KHU, José (Joe) Bun Kee
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July 10, 1920 - July 10, 2012
José Khu passed away on his 92nd birthday. He was born in Manila, Philippines, and was educated at De La Salle College in Manila and at the University of Nanking, at the time temporarily located in Chengdu, the wartime capital of China. He moved with his family to Canada in 1973. With native-level skills in both Mandarin Chinese and English, he was an active leader of the Chinese community in Calgary from the mid-1970s until about the mid-1990s. Among his various activities, he was a founder and principal of the Calgary Chinese School (Mandarin) in the late 1970s; president of the Sino-Canada Culture Association in 1979-1980; the Chairman of the Calgary Chinese Committee for Alberta's 75th Celebration; the sole Chinese representative on the Alberta Cultural Heritage Council for 1981 to 1983, and again in 1987; the president of the Calgary Chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council in 1982-83, 1986, and 1989-90; and the president of the United Calgary Chinese Association (UCCA) from 1985-88. During his time with the UCCA, José was actively involved in the Chinatown Revitalization Plan, a plan to clean up Chinatown and to keep it a distinct part of the city; and in the negotiations and raising of funds for the building of the Wah Ying Mansion (Seniors' Building) and the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. He is survived by Josette, his wife of 54 years; seven children: Cecilia, Elena, Agnes (Chandran), Thomas (Mirasol), Josephine (Brian), David, and Peter (Nao); and six grandchildren: Anna Mylvaganam, Amelia Mylvaganam, Albert Khu, Carlin Khu, Arabella Khu, and Maya Khu. No funeral service will be held. Please forward condolences through www.hffs.com. The online guestbook can be signed at www.legacy.com/guestbook/ Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=jose- khu&pid=158511984. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Peter Lougheed Centre of the Calgary General Hospital, 3500 26 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T1Y 6J4, (Telephone: 403-943-4555). Our sincerest thanks to the professional and considerate staff of the Peter Lougheed Centre.
Published in The Calgary Herald from July 13 to July 14, 2012