Swe-Yen Lam passed away suddenly in Koh Samui, Thailand on March 30, 2013 at the tender of age 34 years.
Swe-Yen is lovingly remembered by her best friend Jenny, fiancé, Mark Wade, friends Andrea, Rafella, Letitia, Chris and his finance Shannon, amongst numerous additional friends. Direct family include her father Leong, bonus mom, Glendene, Mother, Valerie, step father, Ricardo, sisters, Swe Tjin and husband Matthew, Swe Liang, brothers Kin Leong and Joshua, niece Madeleine, as well as many exceedingly special family and extended family members who meant a great deal to her.
Swe-Yen was born in Birmingham, England on January 15, 1979, and immigrated to Newfoundland with her family in 1989. Swe-Yen greatly valued educaiton and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Biochemistry in 2001 and a Bachelor of Nursing in 2007.
Swe-Yen taught ESL in Korea from 2002-2004. For the past six years, Swe-Yen travel nursed in various locales, almost always with Mark. From Yellowknife, NWT, High Level and Fort Vermillion, Alberta, Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia with many stops in between. Colleagues of Swe-Yen describe her as an incredibly bright, beautiful, caring and giving nurse who positively impacted every person she met. This is evidenced by the dedication of a new trauma room at St. Theresa’s General Hospital in Fort Vermillion in her honour.
Swe-Yen loved life, squeezing everything she could out of it. She travelled extensively, worked hard, played hard, loved her family and deeply loved Mark. We will miss so many things - her eyes that offered a glimpse in to her beautiful soul, her laugh that filled a room, her smile that lit up our world, her crazy British/Newfoundland accent. The very essence of Swe-Yen was love, and her love we will carry with us until we meet again.
Memorial services have been held in Koh Samui Thailand on April 3, 2013, at The Portside Pub in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 13, 2013, at Barrett’s Funeral Home in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 21, 2013 and at St. Theresa’s General Hospital in Fort Vermillion, Alberta on April 24, 2013.
To honour Swe-Yen’s values, a scholarship fund has been established at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Nursing. Donations may be made by mail, internet or telephone. Cheques may be sent to: Alumni Affairs and Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 20 Lambe’s Lane, St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7. By internet, donations may be made online through this webpage: https://www3.mun.ca/alumni/giving.p001. By telephone, please call (709) 864-6763 or Toll Free 1-877-700-4081. *When making a donation, please indicate that it is in memory of Swe-Yen Lam*
~ Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength ~
Ralph W. Sockman