October 23rd, 2017

Popular greenhouse founder to be remembered with celebration of life


By Lethbridge Herald on October 11, 2017.

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. Herald file photo by David Rossiter

Dave Mabell
Lethbridge Herald
dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com
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 garden-ready 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 bedding-out 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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