Obituary of Chang Y. Lee
Chang Y “Peter” Lee passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Just a few days shy of his 95th birthday, Chang had shared 94 years of unconditional love, laughter, and amazing memories with family and friends.
Chang received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Tung Ji University in Shanghai, China. In 1948, he relocated to the United States. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He attained his Professional Engineering license and formed his own engineering consulting firm, Lee & Associates, in New York City.
He met his loving wife, Florence Yen Yee Liu (Lee) In New York City. They were married in 1955, spent many of their years raising their family in New Jersey and eventually moved to southern California. While in New Jersey, Chang started a children’s Chinese language program and cultural awareness group. In the later years, he accepted a job which allowed them to relocate to southern California. They remained in CA for 30 years where he eventually retired. After his retirement, he worked as a consultant for Disney for 5 years, returning back home to New Jersey in 2016.
Chang and Florence shared many travel adventures throughout their 65 years of marriage. They visited Russia, Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia, and last, but not least, Egypt. Along with traveling, Chang loved to watch sports and was a patron of the arts (all types of music and theater). He had a heart of gold, a zest for life and a generous spirit of caring for everyone. He always felt blessed and thankful for what he had and what he could do to help others. He was a loving husband, devoted father and wonderful friend to all. He accomplished so much during his lifetime and the world is a little bit brighter for his achievements. He will be deeply missed and forever treasured in our hearts and memories.
He leaves only joyful memories to his beloved wife, Florence; his adored daughters, Madeleine Lee and her husband Kenneth Fagan of Westfield (NJ), Julianna Douches and her husband David of Okemos (MI), and Helen Krisiewicz and her husband Edward of Parsippany (NJ); his cherished grandchildren, Jacqueline and husband Gregory and Daniel Douches, Lia and Peter Fagan, and Alexandra and Amanda Krisiewicz; his caring siblings, Theodore “Teddy” Lee, Dorothy Chen, and Peggy Yee; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
All services will be private at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being accepted to the Parkinson’s Foundation, American Cancer Society, or American Heart Association by way of www.inmemof.org. Please leave a condolence, light a candle, and share your favorite memory of Chang here to continue to celebrate the life he shared with us.
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