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.
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.
TC 2012-05-21 18:46:01
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.
Chu T C’71 2004-08-24 19:50:10
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.
The following was posted on the OBA Chatboard (modified) on David Cheung’s passing.
RIP David Cheung (63) Dear All
I am very saddened to share with you that David Cheung (63), a former loyal Committee Member of the LSCOBA for many years, passed away early Wednesday morning, 20th January 2010. David suffered from cancer, which was discovered middle of 2009.
David was extremely proud to be a Lasallian, and he had been a loyal supporter of Lasallian affairs for many years.
At 11 years old, David left Pooi To (培道) Primary School and entered LSC’s P5 in January 1956 (at that time LSPS was not yet open). The school was then located on Perth Street. In Sept 1956, he repeated P5 as the academic standard of his former school was different from La Salle’s. In September 1957, David entered the new LSPS grounds on La Salle Road as a P6 boy. David entered LSC F1 in 1959, which was still occupying the Perth Street Campus, so he had to move from LSPS La Salle Road to Perth Street. In F2, he returned to La Salle Road campus as the school moved back to La Salle Road after the British Army released the building back to the Brothers.
So he used to tell me that, as a kid, he had a very confused childhood, as he didn’t understand why he had to move school (campus) all the time!! David offered me much help with my research into Perth Street, through his many stories and personal memories, like opening an umbrella in a leaking classroom during heavy rain, folding paper boats and setting them off in a flooded classroom, burning the grass of the hill behind the school etc.
David studied all the way to F7 in LSC, and then left HK for studies in N. America.
David was a faithful supporter of many school events and sports competitions. When I played soccer for La Salle in the early 1980s, David was already watching interschool games. Besides, David was always full of life. He was a globe-trotter and visited dozens of countries worldwide in all continents, including many very exotic destinations. He once told me he had visited all provinces of China, including the origins of Huang Ho in Qinghai Province, and I think he had to engage a jeep and a driver and it took days of poor roads to get there. David had been a travel columnist for a magazine, sharing his travel tales.
Besides his travel, David had achieved some outstanding episodes in life that few could match. He had completed many 100Km Oxfam HK Trailwalkers and half marathrons through the years, and also completed many Sower Action walks to Guangzhou from HK, fund raising for the charity. However, those achievements were only warm-ups for this man’s ultimate challenge of his life, a 2,800 kilometres walk from HK to Beijing, also for Sower’s Action to raise funds for China’s needy school children. While participants could take part by picking different stages of the walk to Beijing, David is said to be the only participant to walk every day of the 120 day walk, two others who walked the full journey were taken ill on some of the days in between. The group walked 6 days a week, and on the rest day, David still had energy to go to the local Chinese discos for some dancing and fun, he recalled. On the journey, David he wore out three pairs of shoes and shed quite a few pounds on the way, and he was very happy all through the journey.
David was still serving in the OBA Committee up to the term 2008-09. In June 2009, at an OBA Committee dinner gathering, the committee gave David a surprise birthday celebration, and he could not stop smiling that evening. Unfortunately, soon after, David learnt that he had cancer in the throat.
I visited David just before Christmas in his office, and although he was considerably thinner, he was still relatively bright. As an insurance agent, he was still eagerly “running numbers”, and was proud to show me he was still one the top of top agents in his team, and was due to win another trip! As we departed at our last encounter, he still offered me a firm handshake, and I told him to keep fighting and he gave me a nod. A few weeks ago, the man happily went on the last earthly trip, to Vietnam. Good for him! He returned to HK on the 16th January, and recommenced work on 18th January. He was still working on 19th January, and he passed away on the 20th January. This guy truly lives life to its full, and with no regrets.
Many of us in La Salle will remember David in our own fond way. At the Committee meeting of the OBA later that January, the Committee observed a minute’s silence for David.
From being much a senior to me, seeing me play football for LSC when I was in my early teens in the early 1980s, David became a life long friend of mine, enjoying hikes, jokes, the Trailwalker, hearty meals, stories and pranks, and also serving the interests for old boys in the OBA in the committee. Please pray for the soul of David, and we will see him in heaven later.
David, who turned closer to God in his final days, was a bachelor and lived with his father, stepmother and one of his younger sisters in Kowloon City, the same place he called home since at least his 1950s La Salle Perth Street days.
With a heavy heart,
Mark Huang (85)
Photos of David on his 2,800Km walk to Beijing. David is wearing shorts in the center in the first photo, and the only one wearing shorts in the second.
“Cheung Sir” did give good memories to every Lasallian as an excellent teacher and coach! we will miss you always!
Bill Foo (71) 2005-11-17 01:37:42
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!
Edward Yan 2005-09-30 13:42:45
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.
Lee Fong 2004-11-27 16:59:45
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!
Tony Gomes (1974) 2004-11-11 20:54:41
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.
Clement Chan (87) 2004-09-14 18:50:29
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.
David Hsu (1973) 2004-06-29 12:59:03
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”.
Mark Huang (85) 2004-06-29 00:05:06
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.
The following was the announcement for a Birthday Banquet for Mr. Chiu Siu Lai in Toronto, posted by Alexander Cheung(82) on 15-Sep-01
Dear All, The birthday party for Mr. Chiu is just around the corner. I urge you to come out to join us at this rather special occasion.I hardly know any OB who spent close to half a century of his life in La Salle College. For Mr. Chiu, 6 years as a student and then 40 as a teacher. As of yesterday we had received reservations from about 60 OB’s from a broad array of Classes from the 40’s to the 90’s. Gifts from other LSCOBA Chapters will also be presented to Mr. Chiu that night. The newly founded California Chapter will have their birthday present brought up personally this weekend by one of their directors, amazing eh? If you are interested and would like to find out more in details, then please click onto our Toronto Chapter page under the Overseas Chapters link. You can also register on line too, and your registration will be confirmed by myself as soon as I receive it. We look forward to seeing you there next Friday! Yours in the Bond, Alexander
The following was shared by Mike Kwong (67) on 30 Sep 2003: Dear all: Mr. Chu, our LS teacher who used to teach our Chinese was passed away on Sept 23 , in Hong Kong from massive heart attack. Let us pray for our respected teacher and let our prayers and sympathy be passed on to his family & friends. His picture, during his visit to Edmonton a while back, could be seen in our chapter’s photo album. Regards, Mike Kwong The following was a sharing from Chris Leung, a former student, on the passing of Mr Chu: Chris Leung on Mr Chu while he was a student in LSC: “Mr. Chu taught us Chinese Literature and Chinese History for many years (from F1 – F.5). If I am not mistaken, I also had him for Matric. We called him “CHU LO” who took over the Chinese subjects from Mr. Yip Wing Lam. Despite his boring teaching style, he was a great teacher who always prepared for his lessons. He was a gentleman who took his responsibilities seriously. He also made life easier for us with his notes. We took advantage of his “softness” by calling him names all the time, but he was not offended because he loved his students. It was sad to hear he passed away after his two visits to Edmonton. Chris” (end of quote) The photo attached shows a visit of Mr Chu to Edmonton in the early 1990s. Left to right are: Mike Kwong, Edmund Tse, Mr Chu Yum Kwan, Chris Leung and Dr. Louis Chan.
Brother Basilien Coin was born on 9th June 1873 in France. The date of his arrival to Hong Kong was on 22nd August while the year could not be traced. He was the Prefect of Boarders. He died in Indo-China (today’s Vietnam) in 1944.
Brother Michael Curtin was born to a religious family on 20th March 1908 (some source states it was 26th March 1908) in London (Kensington). His grand uncle was a pioneer of the Irish Christian Brothers (not the same as Christian Brothers) in India and two of his cousins were in the Presentation Order. As a boy, he met a little French Brother of distinguished personality who inspired him much. At the age of 14, he joined the Juniorate of the Brothers in Guernsey (London) in 1922. After passing the London Matric, he was sent to Dover Novitiate and took the Holy Habit i.e. officially entered the Order in 1924 at the age of 16. He took his final vows in 1933. Brother Michael came to Hong Kong in 1933, and took charge of the newly opened Matriculation Class of La Salle College. These boys took their Matric Examination in June 1935 and captured all the scholarships offered by the University of Hong Kong. During the war, he was interned in Indo-China (now called Vietnam) and then returned to Europe. Brother Michael partially lost his hearing during the internment. With a hearing-aid, he carried on with his teaching. In 1952, Brother Raphael, then Director of St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong called Brother Michael back to take over the Matric Class of St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. Nine years later, he returned to La Salle College. He was the Editor of the LaSallite for many years. In 1967, when Brother Casimir went on leave for 9 months, Brother Michael became the Acting Principal of La Salle College. Brother Michael joked that he was always the bridesmaid and never the bride! In 1973, on his retirement, he was given the post of Careers Master and Counsellor. Brother Michael was very active outside the school. He was elected a Committee Member of the Catholic Educational Council, a Co-Founder of the Hong Kong Association of Careers Master, the Panel Chairman of the Specified Modern Languages for the Hong Kong Certificate of Education. He also served on the Advanced Board of Modern Languages (HKU). In recognition of his contribution to Catholic education and education generally in Hong Kong, on the Queen’s Birthday, 1975, he was honoured with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) Brother Michael died in St. Teresa’s Hospital, Hong Kong on 25th November 1983. Brother Raphael revealed a secret at the mass of resurrection of Brother Michael: Brother Michael always cared about the minor staff and insisted every year that all of them should receive Christmas gifts. _____________________________________________ The following information is obtained from The Catholic Archives http://archives.catholic.org.hk/memory/M-Curtin.htm Brother Michael J. Curtin, FSC, one of the leaders of education in Hong Kong, died at St. Teresa’s Hospital on Friday, 15 November 1983, aged 75. He had been ill for many months, but the end came very peacefully. Brother Michael came to Hong Kong in 1932, and spent the following 51 years at La Salle and St. Joseph’s Colleges, with a wartime and post-war interval in education in Indochina. For most of that time he was busy in the classroom as an original, vigorous and inspiring teacher. Even after his retirement from formal teaching he remained an educational force in La Salle and a valuable adviser on all educational matters. His contribution to Catholic education here was not confined to the schools he taught in. He was a founder-member of the Catholic Education Council and became its first Vice Chairman, retaining that post for many years. With his accustomed cheerful generosity, he accepted the arduous task of refining and redrafting the constitution of the Council to make it acceptable to the Register of Societies. He was also a founder-member of the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and gave devoted and expert attention to the progress of the Association. He himself shone in careers guidance, and he worked hard to promote this demanding and very valuable side of education. A recent Education Department circular on the Careers Work of La Salle College said that “the extensive careers and guidance team which consists of 13 teachers and a school social worker is one of the strongest teams in Hong Kong.” That team is largely the fruit of Brother Michael’s devoted work. His M.B.E. was well merited. All this gives a picture of an original and deeply committed educationalist. It cannot give a portrait of the man himself and cannot explain the deep affection in which he was held or the grief that the announcement of his death aroused. He was a man of high intelligence, broad sympathies, wide culture and unfailing charm. His sense of humour was quick and appreciative. His laugh was all his own: his whole body shook with amusement and his eyes shone forth appreciative understanding, but there was no sound; it was a silent laugh that expressed much more than the ordinary laugher’s roar. In a moving homily at the Mass of the Resurrection in St. Teresa’a Church on 28 November, Brother Raphael, Principal of La Salle College, mentioned something that only Brother Michael’s own community could know: his constant care for the welfare of the minor staff and his annual insistence that all of them should received Christmas gifts. It is useless to labour such details. Brother Michael was loved because he was Brother Michael. To know him was a liberal education. The secret has died with him, and Hong Kong is the poorer for his loss.
Tommy Chan (77) 2004-12-06 23:55:08
I remember most of us had received a precious & memorable gift from Bro Michael——–our La Salle school transcripts.
Stanley Shum (84) 2004-12-06 23:54:26
My twin brother, Henry Shum, and I were also summoned by Bro. Michael down to the Old Boys Room in 1980 when we were in Form 1. You know what, he told us that he wanted to take a few photos of us. And then, afterwards he told us that we would appear on the cover page of the Junior section. This happened for the following year as well. He didn’t give us anything, just a few developed photos, haha. As far as I can remember, he was really kind to us, seeing that my brother and I were really frightened at the time when we met him, (we didn’t know why we were brought down to the office) but he comforted us gently telling us not to be afraid.
The following was shared by Mark Huang (85) on 18 Sep-2000
We are saddened to learn of the passing away of fellow our brother and Old Boy, Godfrey da Silva (74). After a brief illness, Godfrey passed away peacefully in Middlesex, UK on 31 August 2000, while travelling. He was 42. Born in 1958, Godfrey spent his secondary school years from 1969 to 1976 in La Salle College, completing Matriculation at class Form 7A in 1976. He was known for his interest in drama and plays. After graduation from La Salle College, he loyally served in the Hong Kong Police Force for 21 years since 1979 till his untimely death. His last posting in the Police Force was with the Homantin Division as a Senior Police Inspector. A Memorial Service will be held on 21 September 2000, Thursday, at Rosary Church, Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, commencing at 2:45 PM. All Lasallians are welcome. Godfrey was unmarried, and is survived by his family. On behalf of all Lasallians, we send our deepest sympathy to Godfrey’s family, and pray for God’s blessings on Godfrey’s soul. Regards Mark Huang
The following was shared by David Hsu (1974) in June 2004. Mr. Lionel Dayaram was form master for F.1A in my 68-69 year and form-master for the A class which comprised of mainly Portugese students. He taught Mathematics and English. I would say he is the best dressed male teacher …six foot tall and always in a tailor made three piece suit of various colours and always black shoes..and with black trimmed eyeglasses. I recall his English pronunciation for “question” was QUES-T-ION which was a benefit to those who had problem pronouncing TION. He also taught Mathematics in step by step procedures and always told us not to skip any steps ..which is great for revision and the training of a logical mind – to think rather than to memorise. A great teacher indeed.
alex lee 2009-06-09 10:52:11
Although I am not from LSC, but Mr Dayaram was my Form teacher for two years in Sing Yin Secondary School and he was the best of all teaching professionals and faculty I came across rest of my life. PS further comments offered to Webmaster and added July 2009. Scrambling through memories, I recall I was admitted into form one class (1B) of Sing Yin Secondary School in 1970 and probably was the first batch of form one intake for Sing Yin. I was there for 2 years and transferred to Salesian School in 72′. Mr Dayaram was our form teacher as well as english teacher for two years. You can imagine the patience he needed for students who were so much different from his previous classes in LSC. But I remember he showed so much perserverance, care and devotion to his classes in SYSS. And that is no exaggeration. I remember he even personally supported a classmate who had financial difficulty and was by then a very marginal student considered by most of the traditional education institutes. I could not recall how much longer he served in syss, as unfortunately I did not keep in touch either with him or the class. I hope your site will gather more of Mr Dayaram’s deeds and share with all those who had spent some years with him either in lsc or syss. God bless you.
Andre Alves ((Form 1a, 1968-9) 2008-03-28 09:12:09
LD was pretty switched on as a teacher. He always seemed to know who actually knew the answer to his questions in Maths, and always directed his questions to those who didn’t know or struggled with new concepts. When nobody could answer the question, he would then turn to the smart ones for them to answer. And yes, he certainly was a snappy dresser! I remember him well, and I’m sad to hear he’s gone.
Clarence Ng (1969) 2006-10-20 09:25:22
Mr. Dayaram was my first teacher (Form Master) on my first day of school at La Salle College. He taught me English and I remember him well. He pronounced Wednesday as WED-NES-DAY.
Bro Wilfred De Cruz was born 4 April 1917 in Burma. He arrived in Hong Kong on 20 January 1968. He taught in lower forms of La Salle College. he was appointed Sub-director of Community Brothers in March 1970. Brother Wilfred was transferred to Aulstralia in 1971 and he passed away in 1988.
GERALD Cruz 2014-02-06 11:44:07
I will always remember Bro.Wilfred as he taught me in form 2A.I left Hong Kong in 1971 for Vancover,B.C. Canada and he came Canada to see us.I can still remember the dinner we had together my classmates Christopher Bee and Michael Young-Lai in Vancouver! And signed my high school year both with the reunion of us all! God Bless you Bro. Wilfred.
Mark Huang (85) 2006-09-10 02:15:13
Dear Tomas, good to hear from you. I wonder if you have any photos of your days in La Salle, especially those with Brother Wilfred? We are building a collection of photos of old La Salle, and we would love to add to the collection if you have any. Cheers Mark Heritage Sub Committee LSCOBA
Tomas Vieira 2006-09-04 19:58:58
I was in Brother Wilfred’s 1971 F2 class. Iimmigrated to Australia in 1979 and met Brother in his retirement at the Brother’s facility in Redcliffe, Queensland. He was thrilled to see me again to know that he was so fondly remembered and cherished for his patronage of us football boys. He took us camping to Lantau as well as Fanling. He had a great sense of humour and was a source of great encouragement to all
David Hsu (1973) 2004-07-01 18:26:19
Rev Bro Wilfred was F2A form master in 69-70 and a very devoted teacher indeed. He use to give us tests or dictations in the first session at 8:15am and he would have all 40 test papers marked and comments ready after recess at 10:30am. His principle is that as we are still fresh with the topics tested, to have the test marked and comments made within an hour is the best way to learn refreshingly and avoid the mistakes at the first instant. He also believes that reciting poems every week can definitely improve and generate a stronger memory. As such it did improve our memory to the extent that after reciting would commit to our memory instantly. He was also keen on the social life of his students. He sponsored the Wilfred Football Club for the Summer League and always took the team out for dinner which was a luxury then.
Many past pupils, parents and friends will be sad to hear of the death of Brother Austin De Lemos who passed away peacefully on the 14 December 1995 at St. Tereas’s Hospital Kowloon.
Our grief is somewhat lightened by the fact that Brother Austin led a long, full and fruitful life in the Lord’s service. Born at the turn of the century in 1900 in Burma (Myanmar), he joined the De La Salle Brothers as an aspirant in 1916. His many years of dedicated service to education began at St. John’s Kuala Lumpur in 1942 and from then until 1954 he taught in the Brothers schools in Penang, Melaka, Taiping, Seremban and Singapore. He was transferred to Burma in 1954 and taught in Moulmein, Twante and Rangoon until the nationalisation of all Catholic schools in 1965. Brother Austin’s “retirement” years were spent first in Malaysia (1966-1977) and then in La Salle College, Kowloon (1977-1995). Retirement in hardly the appropriate word for Brother Austin, because up to very recently he continued to teach and tutor students. Brother Austin’s life was a fine illustration of the spirit of the Institute he joined, the spirit of faith and of zeal. In the spirit of faith, he always sought to do God’s will and to see everybody and everything with the eyes of faith. In the spirit of zeal for the instruction of children, he taught with efficiency and enthusiasm and regarded the teaching profession with pride. Brother Austin was the last of his family to die, his younger sister having passed away three years ago at the age of 87. We extend our sympathies to his nephews, nieces and other relatives, for whom Brother Austin had a heartfelt and prayerful attachment. To all who in one way or another helped Brother Austin on his life’s journey, thank you. May your generosity be rewarded. Brother Austin was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley, on 16 December.
Brother Richard Dolby was born on 5th December 1894 in Upper Burma (now called Myanmar). He arrived in Hong Kong on 6th January 1932. Brother Richard taught Class 2 for one year in La Salle College and was then transferred to Malacca in April 1933. Brother Richard passed away in Burma in 1975.
The following was shared by Lester Huang (77) on 2-Aug-2001
I was fortunate enough to have Brother James Dooley as Spiritual Director when I was President of the Legion of Mary Praesidium Our Lady of Fatima. Through our weekly encounters the fellow Legionaries came to know more of this good man and his teaching. Brother James always came across as being strict, but reasonable. His allocutios (sermons to those outside the Legion Movement) were worded in language appropriate for the boys gathered around him in terms of the level of English and as to the spiritual content. We could hang on to these messages and live by them. After Brother James left La Salle College I think he spent some time in Rome doing Lasallian work. We corresponded occasionally and later today I will dig out the old letters (often aerogrammes) that we exchanged. In my mind’s eye, however, I can see his strong bold style of handwriting, more often than not in heavy thick pens, conveying his humble gentle manner. As one of the many good La Salle brothers who was to me an inspiration and a model, Brother James will be in my heart forever. Rest in Peace. Lester Huang
Alexander Lee 2005-12-14 07:20:55
Bro. James Dooley was my school principal from 65-69 in St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. I remember him as a strict but fair educator with whom I had numerous encounters cos I was quite a problem student.