Mr. Lam was an Officer of the Order of Canada, the second-highest rank of the masterpiece of Canada's honours system. He was also a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, an honour that was bestowed by the Crown (the Royal Victorian Order is one of the only honours not bestowed on the advice of ministers); and lastly, he was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. On this sad and unfortunate occasion, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., the Governor General, issued a statement.
It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of the Honourable David Lam, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
An officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Lam was a popular lieutenant governor who played an important role in the public life of both British Columbia and Canada. As an Asian-Canadian, he inspired newcomers to Canada to join the mainstream of Canadian society and contribute to the life of their country.
Having prospered in the business world, Mr. Lam quietly made his influence felt in society, supporting higher education and many charitable endeavours. He was much-loved for his generosity and kindness to his community, and numerous public spaces and projects now bear his name.
My wife, Sharon, joins me in offering our deepest condolences to his family, friends and to all British Columbians.
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