Message from Charles Chan, President of LSCOBA 2009-10
Dr. William MONG, Man-wai RIP
Posted by: CHAN Kit Ying, Charles (77)
Date: July 22, 2010 05:07PM
It is with a heavy heart that I relay this piece of very sad news: Dr. William Mong Man-wai, loyal old boy, stern supporter and benefactor of La Salle passed away peacefully yesterday, 21st July 2010, with his family by his side. Known to many of us as William Si-hing or Uncle Mong, he studied in La Salle College from late thirties to mid-forties. He was a successful entrepreneur and benevolent philanthropist in every meaning of the words, having founded the thriving Shun Hing Group in the fifties as the sole agent of Panasonic (aka National) products in the territory and the charitable Shun Hing Foundation in 1984 which counts many educational establishments as recipients of his good deeds, with La Salle a special beneficiary, in Hong Kong and China. His keen business senses were legendary and in particular, his involvement in popularizing the electric rice cookers amongst the Chinese population is now folklore in the industry. I have met him on numerous occasions and he was always unfailingly humble, sincere and approachable, a true role model for all La Salle boys.
Uncle Mong was the first of three generations of Lasallian. One of his sons, David Mong Tak-yeung, is an OBA Past President and David’s son, is now studying in La Salle Primary. David is continuing his father’s good work, both in business and charities, and is actively contributing to the Lasallian community, financial or otherwise.
With Uncle Mong’s passing, we have lost a great Lasallian. May his soul rest in peace and may we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Charles K. Chan
May Mr. Mong’s soul rest in peace. He is a legend. His name “Mong” and “National” & “Panasonic” will always be remembered in our minds. Deepest condolences and sympathy to the Mong’s family, especially to David who is so active in La Salle community. With sympathy, Peter Cheung (81)
Brother Wilfred More was born in Savoy on 28th January 1886 and arrived in Hong Kong on 16th May 1933. He taught Class 6 in the late 1930’s. He left for Indo-China (now called Vietnam) in March 1943 and retuned to La Salle College on 20th April 1946. He died in St. Teresa’s Hospital, Hong Kong in July 1960.
Old Boy Peter Ma (70) shared the following (excerpted): I would like to let you know that one of ours – Thomas Moy Chi Ming, MD, class of 1970 just passed away after loosing his fight with cancer on Sat. Nov 10 (2001). Dr. Moy was a Gastroenterologist practicing in ChinaTown, New York. He emigrated to NY City 1969 after completing Form 4 at La Salle College. He started La Salle as a Primary 1 student in the year 1959. He is survived by his parents, 2 brothers & one sister, his wife Fannie & his 4 yr old son William. Please join us to pray for our brother, Thomas’ soul, and for Thomas’ family, in particular his parents, wife Fannie and young son William. May his soul Rest in Peace. The Wake was held on Nov 15, 2001 at N G Fook Funerals Inc., 36 Mulberry St., N.Y. The Funeral Mass was held on Friday Nov 16, 10 am at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 29 Motts St, New York, N.Y.10013. The Webmasters of LSCOBA.com received the above message from Peter Ma Lun Yan, MD (1970) on 13 November 2001.
Stephen Lee 2006-08-11 05:21:53
Tommy was a gentle soul, I remember him as a fun loving, free loving fellow scout in the mid sixties. Those were the days. As another fellow scout, also of his profession, said, on relaying to us the sad news several years ago: only the good die young. He will be remembered.
Louis Kam 2004-08-25 09:46:25
I miss “Moy Chi” also as a fellow boy scout in our 17th troop back in the 60’s.
The following was offered by Clarence Ng (1969) in March 2010.
Mr. Nair was our Indian physics teacher, a blessed Catholic from the South Asian sub-continent. He graduated from an Indian university and taught high school in India for many years before he joined LSC in Hong Kong. He was very beloved by the students. Mr. Nair and his family lived in Kwun Tong, where he was among us. He presented a very gentlemanly appearance in a three piece suit, complete with cologne, gold rings, and gold watch.
Teaching physics in plain English was his specialty. He started by explaining physics terminology with simple English word definitions. First, he defined it, word by word together with English grammar, to create a meaningful sentence to the students. Afterwards, he interpreted the same English sentence using mathematics. Often in order to help every student to learn physics in the class, he taught English and mathematics along with physics. He said to the class more than once, “Teaching Hong Kong students is very similar to teaching Indian students. Both need help in English and mathematics to understand physics, because English is not your native language.” With patience and inculcation, he made a sophisticated subject into a simple easy learning idea.
While he was teaching at LSC, his son was attending La Salle Primary School. In 1966, Mr. Nair was running from the Majestic Dome to the primary school under the torrential rain to look for his son, after learning the primary school wall had collapsed. Soon, he came back, soaking wet with a smile on his face and showing a sign of relief. He said to the class, “The primary school wall collapsed, and I have found my son safe.” Then, with his hands wiping his face, he continued saying, “Now you have seen how much a father loves his son.” He was indeed a loving father.
I remember a particularly anecdote from an all LaSallian schools athletic event at Mongkok Stadium. Every attendee was wearing shorts, with the exception of Mr. Nair. As always, he wore a three piece suit. However, he did not look odd; in fact he looked good when he held the microphone calling the names of each participating students and announced the results of each game. He really looked like a sport commentator or news reporter on the television… Laugh out loud.
Mr. P.S.B. Nair started his career as a teacher in the southern Indian state of Kerala, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in teaching at the tender age of 19. He worked at a local government school until the age of 32. It was during his time teaching in the government school in Kerala that he met his future wife in one of his senior classes. In fact, he ended up teaching all the siblings as well. After getting married and having two young boys, he was offered the chance to join his cousin in Hong Kong who had a successful business in textiles. Mr. Nair relished the opportunity of providing a brighter future for his family as well travelling overseas to an exotic locale to start his new job opportunity. Upon his arrival to Hong Kong shores in September 1962 and after working in the business field for a year, he became disillusioned with the harsh realities of the wheeling and dealing that takes place in a flourishing trading company and decided to pursue his original passion for teaching. He arrived with resume in hand at the general office of La Salle College and was offered a job teaching Physics by Brother Felix Sheehan. He was later to recount how the main thing that attracted him to take the teaching position at La Salle was the breathtaking beauty of the campus, especially our beloved majestic dome, which was reminiscent of the dome of the Taj Mahal to this homesick educator starting off on a new career trajectory. After teaching for a few years, Brother Felix asked him to teach a matriculation class Chemistry and Mathematics. Despite his initial reservations about teaching a subject that was not his forte, the Form 7 students under his tutelage attained outstanding results and this drew the admiration of the school management that hired him and led to him being promptly offered a permanent position among the staff. From that moment on, Mr. Nair devoted himself wholeheartedly to the school and students for the next 29 years, during which time he was given the senior post of Discipline Master of the school. This was a job at which he excelled since he was a very disciplined person and wanted the students to cultivate their own sense of responsibility. With a third son on the way, Mr. Nair wanted to provide for his family well and decided to supplement his income by teaching in an evening school three times a week. Despite the heavy workload, his strong work ethics and keenness to succeed enabled him to eventually purchase a home right next to La Salle College at 1 College Road. His three sons all graduated from La Salle College with the youngest becoming a doctor, the second a PhD graduate working in the corporate sector and his eldest son following in his footsteps by pursuing a career as a NET in a local government secondary school. All his life, Mr. Nair felt a strong sense of love and devotion to La Salle College and Hong Kong and he would always tell his friend and acquaintance about how Hong Kong is the best place to live in the world. However, after his retirement in 1992 at the age of 62, Mr. Nair felt it was his duty to return to his homeland in order to take care of his elderly parents and he stayed there until his demise in 2012 after his health had deteriorated. His felt great pride in seeing both of his grandsons enter La Salle College to continue their studies where he had devoted his career.
The following was offered by Yee Sheung’s wife Mamie Kam-Ng. ~ July 2011
Yee went home to his heavenly family at age 57. He leaves his beloved wife Mamie, son John (Taneisha), daughter Anna, granddaughter Simone, four brothers, two sisters, and a large extended family.
Yee attended La Salle during 1964-1970 and was known for his Tai Chi expertise and taking top place in numerous bicycle races. He then went to the United State to study and received his BS degree in Engineering Physics from University of Illinois, MS degree in Electrical Engineering and PhD degree in Physics from Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, he accepted employment with Kodak. He has since held positions as Research Scientist, Chief Engineer, and Intellectual Property Manager. Yee was a Kodak Distinguished Inventor with 108 issued patents and several applications pending. His inventions are in areas of imaging and printing technologies.
He was a member of American Physical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, SPIE, IS&T and senior member of IEEE. Yee was active in International Standards and held positions in that organization as Project Editor, Convener, and Liaison Officer. For his professional achievements, he has received INCITS awards, IS&T Fellowship, and the Chester Carlson Award.
Yee had many interests in addition to an exceptional career. He was an avid cyclist and was second alternate on the Relay Cycling team that represented Hong Kong in the 1968 Olympics. He was a Cub Scouts den leader, Boy Scouts merit badge counselor, and was very involved in youth activities when his children were young. Yee stood out with his infinite high energy, sense of humor, and the ability to overcome challenges. He touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
May Yee’s life story from a humble secondary school student to a world class scientist be an inspiration to everyone affiliated with La Salle College.
PS1: Ng Yee Sheung’s official name was Ng Yee Seung (or Ng Yee-Seung)
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 Henry Pang was born on 14th April 1920, in Haifung, Guangdong, China. He studied in La Salle College and joined the Juniorate with Brother Anthony Cheung. He entered the Novitiate of the De La Salle Brothers in Malaysia in May 1939. After finishing his religious and professional formation in 1945, Brother Henry taught mainly in Taiping, Malaysia. In 1955 Brother Henry was conferred with a B.A. degree from the University of London. La Salle Primary School (LSPS) was established in 1957 to serve as a feeder school to La Salle College and Brother Henry became her first Headmaster. LSPS quickly established itself as the leading Catholic Primary School in Hong Kong. Brother Henry remained as the Headmaster until his retirement in August 1984. He adopted the holistic approach of education – physical, spiritual, intellectual, moral and aesthetic. He practiced great devotion to Mary and was a spiritual director of the Legion of Mary. He was active in developing the Scout movement of Hong Kong. His active life included a keen interest in painting and calligraphy. During his retirement there was always a constant stream of visitors seeking his company and advice. With great faith, Brother Henry faced a high-risk heart surgery at St. Teresa’s Hospital, Hong Kong. After regaining consciousness, he spoke, laughed and joked until the end. Brother Henry died in St. Teresa’s Hospital, Hong Kong on Saturday, 22nd May 1993.
Joseph Poon (70) 2009-11-18 12:34:43
Brother Henry, Thank you. As usual, I engage a 40 days retreat between November 11 and December 21. The spiritual exercise is for giving thanks the 10 years we have passed, help us, help us to sail smoothly again for another 10 years. Perhaps the world will change quite a bit after this, please, look upon your sons of La Salle to see that their courage shall not fail, we pray to thee that your intercession always be warm and timely. Amen.
Robert Yuen Kar Ngai (71) 2009-01-18 16:02:15
Brother Henry admitted me to Primary One of LSPS in 1960. He was an excellent Headmaster and aroused the ‘fighting spirit’ among the primary school students. While I was in Primary Six, just before the SSEE, Brother Henry organised a one day picnic to Sai Kung for our class of P.6C, to reduce our mental tension for the dreaded examination. He would be remembered by thousands of grateful students from La Salle Primary School.
Joseph Poon (70) 2008-11-04 15:01:44
I met Brother Henry when I was 7, in 1959. He taught me humility by showing Jesus washing the feet of the apostles during the Last Supper. In 1963 there was an apparation of Blessed Virgin Mary in LSPS, a bishop was dispatched from Taiwan to investigate. Where Our Lady appears, Satan is not far away, 1966, the LSPS wall collapsed, killing 4 people, one of them was a Form 2 student, Mok Lai Yown. Padre Pio (Saint Pio canonized on 2002 June 15) came to Hong Kong in October of the same year. Padre Pio was known to be an exorcist. LSPS is a very special place, and Brother Henry is a very special catholic. I am sure, Saint Pio and Brother Henry are in heaven, praying for all boys of La Salle. Thank You, Brother Henry. You will always be remembered in the month of November.
Johanis — J. Sudama Sasraandjaja CISA (’56-’59) Jakarta Indonesia 2007-12-07 11:50:05
Thank you again for this remembrance. The last time I visited Bro. Henry, he was sick in bed with swollen legs. He kindly gave me some excellent calligraphies. He was a kind and dynamic person. Bro. Felix Sheehan and Bro. Henry provided me excellent lodging at the Brothers’ House, Perth Street, during my half year waiting for taking the Hongkong School Exam. I dearly remember them both.
Bill Foo (71) 2005-11-17 03:27:41
In 1966, I fell victim to Bro. Henry’s cane. I was caught whispering to a LSPS classmate. A minor offense, but because I was a class prefect in Primary 5, Bro Henry showed us that no one was above discipline–an important lesson in life. I left for the United States in 1968 (while attending LSC Form 2) and returned for a visit in 1989. Brother Henry presented my brother and I with some of his personal water color paintings which he had stored in his closet. To this day my brother has them on display at his home in Los Angeles.
Kenneth Young (88) 2004-10-15 13:38:10
I remember after my promotion to Form One, I met Bro. Henry while playing tennis at LSC. He was at the swimming pool next to the court. He asked me to come over to apply ointment to sooth his leg muscle which I did it. He said, ‘You are going to be a doctor when you grow up’. Though it did not turn out that way, I’d never forget this incident. I think I never expressed how much I want to thank him.
Clement Chan (87) 2004-07-03 12:51:59
Bro.Henry was also an old boy of SJC and LSC (1st or 2nd year of the school) in early 1930s. Without LSPS, LSC will be just another Catholic school in HK. We owe so much to him.
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.
Mr Tang was the Art teacher at La Salle for a long tenure and I especially remember him as we used to live in the same building in Kwun Tong. If memory serves me right, he had two sons studying at our school as well. He had a cream coloured Volkswagon Beetle and we sometimes used to get a ride to school with him. He was a gifted artist and I think he specialised in water colours. I distinctly remember him showing me how to paint a rose in one of our art lessons. He seemed a very gentle and quiet man and it would be nice to hear more from alumni about Mr Tang.
Brother Patrick Tierney was born on 4th December 1942 in Ireland into a family of 7 sons and 5 daughters. He studied in a primary school run by the Christian Brothers at his hometown. When he was asked why he joined the Order, Brother Patrick joked. “In the early 1950’s, life was tough and there were few exercises. All the boys craved above all was the opportunities to play soccer. But the only people that possessed footballs were the Brothers! I was also attracted perhaps by the fact that I thought the Brothers got better food than I.” The fact was his eldest brother has become a Christian Brother already. When a Brother recruiter asked for volunteers to join the Order, he simply put up his hand. A visit to his parents was made by the Brother, their consent and his fate was sealed. He joined the Order in 1955. He studied in the formation centres of Brothers and then finished his O and A levels in England. Afterwards, he entered the Teacher Training College in Manchester. In 1964, Brother Patrick, together with Brother Thomas Favier, were posted to Hong Kong. He was the Principal of St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong from 1974 to 1986. In 1998, Brother Patrick became the Ninth Principal of La Salle College. In the same year, La Salle College was recognized as one of the 114 schools that were qualified to continue the use of English as the medium of instruction (EMI). Dennis C.Y. Ho (2002) of the UK Chapter, LSCOBA shared with us: “In my final two years at La Salle College, Brother Patrick became the principal as well as the supervisor. He was a friendly leader but also a busy man. He chaired the Third Asia Pacific Lasallian Educator’s Congress (APLEC) held in Hong Kong in 1998. He wrote many Catholic articles. He introduced “Day by Day” extracts from the writings of St. John Baptist de La Salle to our classes. It contains spiritual formation, classroom behaviour, stories of saints, biblical quotes, etc. It was a pity that I never had the opportunity of being taught by any Christian Brothers.” In 1999, Brother Patrick set up the Information Technology Management Team. The LAN of ED3 and Multi-media Learning Centre were completed in 2002. Brother Patrick was a devoted educator who had no hesitation to speak up on controversial issues. In 1999, he coordinated a joint submission by all Hong Kong Lasallian schools on the proposed reforms to the Education Commission. Before the turn of the millennium, Brother Patrick organized a Millennium Photo Taking on 21st December 1999. A total of 690 students stood on the school field and formed the characters of LSC 2000. The year 2000 was fruitful. Brother Patrick led the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming of Christian Brothers to Hong Kong and 100th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the 50th Anniversary of Declaration of St. John Baptist de La Salle as the “Patron of all Teachers”. On 17th April 2000, the Jubilee Feast Day was held on our school field with Rev. Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun S.D.B. as the guest of honour. Our boys shone in the HKCEE 2000. They scored a record of 477 A’s. Brother Patrick launched the redevelopment of our primary school in July 2000. The new school building possesses a large auditorium, a gymnasium, a 25-M indoor swimming pool and a football field. Brother Patrick is well known for his patience and acceptance of diversity. He dislikes noise, bad manners and argument of a protracted or bitter nature. He loves all kinds of sports In his spare time, he would coach our boys in the field. He is present in many interschool competitions cheering for our boys. Upon his retirement as the principal, he concentrates on preserving our heritage. He has written articles about Lasallian Schools. He has a large collection of photos of our buildings, Christian Brothers and teachers. Brother Patrick spent hours helping the Editorial Team in preparing this publication and shared his own collections of photographs and articles. The Editorial Team is deeply in debt to his kindness. Courtsey of http://www.lasalle.org.hk