Tony Yee, 85, died peacefully Saturday, August 17 in San Diego following a period of illness. He was born in China and was the first born son of a large family.
In his early years, Mr. Yee immigrated to the United States, was drafted into the US Army and served his country during the Korean War. He later met his wife at a local picnic in Arizona and subsequently became a small business owner, first running a liquor store in Phoenix for 10 years, then running a dry cleaning establishment in Mira Mesa and Penasquitos named Julie’s Cleaners. He took special pride in this later business, operating it for over 30 years and retiring in his early 70s. He truly enjoyed helping and interacting with his thousands of customers – he knew the majority of them by name and was able to remember each item of their individual cleaning orders. Mr. Yee was also passionate about donating and volunteering his time and dry cleaning services to many local San Diego houses of worship, cleaning the various vestments, robes and garments worn by their clergy and choir members.
Mr. Yee was a truly devoted husband, father, brother and friend who always selflessly put the needs of others first. A humble man, he also had that rare ability to make everyone around him comfortable. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, his two sons, five sisters, two brothers and his many relatives and friends.
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