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BENG TYSON

With heavy hearts, we announce that Beng Tyson passed away peacefully on May 18th, at his residence, at the age of 67 years.

 

Beng was predeceased by his mother, Young Kim Tyson, and his father, Richard Tyson.  He is survived by his sister, Wendy Tyson (Lang Wong); his nieces, Madison and Kezia Wong, and cousins Jeri Yuen, Shirley Yuen, Lily Quaye (Darren Quaye), Sue Siegers (Jim Siegers), Dani, Matt, Jadyn, and Robbie.

 

While Beng had a challenging childhood growing up in the inner city, he managed to graduate from RRCC with an architectural drafting certificate and to achieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the UofM.  He loved his years at Daniel McIntyre high school where he was involved in activities such as choir, student council, yearbook, sports, and was a member of the Reach for the Top team.  He became passionate about pottery during his years in the School of Arts, and for several years ran a pottery studio with a fellow graduate.

 

He drove taxi for many of his adult years, and most recently worked for Handi-Transit, meeting numerous kind and gentle people: his employers, colleagues, and customers.  Long term friendships developed from these working relationships lasting right up to the end.

 

Music was a source of joy to Beng throughout his lifetime. He was involved in three choral groups in high school, and over the years he amassed a rather impressive record collection of diverse artists, never tiring of listening to them.

 

Beng was very knowledgeable in current events and politics, and was passionate about social justice.  He had solid thoughts of what was right and just, and he often rooted for the underdog.

 

Beng enjoyed family gatherings, whether weekly at his sister’s, or on special occasions through the year with his extended family.  He loved seeing the next generation of family members grow up, and their skills and talents emerge.  Most recently, he was avidly interested in seeing what the next steps would be for the young adults in our family.

 

Beng's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories or condolences for the family by using the comment section on this page.

In accordance with Beng’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A celebration of Beng’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Arts Council or ArtsJunktion.

BENG TYSON

March 11, 1953 – May 18, 2020

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