Kipe Lee, Ping Lee’s younger brother,
was born in Toi Shen, Kwantung, China on January 14, 1898.
Kipe came to Canada on February 15, 1921 via Vancouver,
British Columbia. Upon his arrival he paid the $500 head
tax. From there he moved to Windsor to be with his brother
Ping. For a short time he lived with Ping but eventually
rented a small apartment for himself. Every day he would
walk 12 to 14 miles to the Shawnee Tavern where he worked
as a chef. After winning some money from the Irish Sweepstake
he sent for his wife, Chan Chin Yu Lon and son, Robert Fong.
They arrived in Windsor in 1945, 23 years later delayed
because of the Japanese-China war and the Chinese Exclusion
Act. After the arrival of his wife and son, he worked for
Dragon Foods. Robert worked at Dragon Foods for a short
time before he and his wife Norma opened the Flying Tiger
Restaurant, then the Rickshaw Tavern, Ming’s and finally
the Royal Cantonese Cuisine. Kipe died on August 12, 1990.
He is survived by his wife and three sons, Robert, Daniel