earest friends and relatives, thank you all very
much for joining us to celebrate the life of our beloved father.
Father came to Hong Kong from Guangzhou 70 years
ago. He left school at
the age of 13 to help in the family business.
After his own father passed away, father took over as head of
the family whilst in his early twenties.
For four decades, father worked 18 hours every
day and yet still made great efforts to continue his education.
Mother fondly recalls father going to his lessons on a sedan
chair in the days when the motor car was a rarity.
This thirst for knowledge was sustained even when we were
growing up. Many of us
remember the English tutor who came to our home, who also doubled up
as the family herbalist, prescribing us children foul tasting
concoctions. We also have
vivid memories of the laboratory that fatherís chemistry tutor set
up at our family home, as well as the well stocked library of Chinese
books with subjects ranging from astronomy to history.
Father was a self-made entrepreneur.
He had learned hard lessons in his exposure at an early age to
the tough world of business and was determined to improve himself
extraordinary intellect despite inadequate formal education, sharp
acumen, resourcefulness and perseverance were the foundation for his
success. He set up many successful businesses amidst the difficult
economic conditions of the time.
The more memorable ones include the pungent preserved fruit
factory with its large stock of fancy porcelain ginger jars; the
confectionary distributorships for several international brands;
the traditional cake shop that sold moon cakes; the trading
house which was a leading importer of frozen chicken and ham; the
aluminium pots and pans factory that was the first to produce
non-stick pans in Hong Kong; and the construction business that built
our family home, as well as several large buildings in Yau Ma Tei and
other places that are still standing today.
Father retired from active business soon after
the age of 50. Following
his retirement, he devoted more time to his ongoing community service
with institutions including Ching Chung Koon in Tuen Mun, The Tung
Koon District General Association, Tung Koon Wong Clansmenís
Association and The Scout Association of Hong Kong.
Whilst he was President
of the Rotary Club of Kowloon East, he persuaded all members to
contribute significantly to the Rotary Foundation charity, making his
Club the first 100% Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Club in the world.
But it was his family and their academic
endeavours and achievements which gave father the greatest pleasure in
life. From the start he
did his utmost to encourage our academic pursuits which he considered
to be the basis for success in life.
Father did not just urge us to work hard, his own example was
Father was always interested to hear how we got
on with our studies and our work.
In order to become more informed about education for his
children, father participated heavily in the activities of some of the
schools and served for many years as PTA Chairman of
Yau Ma Tei Government Primary School and later on Queen
Elizabeth School, contributing significantly to the development of the
schools. Mother frequently recalls the times when father gave speeches
as PTA Chairman. She was
quite worried that his inadequate formal education would be a handicap
when speaking before learned scholars and teachers.
Although his English could hardly be described as fluent,
father was fearless and made many overseas journeys alone, in the
interests of his family, to meet headmasters, university heads, and
business associates all over the world.
Father continued to maintain a vigorous interest
in his grandchildrenís education without interfering directly.
Now, in addition to his six sons who are medical doctors, there
are to date five grandchildren who are also doctors, not forgetting
his two daughters and other grandchildren who have excelled in their
Fatherís favourite enjoyment was to spend time
with mother and his large family, which gave him immense pleasure.
His legacy is his large and close-knit family.
We admire and love him and will forever remember him as our
Lastly, we must all thank our dearest mother for
the selfless devotion that she has lavished on our father over the 66
years of their journey together through life.
Father was indeed blessed with the good fortune of a loving and
dedicated companion such as our mother.
May father rest in peace and take comfort in the
knowledge that all of us will be devoted to motherís well being and
and all members of the Wong family