Mr. San Hu ("San") was born on Oct 8, 1925 in Shanghai, China. His ancestors were from Shun Tak Province, in Guongdong. San's father moved to Shanghai for work in the early 1920’s and San grew up and studied primary and secondary school and university in Shanghai. San was very smart and hard-working. In 1948, at the age of 23, he graduated from Shanghai Daitung University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He initially started working in Shanghai and then immigrated to Hong Kong with his family in 1949. He started two trading firms, Milton Trading and New Ocean Trading Company, that specialized in import/export of goods including steel, consumer staples, etc. His office was located in the Old China Building in Central, Hong Kong.
Apart from his loving wife, Stella Wong Po May and his family, San’s “true love” was definitively stamps. At the young age of 13 (1938), San developed an interest in stamps and started to research and collect them while he was in Shanghai. To date, he has accumulated over 81 years of expertise in stamp collection. Mr. San Hu is a founding and life time member of Hong Kong Stamp and Coin Dealer Association and an Honorary President.
Mr. San Hu was interviewed by HKTVB to discuss his expertise in stamp collection and stamp appraisals. In the 1970’s, San and several of his best philatelist friends, including Mr. Law, Mr. Lee and Mr. Tse, established a non-profit stamp magazine called Wah-Kiu Stamp Digest. The magazine's purpose was to promote awareness and interest in stamps to the youth and the public. Mr. San Hu is well respected in the Hong Kong philatelist community because he has over 80 years of knowledge in Chinese and international stamps, both new and old. San has always been very humble, kind and willing to share his abundant knowledge and passion in stamps. He has built many lasting friendships in the Hong Kong philatelist community.
In 1991, Mr. San Hu immigrated to Toronto, Canada to enjoy retirement and to spend more time with his family and grandchildren. He and his immediate family, totaling 15 people, have taken numerous family trips around the world. During these family vacations, the family made many loving memories that will be cherished forever.
Mr. San Hu passed away on November 8th, 2019 at the age of 94. He was well-loved by his wife, children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. He led a truly blessed and loving life. We sincerely hope that you can celebrate his life with us and we will love and miss him dearly.