Pop­u­lar green­house founder to be re­mem­bered with cel­e­bra­tion of life

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Dave Ma­bell LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held Saturday for a en­tre­pre­neur who be­gan help­ing Leth­bridge gar­den­ers 60 years ago.

Dan Ng opened Dan’s Green­house in 1957, grow­ing toma­toes as well as gar­den­ready flow­ers that added beauty to his adopted city.

He passed away at home Mon­day at 82 years, sur­rounded by mem­bers of his fam­ily.

Born in Zhongsan, China, he im­mi­grated to Canada as a 17-year-old. Ng opened his green­house near 43 Street South five years later, start­ing with toma­toes and other veg­eta­bles grown for lo­cal restau­rants and su­per­mar­kets.

He not only grew them, fam­ily mem­bers point out, but he also de­liv­ered them — driv­ing his truck as far north as High River.

Cut flow­ers and bed­din­gout plants for Leth­bridge res­i­dents soon fol­lowed.

The busi­ness was handed down to the next gen­er­a­tion when Ng of­fi­cially re­tired, but Cullen and Con­nie Ng say their father and father-in-law kept his hand in its daily op­er­a­tions for many years more. He suf­fered a stroke three years ago.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Shandy, as well as Cullen and Con­nie Ng, his daugh­ter Elaine in Ed­mon­ton and his sons Dick­son in Leth­bridge and Danny in Cal­gary. He also had seven grand­chil­dren, in ad­di­tion to rel­a­tives in China, Hong Kong, the U.S. and else­where in Canada.

Fol­low­ing a pri­vate fam­ily ser­vice on Saturday, the pub­lic cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Galt Mu­seum.

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Her­ald file photo by David Ros­siter

Dan Ng picks up a pot among a dis­play of poin­set­tias at Dan’s Green­house dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Christ­mas sea­son. The green­house owner passed away ear­lier this week.

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