I am shocked and deeply saddened by this loss. Unfortunately, I found out this news while intending to send an email regarding my mother's passing on September 1st. My father was more than likely one of his first patients (passed away on Nov. 16, 1997) My father - Paul Sutton was swimming to rehabilitate a replaced hip at a Sheppard & Yonge apartment complex, many years ago, just after or as Dr. Yung was nearing the end of his studies and was opening his practice. Neither of my parents had been to a dentist for many years and his gentle manner, knowledge and professionalism was unparalleled. We recommended many of our friends to him over the years. My husband and I continued to go to him many years after we moved to Burlington.
...Deepest sympathies to the family - albeit, late.
Please know that he was a wonderful person, as well as a superb Dentist!
Just found out about Dr. Yung had passed away.
He was undeniably the best dentist.
Our deepest condolences to his family.
SW - North York
I just found out today that Doctor Yung had passed away. The last time I saw him was last October 2012. When he walked into the office, I welcomed him back from his long absence. At the time, I didn't know he had been away because he was undergoing cancer treatment or that he was diagnosed with cancer. When he told me, I was shocked. He apologized for the fact that in his absence, a colleague had to finish my crown that he had started; but he said he kept up with his patients' charts through his office staff. Despite having many patients, he showed genuine concern for me and made me feel like an individual. He proceeded to adjust my bite telling me that the teeth and jaws are like machinery; they have to fit together perfectly or something will go wrong. Besides looking a bit gaunt, I was relieved to see that he seemed to have recovered. Before he left, he gave my cheek his customary pat and said see “You next time.” I am so sad and sorry that there will be no next time.
Doctor Yung had been my dentist for over twenty five years. There is no medical professional I trust more. Even after moving to Markham, I continued to see him. It was only after the birth of my second child that I finally decided it was more convenient to find a local dentist. But no one was more trustworthy than Doctor Yung, and when my two children were grown and it was no longer an issue to go all the way down to his office, I went back to see him. The thing with Doctor Yung is I trusted his advice implicitly. He never recommended anything that didn't need doing, like some dentist might just to pad their pockets. If Doctor Yung said I needed a certain type of work done, I knew it was really necessary.
Doctor Yung was more than just a dentist. Despite having a busy practise, he always made time to talk. It was because I followed his advice that my first born daughter finally slept through the night as an infant. And the fact the he asked about my father made me feel like he cared about me personally.
I don't know if he ever knew how much his patients care about him. It's too bad that as patients, we only think to tell Doctor Yung our concerns and needs. If we had asked about him more, we would have realized what a truly wonderful person he was.
Just found it out. Dr. Yung was the BEST doctor enybody could will for. For 24 years he tool the best care of my family.
Our deepest condolences to his family. To his sons, you should be very proud and honored to be sons of such a distinquished and true gentelman.
I am deeply saddened of the passing of Dr. Yung. I have been a patient of Dr. Yung's for over 25 years. I will miss his smile and laugh. RIP Dr. Yung
Dr.Frank Yung had been our family dentist for over26 years.He was such an exceptional dentist.we are deeply sadden to hear the passing of Dr.Frank Yung. He will be greatly missed.our sincere condolences to the Yung family.
I've been seeing Dr Yung for almost 20 years and he changed my perceptions of dentists forever. Not only was he a fabulous dentist, he was a wonderful person who genuinely cared. Dr Yung will be missed.
Just heard the news from my parents. You were more than an dentist to our family. When my mother was battling breast cancer you showed her so much care. You will be missed by so many thank you for coming into our lives. You will live on in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to the Yung family.
I am deeply sadden to hear the passing of Dr. Yung. I've been a patient of Dr. Yung for 20+ years and I will miss his smile the most. May he rest in peace and my condolences to his family.
I want to thank Siu Fong, Clarisse and Hilary for making this guest book permanent. I am really touched by your kindness and your generosity. Thank you to everyone who left all these beautiful messages for Frank. Your love will be with him wherever he is.
Cecilia Yung (Frank's wife)
Dr. Yung had been my dentist and my parents' dentist for over 25 years. We trusted him implicitly and are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. For the kindness, compassion and exceptional care he extended to his patients, and for the charitable work he did around the world, Dr. Yung was so much more than just a dentist. He epitomized of best of human decency and integrity. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
For almost thirty years, my family was blessed to be under Dr. Yung's care. He watched my children now in their twenties grow up. Dr. Yung was always so professional yet warm and caring; calm and patient yet quick and perfect in his job; knowledgeable yet selfless in sharing his knowledge; confident yet humble. My teeth from lack of dental care in my childhood were always a challenge. But Dr. Yung was always so reassuring that I would be nervous no more. His impeccable skills in re-shaping my teeth after a filling or root canal made me think he would make a great sculptor too if he chose to be one. His work in the office was not just a job, but a passion, and not just to satisfy a passion, but to help in the best interest of his patients. His life sure made the world a better place; a shining example and inspiration to a sometimes cold and dark world. Dr. Yung, may you rest in peace in God's bosom. You are dearly missed.
Our sincere condolences goes out to Dr. Yung's family. May you find strength in the support of a circle of friends that you may not know personally but whose lives have been touched by Dr. Yung. And that one day, you will be reunited with him in heaven.
The Kung family
Dr. Frank will have not left this earth without blessing many people. What a very humble, extremely kind and thoughtful human being. I came to him as a patient many years ago after not going to a dentist for 5 years. He dispelled many myths about dentistry and was always in the forefront with the "newest" and "unique" machines. When redoing my fillings (old metal) with the new white materials, he took pictures of the before and after and documented the long lasting durability of them....he was going to write a paper and asked me if the pictures could go in.....no face, just teeth...why not? Dr. Frank's compassion for those in other countries truly has earned him a star in the heavens. Though he is gone from our sight, his presence will always be felt in our hearts and think of him when we hear of what Doctor's without Borders continues to accomplish in the coming years.
Dr Yung was not only a great dentist, he was a better human being. His warmth and kindness will forever be missed.
Mary & George
My mother called me the other day to tell me that Dr. Yung had passed away. To say the least, I was shocked and heart broken. I haven't seen Dr. Yung since I moved 4 years ago, but he had taken care of me since I was a kid (I'm now 35) and literally watched me grow up. As a child, I could never relate to the horrors of visiting the dentist as going to Dr. Yung's was like a treat (except when I had cavities:) ). He always greeted you with his warm smile and made a point to talk about what was going on in your life. When I had my two front teeth knocked out during an unfortunate childhood incident, he joked about it, made me laugh and fixed my smile in time for class photos. I will never forget that.
Dr. Yung not only cared about his patients but also others less fortunate. He proudly displayed many photos of his involvement with Doctors Without Borders in the office for all to see.
Dr. Yung, thank you for taking care of me and countless others. You will truly be missed by everyone whose lives you have touched.
Frank was well known and well liked in the laser dentist community. He was a genuine pioneer. Frank fit the true definition of a gentleman and a scholar. May he rest in peace and condolences to his family.
I first met Frank some ten years ago at one of our annual ALD meetings. I was struck from the start by his knowledge on laser dentistry but also by his tolerance to differing opinions and positions. He always strived to go forward and to achieve perfection in his work. We all will miss him dearly especially as a beloved friend.
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Yung. Dr. Yung was a fantastic dentist in addition to being a kind and caring man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will greatly missed.
I think I was one of his first patients in 1981. He was one the greatest and kindness human beings. May the rest of your journey be peacefull and fulfilling.
Forever your patient
Frank, so much tme spent in your chair as a patient at the Faculty Of Dentistry U of T. Once a week for the duration of your training. You would later introduce me to staff and collegues as having gone to dental school together.
Even in those early days you would record the before and after transformations by taking photos of my teeth, gums and all the nooks and crevaces beyond. Each week I would take an afternoon off work where you and I would follow through your curriculam from oral hygene to pulp therapy, root canals and everything in between. You always said "trust me Brenda" How I remember the the tastes and sounds of that huge dental factory where I could see the admiration of your collegues and professors.
After graduation you took the road less followed by going north to work with the native population. "to give back".
You found beauty in life and transformed your office into a tranqual oasis with your profound photos and paintings of China. Even the wall sized mural of a forest was there to give the patients some diverson.
Your humanity was such a part of you. Your respect for all was touching and such a tribute to how you were raised.
We often talked about "the old days back at school". I had seen your graduation photo many times but was particulary moved to see you had placed small round frames around 5 or 6 of the images. You told me that these dentists had passed away and you wanted to honour their memory You reminded me where they had their work stations back at school.
You apologised for giving me "old school" dental equipment to take to Cuba explaining that they would not be trained in your current methods.
Whether it was the debate over metal or resin fillings or use of antibiotics you always finished with "trust me Brenda"
You came from a chemo treatment to keep our last appointment. I wept through the whole procedure that my friend and selfless humanitarian should be faced with such an awful thing. You who never had a cavity and said you were envious because you couldn't feel what your patients did You asked what "metal on Metal felt like? I said "trust me Frank" You who gave yourself a root canal in the office one Sunday. You have given so much to the world holding your clinics in Central America, passing on you love of dentistry to the next generation.
We will forever have a huge hole in our lives but have been blessed by your presence and dignity.
Dr. Yung was a great man and an even better dentist. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to the Yung Family.
Dr. Yung, Rest in Peace and you will be dearly missed by all of us. Our condolences to Dr. Yung's family.
Chan Family (Richmond Hill)
To the family and friends of Dr. Frank Yat-Wai Yung
Frank and I met somewhere between the year 1998 and 2000, at a lecture I was giving for a company then called Ceram Optec on the 980nm diode laser. In my feeble old age the years seem to blend together but it was somewhere around then. We were initially laser dentistry colleagues but quickly became friends. Frank proved to be one of the most unique individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting. I am proud to have known him and proud to have been able to call him friend, but when I think of Frank another term also comes to mind and that is hero. The dictionary definition of hero is: 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities, and 2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: as in “ He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.” Frank fills these definitions and more. Unfortunately young people today think of heroes most often as individuals who are good with a puck or a ball. A hero is much more than that however. Let me try and list Frank's positive attributes. Let's go alphabetically starting with: affable, amenable, amiable, assiduous, achiever, alert, ambitious, aspiring, benevolent, bright, brilliant, brave, boundless, capable, charming, cheerful, coherent, confident, cooperative, courageous, credible, cultured, caring, charitable, considerate, courteous, etc etc. I think I have accomplished my goal that to completely alphabetize, his positive attributes would take innumerable pages. Let me just say Frank was MY hero. He was the kindest, most polite, most humble gentleman I have ever had the opportunity to know and he was a true humanitarian. His erudite knowledge and wisdom eclipsed that of the finest Rhode scholars. His laser knowledge was unsurpassed. Frank left us at much too young of an age but those whose lives he touched will never forget Dr. Frank Yat-Wai Yung a true hero.
Like the words of the song:
Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I wish I could be.
Thank you, thank you, thank God for you, the wind beneath my wings.
Michael D Swick DMD
God must have needed a Dentist and called on the Best!
You will be deeply missed.
Dr. Yung has been our family's dentist for 24 years. Saddened by the loss of our great dentist. He will be missed. Our condolences to Dr. Yung's family.
Thank you for the smile you helped to nurture and blossom since day 1, that I so proudly show the world everyday.
Got the sad news today....My sincere condolences to Dr. Yung's family and friends. A fantastic person in addition to be a superb dentist. I'm at a loss for words, but, Frank, you are in a better place. You will be missed...
I am both honored and humbled to have been mentored by Dr. Frank Yung in the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and through the process having become not just colleagues, but great friends sharing a passion for laser dentistry. Frank has always been insightful, kind, and generous with his time and in sharing his wealth of knowledge. Dr. Frank Yung was a distinguished 2007 recipient of the Leon Goldman Award for clinical excellence in the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He was a great leader, a passionate researcher, a master clinician, an inspiring teacher, and a sincere friend. I was deeply saddened to hear that Frank has been taken so early from us. I know he still had so many ambitious projects and goals. He will be greatly missed and always very fondly remembered. May the light he shared with us forever shine!
We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of not just a great dentist, but also a fantastic human being. When I told you how much I admired you for your benevolent act in caring for the poor and needy, you either didn't think much about it or were busy going about taking care of other patients. I wish I had insisted on stopping you for a minute to iterate my sentiment. You are now gone but we still struggle to understand why. We'll miss you tremendously. May you rest in peace, Dr. Frank Yung.
-- Wilfred Chan and family
Dr. Yung will always have a special place in our hearts.
Just heard the news this morning. Our family considers Frank as a friend than our dentist. We know he is in a better place in heaven. Frank, we bid you farewell.
Dr Yung had been our family's trusted dentist for the past 24 years. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to The Yung Family.
Frank, we missed you as our family dentist ever since I came to this country. Rest in peace Frank.
Dr. Frank Yung's Memorium:
Our families have known Dr. Yung for more than 30 years and we are so saddened to hear of his passing. We were some of his first patients and he cared for all four generations of our families with warmth and affection, from the first day to the last. Dr. Yung was a wonderful, respectful, selfless and tireless person. He was practical and intelligent, honourable and generous, patient and kind. His willingness to help others was unconditional. He helped many people who couldn't afford dental care in countries around the world in his capacity with Doctors Without Borders. He had a big heart and golden hands, the best in the dental profession. He was a person to emulate, a great example not only for his sons but for all human beings. Dr. Yung was an exceptional doctor and an extraordinary person. We will always remember his smile and his trademark assurances that we all “have a beautiful set of teeth.” Thanks, Dr. Yung, for helping us keep them that way for all these years.
Our deepest condolences go out to Dr. Yung's family and friends. He left us too soon and he will be deeply missed, both as a person and as a doctor. May his family have strength for the future and fond memories of the wonderful man that was Dr. Frank Yung. May he rest in peace.
From the Goron, Shribman, Zolotovitsky, Estulin families, Kate Lotkina, Ernst Zaltsberg, and Toma Bukhgalter.
Dr.Yung was an outstanding dentist who possessed the tremendous ability to compass and care. He also possessed the G-d's given hands which allowed him to perform all unpleasant dentistry procedures without creating any pain, discomfort and distress to his patients.
In addition to all professional skills, he was a very nice, friendly and cheerful person.
In our progmatic age his altruistic work in the developing countries should not be underestimated.
Dr.Yung's untimely death is a great personal loss to me.
This is to commemorate a great doctor, skilled and innovative, and a great humanitarian. He will remain forever in our hearts and our mouths.
Larisa & Ilya, his patients of 31 years
My mom and I have been Dr. Yung's patients for a very long time. During his last few months, he was still regularly working in the office and taking good care of his patients. A few months ago, while touching my cheek, Dr. Yung said to me, "Lillian, you a have very beautiful set of teeth.". He was truly the most affectionate and caring man. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.
For over 30 years, Frank has been our family dentist. He'll be remembered as a kind, genuine person and a great professional. May you rest in peace.
I met Frank shortly after his arrival in Canada (I was in one of his math classes at Bathurst) and was struck from the moment I first saw him what a kind, decent, and honourable person he was. I have often thought about him over the years and am so very saddened to learn that he has been taken from us.