In memory of
伍求登先生Kau Tang (Don) Ng
January 25, 1932 -
June 24, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kau Tang Ng, who died peacefully at Baycrest Hospital in Toronto, Ontario with his family at his side on June 24, 2019.
Born in Taishan, Guangdong Province, China (1932), he immigrated to Canada in 1952. Living first in Calgary, he later established his roots in Toronto. Although fully apprenticed as a tailor in Hong Kong, Kau Tang found life-long success as a restauranteur, philanthropist, and business leader in Toronto.
Kau Tang, widely known as Don Ng, was the founder and proprietor of Hoo Wah Garden Restaurant & Tavern; a popular and highly regarded Chinese restaurant located at the corner of Glen Park and Dufferin in North York. Together with his wife and family, Don established one of the first authentic Chinese restaurants in North York. The restaurant became a cornerstone eatery in the community, attracting numerous loyal customers throughout its time in business. Hoo Wah served generations of families for more than 45 years and continues to be remembered as a beloved establishment.
Known for his extensive community commitment, Don was a senior member of several benevolent societies that supported local Chinese families and seniors. He held many leadership positions, including President of the Taishan Friendship Association of Ontario, Chairman of the Toronto Eng Suey Sun Association and a founding board member of the Ontario Chinese Restaurant and Food Service Association. With his charismatic personality and strong work ethic, Don greatly contributed to the betterment of the local Chinese community.
Don also had a passion for philanthropy and strived to share his success with those in need. With his generosity, he sponsored many local charities and hockey teams, and funded the construction of a large school in his family village of San Pan Lai in the 1980’s. Over the years, Don received many honours for his charitable acts and community involvement from the local Chinese community, the City of Toronto, and the government of China. After retiring in 2006, Don continued to support his local community as an elder leader.
Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mei Har (May) Ng, four daughters and eight grandchildren; Frances Ng-Wong (Colin Wong) and children Justin and Melanie; Shirley Ng-Chow (Doug Chow) and children Kevin, Matthew, Christopher and Brittany; Peggy Ng (Ernest Pereira); Susan Ng (Andrew Maidment) and children Tristan and Portia; together with a large extended family. Don is predeceased by his mother Wai Ho Lim, father Sai Fong Ng, and sister Jackie Wong. Having immigrated to Canada by himself, Don took special pride and enjoyment in his family’s achievements, birthdays, weddings and special occasions. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 am on July 4th at York Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 160 Beecroft Rd, Toronto M2N 5Z5, with interment and reception to follow. Visitation is Wednesday July 3rd, 5-9 pm and Thursday July 4th, 9:30-10:30 am at the York Cemetery and Funeral Centre.