdays and wish us well with a card and phone call. She admired his commitment to researching and writing his next book and was always intrigued by his stories of adventure around the world as a sailor and travelling academic.

His genuine and at times cheeky smile was bright enough to light up your day. She will always remember the way Hans Gung Gung calls her Ying Ying and greets her enthusiastically with his arms ready for an embrace.

Hans Gung Gung was funny, kind-hearted, and friendly to everyone he met. He has led a full life and we are both so happy to have been a part of it.

Hans Gung Gung: We love you, and we’ll miss you dearly. Rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 10:33pm via Condolence

Nicole Wong

Although I did not personally know Uncle Hans, I know he had significantly impacted my dad’s life and was both a mentor and friend to him. I recall visiting Vancouver 16 years ago and meeting Uncle Hans - he was a friendly and easy going man with a warm smile and I warmed up to him immediately.

Uncle Hans has left us, but he lives on in our hearts and in our memories, where he cannot have left a more lasting impression. His teachings and values will continue to live on with the lives of those he has touched. I look forward to meeting Uncle Hans again, when His Kingdom comes.
Comment | Posted at 03:00am via Condolence

Mikal Halfdan Lawton

I was known as his favourite nephew Halfdan. My middle name is of old norse origin, which literally means, half danish. There were a number of viking kings and princes who shared the same name. Which was also spelt with a v rather than an f. Just hearing uncle Hans call me that, made me feel proud of my danish heritage. He was a big man, both in heart and in stature. I have fond memories of his great arms enveloping me as a child, falling into his cavernous warm
embrace as he affectionately squeezed me to death.

I am an amateur naturalist who loves to study animals and plants. I would say that my interest first peaked when uncle Hans gave me my first animal encyclopedia, one Christmas back in 1978 when I was 8 years old. I am now 49. He was always supportive of my keen interests in the life sciences. Speaking of Christmas, when he was able to visit, we always celebrated a danish holiday on the eve with a roast duck rather than a turkey, fried potatoes and sliced beets, before opening our presents. On Christmas Day it was a smorgasbord of delectable oddities like leftover bird with cold cuts, cold roast beef, blue and brie cheeses with crackers and pickled herring. Polished off with a danish apple cake on a bed of rum soaked marzipan and topped with whipped cream. and of course lots of port wine. I was allowed a sip or two.

Uncle Hans was the youngest of three children. He looked up to his big sister, my mother, with the kind of sibling love to which all families should be modeled after. It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. They adored one another to the point that few brothers and sisters can relate to. I will always remember the terms of endearment they used when addressing one another. My mother would affectionately call my uncle Hanseman while my uncle would respond in kind with Ingapea.

Thank all for your wonderful comments and loving memories. It is clear that my uncle saw you as his extended family and I am eternally grateful that you were able to be with him when his immediate family was unable to.

I love you and always will my dear uncle. May you Rest In Peace in my mother’s eternal embrace.
Comment | Posted at 10:35pm via Condolence

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