Obituary for H.K. Lee, Jr.
Hay Kuhn “H.K.” Lee, Jr. passed away peacefully at home in Virginia Beach with his wife Debbie by his side January 12, 2018 following a long period of declining health. He was 71.
H.K. was a torchbearer for community-based services on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, and a champion of diversity and inclusion. If life were a party, H.K. would have made sure you’re invited. He was Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Vocational Center/Mental Retardation Services System; Grants Manager at the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse; and Director of Mental Retardation/Development Disabilities Services at the Western Tidewater Community Services Board.
Blessed with a creative, outgoing personality and love of life, he brought a sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything he did. An avid shag dancer, he was a founding member of the Northern Virginia Shag Club, a member of the Richmond Shag Club, the D.C. Hand Dancers, and a number of shag clubs along the east coast. H.K. was a popular shutterbug among co-workers and colleagues pre-Facebook, remembered for the prolific pictures he took to connect people. An alumnus of Randolph-Macon College, and fraternity president, he furthered his studies in Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University. Outside of his family whom he adored, the friends he made at his schools, work and clubs were always dear to him – he was still returning to Springbrook High School’s reunions in Maryland after more than 50 years.
Surviving relatives include his wife Debbie Lee of 15 years; children Gregory Lee and partner Krystle Archuleta, Michael Lee, Dena and Mike Pierson, Eric and Megan Hewitt; sister May-Lily Lee; grandchildren Stella, Jacob, Dylan, Zoey, Carley, Amber, Sydney, and Myles; and his lifelong friends Joe Horowitz, George Sprague and Jim Cannon.
A celebration of life will be held at Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4453 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia at 4:00 Thursday, January 25, 2018. Memorial donations may be made to the Eastern Shore Vocational Center 3462 Main Street, Exmore, Virginia 23350.
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