At the venerable age of 97, Bo Wah Fung passed away peacefully on November 20, 2023, at Mon Sheong Stouffville Long-Term Care Home. As the treasured wife of the late Chung Kwai Fung and the cherished mother of Ko Bong (Winnie) and Danny Ko Yin (late Brenda), Bo Wah's memory will be held dear in the hearts of many. She leaves behind a rich legacy as the adored grandmother to Gerry (Nicole), Irene (Tim), Jeannie (Tony), Emily, and Stephanie, and as a loving great-grandmother to Madeleine, Jacob, Malcolm, Benjamin, and Mia.
Born on August 30, 1926, in Jiujiang, Nanhai, a town nestled in the Pearl River Delta southeast of Guangzhou, Bo Wah was the esteemed fourth child in her close-knit, affluent family. Her father cherished her deeply, moved by her exceptional work ethic and dedication.
Bo Wah's youth was marked by the tumult of war. In 1938, as Japan invaded, her family sought refuge first in Macau, then in Zhanjiang, approximately 400 km west of Jiujiang. Amidst these upheavals, Bo Wah displayed remarkable resilience, juggling two jobs and night school in Zhanjiang, driven by her commitment to education.
After World War II, Bo Wah and her family returned to Jiujiang, rebuilding their lives amidst the backdrop of civil war and government corruption. In 1949, she married Chung Kwai and later moved to Hong Kong, awaiting reunion with Chung Kwai in Cuba. The family's trajectory changed dramatically with the political upheaval in Cuba in 1959, leading to Chung Kwai's return to Hong Kong and Bo Wah's unwavering support in sustaining the family through challenging times.
Bo Wah's dedication to her family continued after moving to Canada in support of her children's pursuit of better opportunities. In Ottawa, she became a pillar of support for her family, caring for her grandchildren and integrating into the community with grace and joy.
Bo Wah's life was a tapestry woven with love, perseverance, and kindness. Her enduring commitment to family, her resilience in the face of adversity, and her nurturing spirit have left an indelible mark on her loved ones.
We invite you to join us in celebrating her remarkable journey at the Elgin Mills Cemetery & Visitation Centre, 1591 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Richmond Hill, on Saturday, December 2, at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to the Mon Sheong Stouffville Long-Term Care Centre (https://monsheong.akaraisin.com/ui/donations/donations/start?it=6&amt=20).
Elgin Mills Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centres
1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, ON, CANADA, L4S 1M9