Dana Murray LEE
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July 30, 1956 – March 2, 2018

Passed away peacefully at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital Palliative Care Unit on March 2, 2018, in his 62nd year. He will be forever loved, cherished and missed by his wife, Lucy; his father, Murray; brother, Ian (Hilary); nephew, Eric; step-son, John (Chiara); grandson, Rio; extended family and friends and his extensive Ryerson family. Dana was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor (2016) and his aunt, Loreena (2017).

Dana was a beloved, award-winning Professor at Ryerson's RTA school of media. He lived his life to the end with grace, humour, strength and love.

Heartfelt thanks to the many angels who offered unconditional love and support throughout his journey.

In keeping with his lifelong spirit of giving, Dana has donated his body to science. A Celebration of Life will take place at Ryerson University, details to be announced via social media. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please perform random acts of kindness.

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Published in Toronto Star on Mar. 4, 2018.
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February 26, 2019
Can't believe it's a year already that we lost Dana. I didn't know him to well. More Lucy. But was a pleasure to have known him. Xo
Liz Cochrane
April 21, 2018
You couldn't ask for a better colleague. It was always a pleasure to work with Dana. He is missed.
Ken Radway
March 17, 2018
My thoughts and love go out to all of Dana's family and friends. He was a remarkable person with infectious energy, passion and a love for learning. He shared his love of broadcasting and trying new things with his adoring students at Ryerson. As a parent and a professional in the field now, I try to embody Dana's energy, passion and curiosity in everything that I do and it has a chain reaction of inspiring others.
Sarah Lue
March 9, 2018
The OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Committee extends our deepest sympathy to Dana's family and friends. We had the privilege of reading his award-winning nomination package and gained a glimpse of who he was professionally - a brilliant and passionate teacher. Our academic community has lost a wonderful educator who has touched the lives of many students and we are deeply saddened by this loss.
Judy Bornais
March 9, 2018
I had the pleasure of getting to know Dana and Lucy at Sunnybrook Hospital, as my father was a patient on the same floor. Dana and Lucy were always warm and engaging with every encounter.

Lucy - You took great care of Dana in his last moments. Now it's time to take care of yourself.

I am wishing you strength, peace, and good memories of Dana.

Warmly - Kar-Wei, Peter, Grace and Gavin
March 8, 2018
Henry & Anna De Lima
March 8, 2018
Dana was one of the best professors I had in university. He really looked out for his students and had the kindest soul. I'm truly saddened to hear that he's gone but am thankful to have known him. My condolences to his family at this time, and may he rest in peace.
Hollly Miranda
March 8, 2018
Was a pleasure to have known you. Will miss you. My thoughts are with you Lucy xoxo
Liz Cochrane
March 6, 2018
Justin Tokmak
March 6, 2018
Lucy--You have my deepest sympathy
Barbara De Lima
March 6, 2018
Dana Lee touched me in the short time tjat I came to know him through my beloved cousin and hid super dedicated wife, Lucy. He was a gracious host to me, my son Zachary de Lima, and my novia, Maria Elisa di Bartolomeo. We followed the good news of the marriage of his step son, his marriage to Lucy and the birth of his grandson; we reeled in shock at his diagnosis and stuggled mightily to come to terms with the prognosis. We prayed daily for his deliverance and the miracle of a return with good health to his wife and family. Now we pray for his place in Paradise and the sweetness of our memories of him forever.
Richard De Lima
March 6, 2018
To my friend Dana :
On Teaching
Kahlil Gibran

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.
You were indeed wise my friend. You will be missed.
Phil Dinan
Operations Manager Citytv/MuchMusic, Purchasing Manager Chum Television Ret.
March 6, 2018
Brian De Lima
March 6, 2018
Dana was the light, love, and many laughs to his wife Lucy. i am so sorry that his presence in this world will be missed. Sending condolences to Lucy and his family.
Paige Turner
March 6, 2018
Dana Lee was an amazing professor, a fantastic human, and an incredibly inspirational mind. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn from him and I am very saddened that such a bright star was taken from us all so soon. To Lucy and the rest of his family: my heart is with you in this difficult time.
Irada Seli
March 6, 2018
I am so sorry for your tragic loss, please know that you are loved.
patii sullivan oliver
March 6, 2018
I am so thankful to have known Dana. I would need be a graduate student without his support. He is a true example of kindness, humility, and grace. Much love, Aaron.
March 6, 2018
What a GIFT to have known you in this world, please accept our heartfelt sympathies to my special angel in the east and now my special angel above us. Much love ! My first of many random acts of kindness begins with this day, thank you for inspiring and loving life. Marilyn Morley & Family ~ Burnaby B.C.
Marilyn Morley
March 6, 2018
Though we never met in person , I have grown to adore you . May you find peace on your next journey . Unite with the other angels and watch over your loved ones left behind . This world was truly blessed to have you in it .
Trinda Hassel
March 6, 2018
I can say without reservation that Dana Lee was the nicest man I have ever met. May his memory be a blessing. RIP Dana.
Francine Socket
March 6, 2018
Sending my deepest condolences to you Lucy and your family....
Dorothy Camobell
March 6, 2018
Sincere condolences to Dana's family, friends, and the Ryerson family. I had him as an instructor in RTA / Ryerson and he was one of the finest I ever had.
Neal Wolk
March 6, 2018
My condolences to Dana's family. He will live on in so many hearts.
Bruce McNab
March 6, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the family.
A beautiful soul gone too soon. RIP Dana.
Elizabeth Raghunandan
March 6, 2018
What an honour to have you as a customer and get to know your wonderful, incredible soul!! May You Rest In Peace until Jesus returns and then we can all celebrate eternity together!!! With all our love in this world
Your JWFOODS family
William Fehr
March 6, 2018
Dana, you brought joy, enthusiasm and passion into everything you did. The last time I saw you, even though you were in the greatest battle of your life, it was you who uplifted me. What a special gift you had for giving love and kindness to others. And to see your love with your beautiful wife Lucy touched my heart in a way words cannot describe. You will be missed.....rest in peace
Cecilia Tement
March 6, 2018
May your soul rest in eternal peace. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to the world of science. Condolences to your beautiful family.
Geraldine Dorcas Kavembe
March 6, 2018
May your soul rest in eternal peace. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to the world of science
Geraldine Dorcas Kavembe
March 5, 2018
RIP, Dana. Lucy, please accept my most heartfelt condolences.
Lennox Borel
Lennox Borel
March 5, 2018
Dana inspired me in so many ways in the classroom and beyond. I was very lucky to be taught by such a bright light in this world and will always cherish the memories of him.
Marisa Tassone
March 5, 2018
The universe is both lighter for Dana's having been in it, and yet darker for his having left. A beautiful soul that has taught us dignity, grace and acceptance. Thank you, Dana, for teaching me these qualities. Love and heartfelt sympathies to Lucy.
Bernice Reed
March 5, 2018
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Dana. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven.
Sleep peacefully xo
Fraulein de Lima
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