Jonathan LEE

Obituary of Jonathan Patrick LEE

August 25, 1977 – Edmonton, Alberta
June 28, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta


Words cannot express the depth of sorrow we feel in announcing the passing of Dr. Jonathan Lee. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend, and an outstanding plastic surgeon. Jonathan suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on June 21, 2020, while vacationing in Sicamous, BC, and passed away peacefully at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC, on Sunday, June 28, 2020. He was 42.

Jonathan leaves to mourn his loving wife Wanda, his dear stepchildren, Nickolaus, Owen, Madaline, and Emerson; his precious babies, Bennett and Bianca; his loving parents, Patrick and Linda Lee; his dear sister Christy (aka Jit) and her husband Derek; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, patients, and colleagues.

Jonathan received his medical degree from the University of Alberta, where he also completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After further fellowship training in New York University Medical School and the University of Toronto, he set up his private practice in Calgary while carrying out clinical on-call duties mostly at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, where he served as Site Chief of Plastic Surgery for two years. He also held a faculty position at the University of Calgary. In 2015, Jonathan founded the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, which soon became one of the most recognized plastic surgery clinics in Calgary. He was a visionary in his field and never one to be satisfied with the status quo.

Jonathan was an amazing man. He was a dedicated and gifted perfectionist who was passionate about everything he did, from playing piano in his teens with both the Calgary Civic and the University of Calgary Orchestras, to performing surgeries, to sports, photography, and travel. His attention to detail was even evident in his fashion sense. But without a doubt, the greatest highlight of his life was becoming a Dad.

Jonathan was both a keen observer of life and a daring participant! His sense of humor and at times mischievous ways were legendary, as his friends and family can attest to. His smile would light up the room, and his laughter was contagious! His patients appreciated not only his medical expertise, but also his calm and genuinely kind and caring manner.

We take comfort in knowing that Jonathan packed so many unique experiences into his life. He worked hard but he made time to play hard too. We are thankful for the many wonderful memories we have of the times we shared together. He has accomplished much in his life and we are proud of the positive impact he has had on so many lives. He will be sorely missed.

Well done, dear Jonathan! Love you forever!

Due to the COVID pandemic, a celebration of Jonathan’s life will be held at a later date.  Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Jonathan’s obituary at If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Jonathan’s name directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (

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