Brother Augustus Barry was born on 14th October 1909 in Burma. He arrived in Hong Kong on 6th January 1932. Brother Augustus taught Class 3 till his transfer to Mandalay on 22nd April 1933. He died in Rangoon (now called Yangon) in 1934.
Brother Hugh Bates was Irish, coming from Clonmel, County Tipperary. In 1930, he entered the Senior Novitiate and after four years of scholastic training, he chose to work in the East. He started off in St. Joseph’s Institution, Singapore and then worked in several schools in Malaysia. At the end of the War, he came to La Salle College. Brother Hugh was a workaholic who seemed to be happy only with working. Unfortunately, he could only stay with La Salle College for three years. At the age of 41, he died suddenly on 31st May 1953 in the Perth Street campus.
Brother Alban Benuska was born in Slovakia on 30th August 1914. He arrived in Hong Kong on 18th December 1933. He taught Classes 5, 6, 7 and 8. He was transferred to Czechoslovakia in 1947.
Brother Lawrence Blake was born in Ireland on 1st December 1929. He is the blood brother of Brother Mark. He ranks number 9 among the seven brothers and four sisters. Brother Lawrence served in other areas in South East Asia before coming to teach in La Salle College in August 1958. He taught English and Economics. He was good at playing tennis. He left La Salle College in 1968 for Sabah where he taught until 1975. Brother Lawrence was then transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong until becoming the Principal of Chong Gene Hang College in 1987. In 1995, he was transferred to Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College where he taught until he was promoted to be the Principal. He is now the supervisor of both schools. Brother Lawrence is the tallest Christian Brother in Hong Kong! In the photo of two Brothers, Bro Lawrence is on the right, his brother Mark beside him.
Brother Ubald Bloemen was born on 23rd August 1912 in Germany. He arrived in Hong Kong on 25th April 1933. He taught Class 2. In 1936, he was transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. He passed away in Manila in 1974.
Brother Alphonsus Breen arrived from Singapore in August 1958 and taught English, history and religion in La Salle College until he was transferred to St. Joseph’s College in 1962. He is presently Brother Director of St. Joseph’s College as well as Supervisor of the St. Joseph’s Primary School, St. Joseph’s College Kindergarten and De La Salle Secondary School, Fanling. He has contributed much to the Lasallian mission in Hong Kong.
Brother Cassian Brigant was born at Botsorkel, Finistre, Brittany, France in 1889. He received his early education at the famous Likes College of the Brothers at Quimper. In 1900, he entered the Junior Novitiate of the Brothers at the Nantes and completed his senior Novitiate and Scholasticate at Vauxbelets Quernesey by 1907. Brother Cassian then came East and served a short period of Scholasticate at Bandarawalla Colombo. Afterwards, he was sent to Singapore where he started to teach in 1908. In 1914, he was called to serve his country in World War I. He fought with the Infantry at Salonika, Sophia, Verdun and was wounded at Vaux. He received two citations for exceptional zeal and bravery in saving many wounded in the battlefield during intensive bombardment. His country decorated him with the Croix de Guerre avec etoile de bronze et etoile d’argent and the Medaille Militaire. The Government of Bulgaria offered Brother Cassian a ministerial post but at the end of the war he chose to resume his teaching in Singapore. Brother Cassian was very active outside the Dome. He founded the Teacher Association and served as president for three years. He took great interest in music and was a co-founder of the Hong Kong School Musical Association. Brother Cassian also played an active role in the development of scouting in Hong Kong. In recognition of his service to Hong Kong, Lord Rowallan decorated him with the Silver Acorn in 1954. Among many other decorations, the most notable ones are the Insignia of Officier D’Academie and the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government and the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Government.
|Contributed by:||Johanis — J. Sudama Sasraandjaja (’56-’59) Jakarta Indonesia 2007-12-07 11:36:51|
|Description:||Thank you for presenting this remembrance. I was present at his burial. He was a kind and gentle person. He helped me a lot. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. I was in his French Class. I’m now 66 years old and I have still fond memories of our shool.|
|Contributed by:||Mark Huang (85) 2007-02-16 22:13:48|
|Description:||Thank you for the information of Bro Cassian’s death and burial location. The error has been amended. Mark Huang (85) Heritage Sub-Committee LSCOBA|
|Contributed by:||Paul Tam, teacher of St. Joseph’s Primary School 2007-01-08 20:34:26|
|Description:||Please note that Brother Cassian is buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.|
Brother Casimir L’Angellier was born in Singapore, 5 May 1900. He belonged to a highly respected, staunch, long-standing Catholic family. After receiving his early education in St. Joseph’s Institution, Singapore, he was among the first novices to join the Da La Salle Brothers at the newly opened Novitiate in Kuala Lumpur, 1916.
After his religious and pedagogical training, he taught with success in Singapore and Malaysia. He held the post of Principal for more than 20 years. In 1970, he came to Hong Kong to help Brother Paul Sun in St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School. When his health deteriorated slightly he returned to help in La Salle Primary School.
He suffered a stroke in 1971 and was confined to St. Teresa’s Hospital where he remained an example of calm, patience and resignation to God’s will until his death on 18 December  – exactly one week short of his Golden Jubilee of Perpetual Profession as a Brother. He made his profession in the Order of the Brothers on Christmas Day, 1925.
The Brothers wish to record their sincere thanks to the Sisters and Nursing Staff of St. Teresa’s Hospital who over the past years rendered Brother Casimir such persevering, loving and devoted care.
The above is directly copied from the Hong Kong Catholic Church website.
The following was shared by Clarence Ng (1969) in January 2007″ Mr. Daniel Chan graduated from Diocesan Boys’ School in Hong Kong, and then initially pursued an Engineering major at Saint John’s University in Shanghai; later he switched to Political Science and Foreign Affairs. At Saint John’s University, he met his professor’s daughter; when he was at age 30, they married and had three boys and one girl. Mr. Daniel Chan taught Mathematics and English at La Salle College for almost 30 years. It was a big misfortune that during his early teaching years at La Salle College, he suffered from a severe ear infection and finally led to a profound hearing loss. Thereafter, he had to use a hearing aid. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a hearing aid was a fairly large electronic gadget. Most mischievous students referred him by his hearing stigma. It was in my Form 3 year, he taught me geometry. During the class, he mentioned that he was looking for the smallest size battery for his hearing aid, but he could not find them anywhere in the market. I was the electronic hobbyist student in the class, and was able to purchase the exact battery for him. He was very amazed. Mr. Daniel Chan was such a well-known lower form mathematics teacher at La Salle College; yet, he was even a better English teacher. He taught me years of mathematics, from which I did not realize he was extraordinary. It was until my Form 4 year when he suddenly taught me English; he demanded every student to memorize one complete English sentence from the text book per lesson; that was the way he helped a routinely failing student, me, from deep trouble into competence, passing and self-confidence. He was head and shoulders above all other English teachers I had ever had in Hong Kong. He induced me the solid foundation in English structure and enabled me to write English accordingly. Emphatic grammar requirement is the stereotyped training methodology for teaching English as a foreign language, widely and successfully implementing, particularly in Asian counties. Subsequence to his intuitive instructions, I passed all the English examinations with good grammar in Hong Kong and then started my college studies in Canada and the United States. Since La Salle College is an elite school in Hong Kong, most of my Hong Kong compatriots would say that I was well trained at La Salle. If such hypothesis is true, I glorify all the credits to my respectful English teacher, Mr. Daniel Chan of La Salle College. During my 1994 Hong Kong visit, our fellow old boys told me that Mr. Daniel Chan passed away ten years ago, while teaching at our brother school CSK; so, this paragraph serves as an epitaph in memoriam to my greatest high school English teacher.
|Contributed by:||c h pang 2007-11-03 02:07:33|
|Description:||After so many years of his passing, I have this fond memory of Mr. Daniel Chan… Oh, he was just HANDSOME, HANDSOME, HANDSOME!! …and more, he could relate to students well. He was very approachable at all times. He would give you a soft smile when you were good, …but his eyes would look like a tiger when you were not behaving, especially no homework! When explaining a complicated math theorem, “…can you follow?” said Mr. Chan to the class. He always made sure we understood the problem. Also, he taught my English class. He always graded my compositions A, B… never C. Thank you!! He had a good voice for a teacher… loud enough for boys in the back… and his ever stern voice kept us awake in those hot lazy summer days. …more, when Mr. Chan got angry, his voice was like a thunder … “STOP TALKING!” he yelled, …then the whole class fell dead silent. It was the same year I left for college in the States that Mr. Chan joined a new faculty at another new school. I was well finished my Master’s when I heard of his passing. It just broke my heart!… it still does. I wish I could now sit down with him to have a beer and thank him face to face. “…let me light up a Salem for you, Mr. Chan… want another round of San Miguel?… here, let me pour it for you… cheer, bottom-up!!” …and that’s my tribute to my favorite teacher of my La Salle experience. Thank you, c h pang California, US|
The following is contributed by Clarence Ng (1969) in April 2010.
Mr. George Felix Chanduloy’s Chinese name was 陳炳江; and Chanduloy was evolved from his father’s name Chan Du Loy, earmarked by the old era of colonial Hong Kong.
He was a young Master degree graduate from The University of Hong Kong, with a major in English and a minor in French. Mr. Chanduloy taught upper level class English at La Salle College. One of his main obnoxious attributes was holding a stick in the classroom, and he swung it dangerously like a sword. It could be his fever in the sport of fencing, or his blind belief in an outdated education philosophy, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” I was always behaving in his class, and he never beat me.
In addition to his hectic teaching schedule at La Salle College, Mr. Chanduloy led the LSC fencing team members to HK-TVB Enjoy Yourself Tonight Show. This was the first time that LSC fencing team had a chance to demonstrate their sport to the public of Hong Kong. He was also the playwright and director of a Christmas drama at LSC, adding performance arts and entertainment to our school.
While he was teaching at La Salle College, his younger brother was a LSC student, a fellow classmate of some of my good friends. That was how Mr. Chanduloy and his brother were well mixed with students. We all considered Mr. Chanduloy as our big brother too. He was in love with electronic Hi Fi and all types of music. He was generously sharing his huge music collections (in black vinyl albums and open-reel-to-reel tapes) with students.
After LSC, Mr. Chanduloy taught at Ng Wah College.
Mr Chanduloy maintains a linkedin.com entry:
Mr Chanduloy returns to HK occasionally and he has very fond memories of his LSC days both as a student and a teaching staff.
|Contributed by:||Vincent Fung (class of 68) 2011-10-05 16:00:47|
|Description:||My best memory of Mr. Chanduloy is his involvement in the lifes of the students around him. Being an introvert, he “pushed” me, without success, to have a part in one of the first plays he wrote and directed at LSC. He was also kind enough to include me in the summer swimming outings and even invite me to the Christmas party. Underneath some of his unconevntional teaching style, he was actually a very kind and caring person. Even with the passage of time, such experiences are still on my mind. I have not heard about him since I left HK in 1969–until I came upon this posting. I do wish him well in all his endevours.|
Brother Alphonsus Chee was born in Ipoh, Malaysia in 1928, a famous tin-mining city and was once the richest city in the area. He was the sixth child in family of 5 boys and 5 girls. He started his studies in the prestigious. St. Michael’s Institution (SMI) run by the Christian Brothers. During the War, Brother Alphonsus stayed in the farm of his brother in Ipoh. He spent his time planting potatoes and vegetables. After the War, he resumed his studies in SMI. He became a teacher of SMI in 1950. In 1954, he joined the Order. Then Brother Alphonsus was transferred to Penang for further training. He served in Penang for many years. Later on, he went to the University of New South Wales, Australia for further education. After serving for 2 years in Malaysia, he came to Hong Kong.
In 1968, Brother Alphonsus started teaching in La Salle College. He became the Principal of De La Salle Secondary School, Fanling in 1971-72. Then he returned to La Salle College. Besides teaching, he was the Tennis Master. Lester Huang, one of the Past Presidents of the LSCOBA, belonged to his team. Under his guidance, La Salle College shone in the Interschool Tennis Competitions.
After serving for about 10 years in La Salle College, he was appointed the Deputy Head of the school in 1978. In September 1984, he became the Principal of La Salle College. He upheld discipline and order in the coming six years, Under his tutelage, the fame of La Salle College reached a new horizon. La Salle College captured the Overall Championship in the Interschool Athletics Meet for 5 consecutive years. The soccer team, volleyball team, squash team, fencing team and the swimming team dominated the interschool competitions. The Omega Rose Bowl – the Grand Championship in all interschool sports was always kept in our office. Acadmic results were superb. Take an example. In 1986, Kam Chi Kong scored straight A’s in the HKCEE and won the Charles Frankland Moore Award of the Sino British Fellowship Trust Scholars Association. Other students won numerous local and overseas scholarships. The Chinese Debating Team won several championships during these years.
As mentioned, Brother Alphonsus believes in order and discipline. Routine must be adhered. He accepted no excuses. However, these were superficial findings only. Deep in his heart he cared about everyone. He cared about the welfare of the minor staff. He was ready to approve student activities as long as they were reasonable. Michael Lee (1987) and Constantine Au (1987) had this experience:
‘1988, Samson Cheung of F.7C left for the USA. His departure time was in the afternoon on a school day. Many of us would like to wish him farewell. We were “selected” by our schoolmates to speak to Brother Alphonsus. We went to the Principal’s Office early in the morning, with our hands and feet trembling. What we had in mind were: “Why the two of us?” Brother Alphonsus asked why we wanted to speak to him. I answered, “Samson Cheung of F.7C is leaving today and …” Well, I dared not to continue. Michael Lee finished my sentence by saying, “and we want to wish him farewell in the airport.” We waited quietly for his answer. After one or two seconds Brother Alphonsus asked quietly, “What is his departure time?” About 3 o’clock and we want to skip the last lesson.” We stood there for another 5 seconds. “Boys of F.7C can go. Give me the names of the other students who wish to go. You can leave after lunch time.” Well, now I know what the Bible means by “Ask and you will receive.’
In 1990, Brother Alphonsus retired. He is now enjoyed his time in the Brothers’ Residence on the fifth floor reading books and browsing the Internet.
Courtsey of http://www.lasalle.org.hk
|Contributed by:||Paul Tung’74 2013-08-08 09:17:47|
|Description:||Bro Alphonsus was my head master in the early 70’s. After leaving for US in ’74, he remembered my name when I returned for the first time to visit him after he retired. we continued to send Christmas greetings until last year. He was so happy to see me when I last visited him again when his health began to grow weak. He will be missed as a teacher, mentor, and a friend.|
Brother Anthony Cheung, La Salle Brother, passed away, in Assunta Hospital in the early hours of 25 May 1999 after a long illness. Soon after retirement in 1997 he was not in the best of health but remained reasonably active till his admission to Assunta Hospital on 5 April. Brother Anthony Cheung, though born in Hong Kong, chose to remain in Malaysia to exercise his ministry in five La Sallian establishments. Wherever he was, be it in Penang, Taiping, Kowloon, lpoh or Petaling Jaya, he was noted as a man of many talents which he put to use for the good of his students, readers and subjects in training. He is better known as the editor of the popular students’ magazine “Crusader” which was always looked forward to by the students in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Through this ministry he built a wide network of friends and well-wishers who donated generously to his charitable works for the orphans and poor of India. Over and above his main interest in publishing the “Crusader”, later renamed “The Young Lasallian”, he was the indefatigable secretary and confidante to five Provincials that spanned a record-breaking 30 years. Information obtained from http://archives.catholic.org.hk/memory/A-Cheung.htm According to a Br. Felix in Malaysia advised that Br. Anthony Cheung is buried in Cheras Christian Cemetery in Kuala Lumpur. When in KL, visitors can take a taxi to the cemetery. One should follow the road to the top of hill to his left where there is a small unused reception chapel. The Brothers are buried in a straight row to the right of the chapel as one approaches it. Br. Felix (residing in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of KL) says he is willing to assist with a visit help if necessary or the Brothers at St John’s Institution could also help. If any Old Boy visits the cemetery, please take photos of the graves and send them to the email@example.com, as there may be other Brothers who worked in HK (not only LSC) who are buried there, and the OBA would like to help the Brothers in Hong Kong with such findings. Thank you.
|Contributed by:||TC 2012-05-21 18:46:01|
|Description:||I was one of those who lived with Br Anthony Cheung in Petaling Jaya. I was under his tutelage; there were more than 15 at one stage. He was the Director of the Scholasticate programme. He taught cathecism in La Salle Primary School (Br. Leo was Headmaster). He was an inspiration to all the young Lasallians through his publication which was very popular. He also used to collect and re-sell used stamps and the money was sent to India. Many well-wishers used to collect used stamps and they would arrive; a great place for teenage schoolboys to spend hours looking through and selecting the used stamps. What strikes me most was he was a Brother that gave out red packets during Chinese New Year and we all looked forward to that; especially those who did not go back home. He was a Brother. And he was family.|
|Contributed by:||Chu T C’71 2004-08-24 19:50:10|
|Description:||As far as I know, he never taught at LSPS but only at LSC. Aside from the above contributions, Bro. Anthony-Philip was well known for his work in setting up and was the conductor/music director of the LSC orchestra. During the summer holidays, he and the late Bro. Henry organised boating and swimming outings for the orchestral members and families. Another area he was actively involved in was in “training and recruiting” (I do not know the religious term)young men as future Brothers. He had four under his “tutelage” at one time but unfortunately, the program did not achieve the successes that we all hoped for.|
|Contributed by:||Andy Chan (82) 2007-07-05 17:18:33|
|Description:||“Cheung Sir” did give good memories to every Lasallian as an excellent teacher and coach! we will miss you always!|
|Contributed by:||Bill Foo (71) 2005-11-17 01:37:42|
|Description:||I left LSC during form 2 in 1968 for the United States. I have very fond memories of T.P. Cheung, not only as an outstanding coach of sports teams, but also as a mentor of social skills. Oddly enough, I returned to LSC in 1989 to visit Brother Henry and also ran into T.P. I was delighted that without hesitation he remembered my name after 21 years!|
|Contributed by:||Edward Yan 2005-09-30 13:42:45|
|Description:||Hats off to Mr TP Cheung. His contributions to the School was undeniably significant for decades; his experience, skills, wit … all unique yet somewhat unorthodox in style. I was fortunate to receive the guidance from Mr. Cheung and Rev. Bro. Thomas during my years, and grateful to able to service my Mother School a little. It was a fond memory.|
|Contributed by:||Lee Fong 2004-11-27 16:59:45|
|Description:||I heard that TP Cheung used to teach at a Yuen Long school (for 1 year) after graduated from “Law Fu Kwok” academy before joining LS. Even though he was very young, he was credited A Team commander-in-Chief for the A team, thus embarking his life-long battle with DBS. Before Day 3, he would summon and brief all his soliders at the lecture theatre hall. After giving instructions and preparatory information for the battle next day, he would give $10 “car-horse-fee” to them, and warned them that shouldn’t take bus cos would meet traffic jam. SHould take ferry or MTR (2nd best) to travel to the battlefield. His son used to be a top student at LSC but left for overseas school after F.4. He didn’t seem to inherit his dad’s sports talent and thus didn’t join any sports team. What a pity!|
|Contributed by:||Tony Gomes (1974) 2004-11-11 20:54:41|
|Description:||I’m sure T.P. Cheung is all that everyone says he is for La Salle but when I think of him, I think of all the boys on the sports teams that he helped mould. His style may not have ‘by the book’ but I feel the lessons I learned about hard work resulting in good results has helped immensely. Another thing I learned from him is that you have to accept the bad (results) with the good and just move on and stop complaining. When I think of my years at La Salle, T.P. Cheung is the first name to come to mind.|
|Contributed by:||Clement Chan (87) 2004-09-14 18:50:29|
|Description:||Mr. T.P.Cheung is the TRUE defender of La Salle Spirit. Nobody does it better than him. His service at LSC should be 1965-1997. He became Sports Master in 1982-83, the year I started to enrol at LSC.|
|Contributed by:||David Hsu (1973) 2004-06-29 12:59:03|
|Description:||TP Cheung taught F1A in the 67-68 of General Science which the class had to go to the science lab. In those days, English was the teaching medium and Mr Cheung although speaking in English tended to be uptight and “hotted’ his finger while telling us the ins and outs of a “Bunsen Burner”.|
|Contributed by:||Mark Huang (85) 2004-06-29 00:05:06|
|Description:||A man of total devotion to La Salle. He has helped make La Salle into what it is today. Period.|
The following is contributed by Clarence Ng (1969) in April 2010.
In a cold winter day, a young man with tall and skinny figure, greased short hair, wearing a pair of golden metal frame eye-glasses, an old fashion blue cotton long sleeve cheong-sam (長衫robe), and shinny shoes, carrying a small suitcase, with his head tilted a little high and looking far away, with his silent steps, he was roaming across a Roman medieval style architecture …
It sounded picture perfect, like reading a novel! It was not fiction but a fact. Those were the days, when Mr. John Cheung was teaching at our Majestic Dome campus. Mr. John Cheung, with a Master degree from The University of Hong Kong, taught only upper classes F.5 to F.7 at La Salle College. The subjects he was teaching would include pure mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, and additional mathematics. He trained the students for the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination.
He was the well known mastermind driving the La Salle boys to excellence. He aimed ambitiously high and always tried to set a better academic achievement record for LSC. That meant more Distinctions and more awards each year. I was lucky to have Mr. John Cheung teach me chemistry. We had a lot of Distinctions and Credits in our class. During his lecture time, he never told any jokes, never wasted any time in class. He kept teaching, reinforcing, and making sure every student remembered his lecture. He upgraded LSC lecture to university level, and he demanded high academic performance from the students. He propelled LSC to become one of the most renowned schools in Hong Kong.
In 1969, Mr. John Cheung left LSC and went to teach at Saint Mary’s Canossian College. After all these years, I still remember our conversation, as I was talking to him on his final days at LSC. The La Salle boys had not thwarted his epic ego as a super teacher; he just simply wanted to teach girls.