Cynthia Lai, a municipal councilor for Scarborough North, passed away at 68, the City of Toronto has announced. Lai was recently admitted to the hospital after being treated for bladder cancer. Therefore, the cause of death could have been gallbladder cancer.
Lai had been running for reelection in Ward 23 before her unexpected demise. Her two children, Derrick and Darren Fung, and her spouse C.K. Fung, survive her. Funeral plans will be revealed later.
Mayor John Tory expressed his “deep sadness” at learning of her passing in a statement.
She was a decent person who was professional, respectful, and good at anything she did. She was also a joyful optimist. I am honored to have had the chance to serve beside her,” Tory added.
Tony Wong, a former Ontario MPP, Markham Town Council member, and York Regional Council member, was Tony’s cousin. She relocated to Toronto after leaving Hong Kong in 1972, where she remained until her passing.
Lai, who represents Scarborough North, was chosen to serve in the Toronto City Council in 2018. (Ward 23). On October 21, 2022, just three days before the municipal election, she unexpectedly passed away while running for reelection.
She was the first Chinese-Canadian woman to be chosen as the head of the Toronto Real Estate Board, according to Tory. She also participated in several volunteer and fundraising projects for several organizations.
Tory stated, “I know she was always incredibly proud of her ancestry, family, professional accomplishments, and outstanding work for the community as a volunteer for numerous charitable causes and in politics.