Born in 1873 of the sturdy stock of the Cevennes Folk, Brother Aimar Sauron received his professional training at the Brothers’ Central Normal College of Paris. Brother Aimar held a record of 52 years as a Missionary Teacher in the Far East. Brother Aimar served many years in St. Joseph’s Institution in Singapore. Under the guidance of Brother Aimar, the boys won many highly prized contests. The St. Joseph’s Institution became one of the foremost educational establishments in Singapore. Brother Aimar later became the Director of St. Xavier’s Institution in Penang. In 1910, a large piece of land was acquired and Brother Aimar rebuilt St. Xavier’s Institution. It was in Hong Kong that Brother Aimar achieved more than anywhere else. In early 1914, Brother Aimar arrived at Robinson Road and assumed the management of St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. The school grew in size and fame under Brother Aimar’s leadership. Eight new airy and bright classrooms were soon added. A new building was later put up. To spare the young boys from the trouble of crossing the harbour daily, Brother Aimar purchased a house in Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui and opened a branch of St. Joseph’s College in September 1917. On 8th December 1941, Japanese troops invaded Hong Kong. On 12th December 1941, a Japanese officer arrived at La Salle College and half of the building was requisitioned. On 20th January 1942, all Brothers were told to leave the school. The Japanese army only promised Brother Aimar to seal off the chapel, the sacristy and the office.
Brother Eugene Sharkey, a La Salle Brother, died on Wednesday 16 March 1994 in St. Teresa’s Hospital. He was aged 68. Brother Eugene had been suffering from cancer of the throat for about two years and neither radiation nor surgery worked. Brother Eugene James Sharkey, was born on 25 February 1926 in Co. Donegal, Ireland to James and Bridget Sharkey. He was the eldest of eleven children, six boys and five girls. He entered the Brothers Novitiate in 1942 and on completion was sent to England for his professional training. Brother Eugene came as a missionary to the Far East in 1947 and was to spend the rest of his life, 47 years in all, serving in Malaysia, Singapore and was then transferred to Hong Kong where he taught in La Salle College for 16 years. In 1969 he was a founder member of Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College, Homantin. He became its Principal in 1970 and continued in that position until his retirement in 1991. Thousands of old boys and numerous teachers miss Brother Eugene. To them he was like a rock, a shield and a place of refuge amidst the storms of life. Brother Eugene was a strong, generally silent man, with a deep-rooted spirituality and a touching humanity. To his Brothers he was just that, a brother, a fine community man and a man of sage counsel. Brother Eugene was laid to rest in the Brothers plot in Happy Valley on Monday 21 March 1994. Information obtained from: http://archives.catholic.org.hk/memory/E-Sharkey.htm
L.K. Wong 2007-10-18 15:23:50
I came to know Bro Eugene in my final year at La Salle, the same year we moved back to Boundary Street. He was my form-master, and was handling the certificate class for the first time. For years, of course, he was Gum Sing, or Man from Mars, to the lower forms on account of his stern appearance and quiet manner. No one dared mess with him, in or out of class. To our surprise, however, he turned out to be quite amiable, with a nice sense of humour. That year we had excellent HKSC results, headed by Alfred Lee with 7 or 8 distinctions. Bro Eugene was also keen in sports. He formed a boxing team while I was in Form 2 and I was foolish enough to get into the ring with Ma Kin Cheng. That was the end of my boxing career. I was the first one to leave Hongkong when school ended and I came back to say goodbye. He was walking his a big German shepherd that morning and we had a little chat. I remember it as if it was yesterday. For the first time, he talked to me as a friend would and we promised to keep in touch. After some initial correspondence, I regret to say I did not keep my end of the bargain. Now that I know where he is through this website, I guess I’ll have to look him up again, with apologies. 10/18/2007
Brother Felix Sheenan was born on 17th September 1912 in Fethard, Country Tipperary, Ireland. He was the only boy in a family of four. At the age of 18, he left home and joined the Christian Brothers. After initial training, he went to Malaysia and later came to Hong Kong in the mid-thirties. When World War II broke out, he went to Indo-China (now called Vietnam)where he served in some well-known schools of the Christian Brothers. At the end of the war, he returned to Ireland with poor health due to malaria. His health was restored in his homeland. He entered university and obtained a degree in history. Brother Felix then went to Kuching, Sarawak. In 1952, Brother Felix joined St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. Upon the retirement of Brother Patrick, he came to La Salle College as the Principal in 1956. La Salle College was undergoing exile in Perth Street. Brother Felix was best remembered for regaining possession of our great Dome. On 7th January 1960, Bishop Bianchi celebrated a High Mass of Thanksgiving for the home return. The story did not end here. Brother Felix worked tirelessly to convert the Dome from a military hospital back to a school. His nine years as Principal saw the school grew in all fields. To accommodate such growth, the school was separated into the Primary and Secondary sections. Brother Felix led the Secondary Section i.e. La Salle College while Brother Henry led the Primary section i.e. La Salle Primary School. Brother Felix stayed in La Salle College for nine years. In 1966, he was transferred to De La Salle Secondary School in Fanling. After serving as Principal in De La Salle Secondary School in Fanling for two terms, Brother Felix returned to La Salle College and taught his usual lessons. On reaching mandatory retirement in 1981, he did part-time teaching in the Hang Seng School of Commerce, Shatin until the end of 1984 when he left for Oxford, UK. An English Debate Competition between La Salle College and the Hang Seng School of Commerce – The Brother Felix Cup was held annually in honour of this great educator.
Joannes Sasraandjaja, CISA 2008-09-06 01:59:10
Originally posted: 2004-11-09, 07:48:19 I studied at La Salle College between 1957 -1959. Rev. Bro. Felix Sheehan was a very kind and compassionate man. When my parents left for Jakarta in 1959, Bro. Felix asked me to stay at the Brothers’ House till I passed the Hongkong School Exam. It was a great privilege to me. I never forget his kindness. I pray for him, all the La Salle Brothers and my dear classmates everyday. Any La Salle Old Boys who by chance read this message may contact me at . Thank you very much for posting this message.
The following was posted by Peter Choy (73) on 15-Nov-1999 It is with deepest sorrow that I post this message, I just received very sad news that one of our chapter’s founding memebers Francis Sim (50) has passed away today. Francis – MAY YOU REST IN PEACE Peter Choy (73)
Brother Paul Sun, of the Society of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on 13 March 1986, aged 82. The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on 17 March at St. Teresa’s Church, followed with burial in the St. Raphael Cemetery, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon. Brother Paul was born in Jehol, North China, of a wealthy family, and was strongly influenced from early childhood Information obtained from http://archives.catholic.org.hk/memory/P-Sun.htm Bro. Paul had worked with the Christian Brothers in Hong Kong, and had also taught in La Salle for a period, before starting St Joseph’s Anglo Chinese Primary School. The following from obtained the website of St Joseph Anglo Chinese Primary School: http://aero.sjacps.edu.hk/~www/sch_info/founder.htm Bro. Paul Sun was born in Chek Feng in the Northern Province of Jehol. He was a member of a Chinese Congregation of Teaching Brothers, called the Brothers Disciples of the Sacred Heart, founded by the Scheut Bishop Jensen. He took up teaching as his life’s mission and founded quite a number of primary schools, after graduating from Fu-Jen Catholic University. In 1940 he was elected Superior General of his congregation, which had at that time about 45 Brothers. In 1949 he left for the missions in Indonesia and founded a very famous secondary school there. Later he came to Hong Kong and taught at La Salle College . In 1971 he was made an Affiliated Member of the De La Salle Brothers. In 1958 Bro. Paul Sun founded the St Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School in Ngau Chi Wan. This school, built on faith and love, was named after his great Patron – St Joseph. Bro. Paul Sun founded a large school, one of the biggest private schools, providing over 3000 school places offering excellent education. He guided the destiny of his school with his head as well as with his heart. He never advertised his school. He worked quietly and modestly to make his school earn a good name. He had long decided to rebuild the primary school to give pupils better opportunities for a fuller education. But Bro. Paul Sun peacefully died on 13 March 1986, before the new primary school building was completed in 1987. Fittingly, he died in the month of St Joseph, and close to the feast of his great Patron. He was indeed a completely dedicated man of God, a true gentleman, an outstanding educator, and many say, a saint.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Past President (PP) Mr. Michael SZE Cho Cheung (Class of 1964), GBS, CBE, ISO, JP, at the age of 77.
PP Michael was the 16th President of the Association and served from 1979 to 1980. He was also the founding Chairman of the La Salle Foundation, a charitable institution with the aim of promoting and advancing all aspects of education at La Salle College and Primary School. Under his leadership, the La Salle Foundation initiated major fundraising efforts which supported subsequent improvement and renovation projects of the two schools.
PP Michael was also a very prominent civil servant. He held various government positions including Secretary for Constitutional Affairs from 1991 to 1994 and Secretary for the Civil Service from 1994 to 1996. He was Executive Director of the Trade Development Council (TDC) from 1996 to 2004 and Chairman of the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) until 2014.
We would like to express our deep respect for PP Michael, and offer our condolences and prayers to his family.