G. Raymond Chang, Toronto philanthropist, mourned today
Family and friends gathered at the funeral of former Ryerson University Chancellor, G. Raymond Chang today.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chang came to Canada as a young man to study. He went on to become a successful accountant and businessman and left his mark on Toronto for his philanthropy.
Chang, 65, lost his battle with Leukemia on July 27 surrounded by family.
He served as a director of CI Financial Corp., a wealth-management company he had spent three decades with.
In 2006 he became chancellor Ryerson University and donated $5 million to the school.
The continuing education building was named in his honour.
“It's the success of young people to make Canada a great nation and to contribute in that way I know is the place his heart meant the most,” said Sheldon Levy, president of Ryerson University at the funeral Saturday.
Chang was a big supporter of the Jamaican community, never forgetting about his roots.
“He touched me because he created a Caribbean fellowship for subspecialty internal medicine,” said family friend Dr. Herbert Ho-Ping Kong.
Chang held honorary doctorates from the University of the West Indies as well as Ryerson and was named an officer of the Order of Canada only weeks before his death.
“[He was] always looking out for people, always thinking that he had to take care of everybody,” his sister Thalia Lyn said — which is how his family hopes he is remembered.