Friends, past pupils, colleagues will hear with sadness the death of Brother Paul O’Connell, who contributed so much to education during his 72 years in Hong Kong. Brother Paul, in his 91 year, recently came back from a holiday in his native land, Ireland. He was born in Laois, Eire, and joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and was appointed to St. Joseph’s College where he taught and was for many years in charge of the boarding department. In 1930, he was appointed Headmaster of St. Joseph’s College Branch in Chatham Road which became La Salle College on a new site in 1932. After retirement he spent his last years in De La Salle, Fanling, occupying himself in the garden and the study of flowers which was his hobby. The memory of this grand old man is enshrined in the hearts of his old pupils of St. Joseph’s and La Salle who will not forget his untiring efforts. His genial personality will ever be remembered by those he taught and colleagues who worked with him. He leaves behind the kindest of memories, courtesy and devotion to duty. Father E. Neira, OP., officiated at the funeral and led the concelebrants, Fathers S. Einaudi, V.G., D. Bazzo, PIME, F. Cronin, SJ., and J. Foley, SJ., in the Requiem Mass at La Salle College. Brother Felix paid a touching tribute. Mr. A.J. Reeve, Assistant Director of Education, represented the Department of Education. information obtained from http://archives.catholic.org.hk/memory/P-OConnell.htm
Brother Hubert O’Leary was born on 11th October 1910 in Ireland. He arrived in Hong Kong on 6th January 1932. He started off by teaching Class 4. Brother Hubert stayed at least until 1935. He died in Penang on 27th January 1941.
The following message was posted by Lester Huang (77) on 10-Sep-02 23:35 It is with sadness that I inform all that our former Principal Brother Francis O’Rourke passed away in Ireland on 9th September 2002. This follows a prolonged illness. Under Brother Francis, LSC enjoyed years of excellent performance in public examinations as well as in interschool sports competitions. When I visited Brother Francis in Dublin in February 2002, he vividly recalled his days in LSC while fondly sharing a good tipple. His ill health was a hamper but never did he complain or seek pity when with us, instead accepting his challenge bravely until the end. Brother Francis, Rest in Peace. Lester Huang (1977)
Brother Vincent Ong was born in a little farming village on the banks of Huang He in 1908. His father had to leave homeland in search of work and the boy lost contact with him since early age. At the age of four, a Hokkien family at Amoy left for Malaysia and took the young boy with them. They settled near the Muar river. His new father, Mr. Ong, went into partnership to run a successful rubber estate. He entered St. Francis’ Institution, Malacca. The young man was baptized on the Feast Day of St. Joseph in 1927. His mother flew into a fierce rage when she realized the baptism, as she was a devoted Taoist. The young man had to seek refuge in a friendly family. This family arranged for him to join the Brothers’ Novitiate in 1928. In October 1932, Brother Vincent came to Hong Kong and joined the newly established La Salle College. After a few years, Brother Vincent wanted to challenge himself by teaching higher classes and was transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong.