Siu Ming Wong passed away suddenly and peacefully with his daughters Ping (Joe DiMenna), Jane (Jim Ferris) and Mary (Winston Persaud) by his side on March 31, 2019 at the age of 86. He is survived by his 9 beloved grandchildren: Rachael, Tyler, Isabella and Juliet DiMenna; Connor, Liam and Delaney Ferris; Mason and Tanner Persaud and numerous nieces and nephews in China. He is predeceased by his dear wife, Shui Sheung Wong.
Ming was born in Guangdong, China on September 5, 1932. He and his older sister were raised primarily by his mother as his father worked overseas. Despite coming from a small rural village, he was able to attend high school and then went on to attend teachers college where he met his wife. They worked together at a local elementary school until 1958, when they decided to move to Hong Kong where 2 of their daughters were born.
The family moved to Canada in December 1969, settling in London, Ontario. The family was complete with the birth of their last daughter. Ming got a job as a cook in a Chinese restaurant through a family friend. He was able to save enough money to open his own restaurant in 1975, which he ran until his retirement in 2010. Owning a restaurant is not easy, with long days and little time off, but Ming enjoyed being his own boss and providing well for his growing family. He always made time for his daughters and enjoyed his weekly day off from the restaurant with family dinners and treats.
Ming was a hard worker but also enjoyed reading, watching hockey and playing Mah Jong. He was also fond of sharing his point of view and getting into a friendly debate with people. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with friends, getting coffee at Tim Hortons and visiting his grandkids. While his later years were affected by his Alzheimers, he always had a smile on his face and looked forward to his daughters' visits with a coffee and a Boston Cream donut. He loved to tell stories of his youthful athleticism and academics during these visits. To the end, he maintained his pleasant disposition and was always grateful for all that he had in life. He will be dearly missed.
There will be a private family service on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, followed by a burial at York Cemetery. Condolences can be shared online and as an expression of sympathy, friends may wish to make a donation to the Alzheimers Society of Canada.