Painter, account director, beloved wife, cherished daughter, loving sister, loyal friend, shining light. Born Feb. 20, 1974, in St. Catharines, Ont. Died Sept. 23, 2011, in Toronto of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, aged 37.
“Don’t worry, I’m going to get better and the future looks bright.” Regan Fung’s outlook on her illness was no surprise given her positive spin on life.
Regan was born in St. Catharines, Ont., to Robert Peacock, an educator, and Claudia, a restaurateur. From an early age Regan and her older brother, Erik, enjoyed good company and good food at countless get-togethers. This taught Regan the importance of keeping close ties with family and friends. She always came hungry to Easter and Christmas dinners with her family, and loved nothing more than devouring Peking duck with her in-laws during Chinese New Year.
After graduating from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St. Catharines, Regan earned a fine arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal. She had a lifelong passion for painting, embracing the use of oils, many shades of colour and implied shapes. She loved to paint, not as a vocation but as a natural part of who she was. Much of her art hangs in the homes of those who were close to her.
Her professional career included many years working with Alliance Atlantis in film and television production, as well as a long tenure as an account director at I.Q. Communications, which allowed her to use her skills in design, communication and organization. Her greatest accomplishment in both careers was her success in making dear friends. Bosses and co-workers alike loved her vivacious personality, great laugh and bright smile as much as her professionalism.
In her first career in the entertainment industry, she met her husband and love of her life, Allan. He was charmed by her beauty, boundless positive energy and unwavering kindness. From the moment they met in 1998, they shared great travel, adventure and domestic bliss. Together they hosted dinners that often lasted into the wee hours. Regan felt deeply that sharing good food at the end of a long day was a key factor in a successful marriage, and she always found time to make a delicious meal even after a long day at the office.
Despite her diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia 18 months after her wedding in 2004, and the long road of treatment that followed, Regan made it her mission to continue life as usual. Trips to Germany, Prague, Budapest, Greece, England and France were enjoyed with abandon.
Although Regan accepted her disease, she never allowed herself to succumb to negativity and she never wavered in embracing life to its fullest.
To her last days she painted, cooked and shared many good times with friends and family, allowing her mother, father, brother and husband to bask in her bright warm light right to the end.
By Allan Fung, Regan’s husband.