Brother Francis Rozario was born in Hong Kong on 24th November 1913. He taught Class 4. He died in Malaysia.
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
|Contributed by:||L.K. Wong 2007-10-18 15:23:50|
|Description:||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.
|Contributed by:||Joannes Sasraandjaja, CISA 2008-09-06 01:59:10|
|Description:||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.
|Contributed by:||Rajeev Nair 2011-02-10 21:00:49|
|Description:||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
Brother Patrick Toner was born on 22nd September 1892 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He joined the Christian Brothers at a very early age. He volunteered for the missions to the Far East and spent most of his life in Rangoon and Hong Kong. In Burma, Brother Patrick proved himself as a brilliant teacher and organizer. He brought St. Paul’s Rangoon to a very high scholastic standard.” At the end of the Pacific War, Brother Patrick was posted to La Salle College. He served as the Principal from 1947 to 1956. Life in the post-war era was difficult. Resources were scarce. To worsen the situation, the British government turned La Salle College into the 33rd General Hospital for the army in the summer of 1949. The school was moved to the temporary site in Perth Street, Homantin. Despite such setbacks, Brother Patrick braved all these difficulties. With great zeal and spirit, he raised the school to a very high standard in terms of intellectual activity, discipline and prestige. Brother Patrick also devoted much effort in the promotion of religious life at school and in the community. Brother Patrick is remembered as a man of great intelligence, a first class teacher and a strict but fair disciplinarian. He frequently took up classes from teachers on sick leave. Be it science, mathematics or arts, he would proceed smoothly. Brother Patrick appreciated nothing but the best from teachers and students. He conducted classroom inspection daily and carried out teacher evaluation himself. Mr. Henry Lau (1940) said, “He was the most dedicated and diligently devoted Principal I have worked for. Very learned, and always happy to share with us his bountiful knowledge.” Brother Patrick was a cat-lover and he moved like one. People seldom noticed his sudden presence in classes. Teachers and students were on alert all the time! Brother Patrick left La Salle College in 1956 for Europe. He died in Belfast in September 1968.
|Contributed by:||L.K. Wong 2007-11-13 15:15:49|
|Description:||As the introductory passage above indicated, Bro Patrick was a disciplinarian. He promoted a serious, but calm, atmosphere for scholarship which was beneficial to all. I came into his office one day after school term had started, a total stranger to the English alphabet. My uncle had brought me after learning that I was still being schooled in the old Chinese classics. There I stood, listening to their brief conversation and, after my uncle had left, being led by Bro Patrick to the lowest form. That was our first encounter. The second time I was less fortunate. We had, as our form-master, a Miss Chin, a teacher in mathematics for the matric classes. She was the only female teacher in the entire school and wore fashionable cheungsam. One day, some rascal dropped blue ink on her back, which led to three of the boys in our class being picked out for punishment, presumably on account of the colour of ink we were using. I was one of the unlucky ones. The other two, as I remember, were Poon King Chung and Hui Koon Mun, the famous actor. All of us got caned by Bro Patrick in his office. The third time, I got lucky. Bro Patrick, as usual, was checking class discipline not from the corridor on the right, but from the windows looking out to the grass. The class might have been conducted by Mr. Yuen, our second form master after Miss Chin. This time, Bro Patrick ordered the whole class, with a few exceptions, to stay behind after school. I was one of the exceptions. In later years, when I read up on de La Salle’s philosophy of education, I found Bro Patrick putting it in practice. He accepted any young lad that came his way, rich or poor, well-bred or undisciplined. La Salle would offer them the best resources available for advancement in knowledge and character. In the few years he was with us as Principal, we never heard any speeches from him; he educated us simply by walking the corridors.|
A former senior government Official, Mr Peter Tsao passed away in 6 June 2005, in Thailand. Peter Kwang Yung Tsao CBE (Chinese: 曹廣榮) was a career civil servant of Hong Kong Tsao was Secretary for Administrative Services and Information (行政司) and Secretary for Home Affairs (政務司) of colonial Hong Kong Government from 1985 to 1991. He was the first ethnic Chinese person to be in a secretary-level position during colonial administration. He was described as “Bad Boy Tsao” in headlines in 1986 when he was posted to Brussels as representative for Hong Kong trade relations with the European Union.
1933 – born in Shanghai
1950 – emigrated to Hong Kong, educated at La Salle College and St. Joseph’s College
1955 – worked at Royal Observatory as computing officer (grade III), later worked as hygiene officer and assistant trade officer at the government
1979 – Director of Trade, Industry and Customs
1981 – Director of Industry
1983 – Director of Information Services
1986 – Representative to Brussels
1986 – Secretary for Administrative Services and Information
1989 – CBE
1990 – Secretary for Home Affairs – ranking fourth in the colonial hierarchy
1991 – Retired
2005 – died in Thailand
|Contributed by:||Clement Chan (87) 2005-08-13 15:50:23|
|Description:||Received from the respectable Peter Leung (52),the Honourary President of LSOBA, Toronto, Canada.The details is as follows: Tsao Kwang Yung, Peter applied and was admitted to matriculation class, Lower six, in 1954-55. He was in Brother Hugues Class. stayed there for about two to three months. His father was a high ranked Health Officer. Knowing that there was a vacancy in the Department, he told his son to quit studying and join Government service. The rest is history. Peter Tsao had a brother who also studied in La Salle.|
|Contributed by:||Clement Chan (87) 2005-08-02 13:07:49|
|Description:||SJCOBA says the late Mr. Tsao graduated from Class of 1954 of SJC.|
Robert Yuen (71) shared the following message on 2 June 2001 I learn with great regret from Mr. Kenneth Yu, a former teacher of lsc and an old boy that Mr. Robert Tsui has passed away recently of an heart attack. Robert was the Head Prefect of the School in the early ’70s and was a staunch supporter of the functions of the Old Boy Association. May his kind soul rest in peace.
The story of the 2nd President of LSOBA Peter Ulrich (1916 ~ 1941)
Peter Hans Amandus Ulrich was born in 1916 to Peter (Sr.) and Berta (nee Gottsche) Ulrich of Bangkok, Thailand. Peter was a graduate of La Salle College’s class of 1935. Therefore his studies should have commenced before LSC was opened in January 1932, and thus he may have studied in St. Joseph’s Branch School, the forerunner of LSC located in Chatham Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, or in St. Joseph’s College, LSC’s sister school on Hong Kong Island.
In 1935, six government scholarships were awarded to the top matriculation students in Hong Kong. Of the six prizes, LSC took the first three, and Peter was the top student in Hong Kong with six distinctions. Two other Lasallians, Louis Allaye Chan (five distinctions) and Roland Soares (three distinctions), came second and third respectively. Louis was the founding President of LSOBA (the original name of the OBA is La Salle Old Boys’ Association) in 1939.
Peter went on to study in the University of Hong Kong, and after a four year course, he graduated in 1939, and he probably immediately joined LSC as a teacher. A remark from the book ‘Dispersal and Renewal Hong Kong University during the War Years’ by Clifford N. Matthews and Oswald Cheung, mentions that recipients of Government Scholarships were under an obligation to become teachers for a period after their graduation.
Old boys who studied in LSC before the war remember Peter as an all rounded student, and subsequently a passionate staff member. He was always busy with something for the school, and was frequently around the campus long after school hours, coaching students here, or offering help with other activities there. He was much loved by his students.
One year after his former classmate Louis Allaye Chan became the founding President of the LSOBA, Peter received the baton and became the second President of the OBA in 1941.
Meanwhile, all in the Hong Kong colony were tense with the threat of a Japanese onslaught. Many foreigners sent the women and children of the families away from Hong Kong, before the feared attack materialized, and the government passed the ‘Compulsory Service Ordinance’ around June 1939, requiring all male citizens of European extraction and who were of military age to join one of the essential defense services. A grace period was provided to encourage people to join their chosen services voluntarily, after which, those who had not volunteered would be conscripted. The Government Gazette issued on 15th September 1939 reads the name of Peter as being conscripted.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Peter Ulrich served as a gunner with the 5th Anti-Aircraft (A.A.) Battery of the HK Volunteer Defense Corps (HKVDC). The 5th A.A. was responsible to manage the Anti-Aircraft gun at Sai Wan Fort which is very close to Lyemun (the modern spelling is Lei Yue Mun) Barracks, which have in recently years been converted into to a Park and Holiday Village. The position was a crucial point for the defense of the Hong Kong Island and where the Japanese concentrated their forces. Subjected to constant shelling and bombing since the attacks commenced, the Japanese overpowered the unit.
Eleven days into the Japanese attack of Hong Kong from the New Territories, in the evening of 18th December 1941, at around 9:30 pm, the Japanese finally succeeded in landing on Hong Kong Island. Not long afterwards, the Japanese overran 5th A.A. position. Some 30 men of the unit escaped, leaving behind those wounded or dead from the fighting. Fourteen men from the unit were then captured by the Japanese, and were led out and stabbed one by one. This was the first known massacre carried out by the Japanese in the battle of Hong Kong.
Peter was killed on 18th December 1941, at tender age of 25. Apart from Peter, two other Lasallians in the 5th A.A. were among the twenty killed. They were Peter’s younger brother, Albert Ulrich; and Manuel Heleodoro Ozorio.
The bodies of the twenty soldiers of the 5th A.A. were missing until they were discovered in a trench nearby the unit after the Japanese surrender in 1945. In the book ‘Not the Slightest Chance’, the author, Tony Banham states that out of the twenty dead in the position, six were killed in the initial fighting, thus were not victims in the massacre. It may forever remain a mystery whether old boys Peter, Albert and Manuel belonged to the six or the rest of the fourteen.
Graves of these three old boys, plus Edward Filomeno Hyndman, also of the HKVDC, are in the Stanley Military Cemetery. As a small consolation to those who were dear to the Ulrich’s, Peter’s grave stands side by side with Albert, his brother’s grave. This memoir was published 68 years since the death of Peter, and 15 other war dead old boys and staff, and also one Lasallian Brother, Br. Peter Damian Whealan, and we pray for their souls and for their eternal rest in the house of God. We also pray for those who fought bravely and selflessly to defend Hong Kong.
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
~ John Maxwell Edmonds, circa WWI Heritage Sub-Committee
Written in December 2009
PS:The LSCOBA is grateful to Elden Lai (82) who researched into the history of Peter Ulrich and other war dead Lasallians, and who supplied most of the above information.
The photo shows the graves of Peter and his brother Albert in Stanley Military Cemetery.
Born in Hong Kong on 2nd May 1908, Brother Charles Wilkinson taught Class 2.
Brother Joseph Wilkinson was born on 1st January 1914. He taught Class 5. Brother Joseph was killed in the siege of Hong Kong by the Japanese in 1941.
Dr. James Wong (58), a talented and renowned composer, lyricist and writer. “Jim Suk” passed away in Hong Kong on 24 November 2004. A Memorial Booklet about him could be downloaded at http://www.wongjim.com/images/James_book.pdf 黃 霑 曾 經 從 事 電 視 、 電 影 、 廣 告 、 音 樂 以 及 寫 作 工 作 ， 所 以 他 絕 對 稱 得 上 是 一 位 多 媒 體 工 作 人 。 在 音 樂 的 成 就 上 更 獲 獎 無 數 ， 其 中 以 一 九 九 一 年 的 成 績 最 為 輝 煌 ， 當 年 他 連 獲 香 港 樂 壇 九 大 獎 項 ： 金 針 獎 、 最 佳 唱 片 監 製 、 最 佳 作 曲 、 最 佳 歌 詞 、 金 曲 金 獎 等 多 個 大 獎 。 (蘋果日報 2004/11/24)
|Contributed by:||Mark Huang (85) 2005-10-19 17:32:18|
|Description:||The obituary presented by Jack So (58?) for James Wong can be found here. http://web.hku.hk/~daaobeta/memoir08.html|
|Contributed by:||Chan Yuk Cheung (1958) 2004-12-23 12:52:33|
|Description:||Dear Jum Sum, I missed you. My tears cannot but well up in my eyes while typing onto the computer. We spent eight long years together in La Salle and in each other’s home as we were both living at Tai Po Road. I remember you doing your Tai Chi at the veranda of your home sweating profusely. I can still remember the sweet smell of the home-made wine by your father who was forever soft and kind. Being poor in Chinese, I was there watching you and your two brothers challenging each other in filling in the words for the Chinese crossward puzzle during the primary school years. The noise you made while practising your drum at my home still hovers over my ears. The first concert I attended was the harmonica final competition when your Quartet presentation of Mozart’s Serenade in G took the first prize for La Salle. You gave me a few lessons on the harmonic before I left HK after graduating F5. These experiences brought a lot of musical joy and spirits to me and my four children. Through your teacher Leung Yat Chiu, I was able to start the harmonica bands at St Joseph’s College both in Hong Kong and Penang, Malaysia. I saw you trying hard to complete the first song your wrote for a Maryknoll girl in Form 4 and the numerous submissions to the Students’ Weekly News in the secondary school. Yes, you are gifted and know how to get on to the HK people by flowing with their current, bringing them joy via their interests and craze. People may be offened by your use of sex as a channel to get attention, but I think that is only the practice of the trade of PR. Even Chuang Tzu (350 BC) recommended us to act like cows or horses if that is what they want in order to get on to them. I do appreciate your creativity especially in your contribution in elevating the Cantonese lyric writing of the 60s’ and I still enjoy the Chinese you wrote for “It’s a small small world”. Why should you go away so soon? You have not done enough for our younger generation both in terms of writing songs for the kids as well as helping them to be creative like yourself! I am really angry with you! After my departure from the La Salle College community for 46 years, via the news of your death I came to meet our classmates of 1958. I was surprised to learn that our classmate HL Lee spoke to you at 12.56 at the minutes of your departure in his dream talking to you about helping the HK younger generation. Being a clinical psychologist, I was asked by the group of 12 Lasallians to interprete that dream! “James Wong is asking you to help to continue his work of helping the younger set.” “Why me?” Mr. Lee said. “Well, you were the contact between him and the class of 1958 and he promised you that he would see you in future a few years back. He is keeping his promise and that amongst those present, you are the best person in terms of availability of resources.” James Wong might have passed away, but his spirit of joy and creativity is still with us. To carry on his good work some concrete action should be taken, like a special fund for training the younger generation to be more creative. Those who wish to help may contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or the current (2004-05) OBA chairman Dr. Bernard Kong.|
|Contributed by:||Benjamin Tat Bun Ng (’62) 2004-12-09 13:23:42|
|Description:||Although I didn’t know much about James as I had left HK in 1963, but every Hong Kongese I have recently run into not only knew him very well but revered him greatly. So it seems that he has touched many a Hong Kongese’s heart. May James rest in peace, and his family will he in my prayers.|
|Contributed by:||Quintin Kwok (87) 2004-12-08 15:09:22|
|Description:||James was a great talent. His lyrics touched the hearts of everyone and will be remembered for generations to come. While people of Hong Kong and the world mourn his passing, let us all say a little prayer for his family and loved ones.|
|Contributed by:||Charles Tsang (83) 2004-12-08 14:38:20|
|Description:||Like other old boys who graduated from the early 80’s, I grew up along with the songs written by Dr. Wong. I was crazy enough to compile (hand written) a song book which documented 340 Chinese songs back in 1985. Of course, it was filled with many many masterpieces written by Dr. Wong. His songs touched my heart. His language skill was so good that just a simple sentence could mean a lot to me. We will remember what you said James: “Friends should see each others for no specific reason”. Eventhough you were no longer around, you still lived deep inside our heart, as our role model. May you R.I.P.|
|Contributed by:||Alexander Cheung (82) 2004-12-08 02:16:29|
|Description:||Never met Dr. Wong, but heard a whole lot about him through the years from my parents, especially my father, who was also a La Salle Boy. I was so looking forward to, perhaps, seeing him at the LSCOBA Christmas Ball with other elder Old Boys on December 3rd, but then got to know of his passing the very night I arrived in Hong Kong from Canada. Very fond memories of Dr. Wong indeed, somehow, even though I had never got to meet him in person. I have sung so many songs he wrote, but the most touching piece I have ever done in front of others has to be the Cantonese La Salle School Song. I felt his pressence when I sang the Chinese School Song he wrote for us at the Christmas Ball last Friday–my trip to Hong Kong was completed and fulfiled. Thanks, Dr. Wong, our See Hing for life; you have left us priceless legacy that cannot be compared. Until then, I remain, yours in La Salle!|
|Contributed by:||Arvin Chan (87) 2004-12-07 10:57:45|
|Description:||As the “next generation” of James Wong, I would like to share my personal encounter with the great man when I was still a baby kid. Our family was living in Mei Foo, and one night I was having a high fever. So my parents rushed downstairs to call a taxi, but as it was already 2:00am they waited long without getting one. Then Mr. Wong and his wife (Wa Wa) drove by and noticed us. He immediately stopped his car and asked my parents if there was anything wrong with the kid, and that he could give us a ride to the hospital. It was 2:30am in the morning! As retold by my parents, he offered his assistance in a wholehearted manner, so warm and natural, sincere and humble. We remembered this every time we saw him in the media, in fact we’ll remember his kindness forever. So it was his lifelong motto, pouring love and caring to his friends and even strangers alike without asking for anything in return. Hope he can rest in peace in God’s love.|
|Contributed by:||Yeung Hing Kui (62) 2004-12-02 2004-12-02 22:17:15|
|Description:||People see things as they are, and say why. He dreamed things that never were, and say why not.|
|Contributed by:||F Tse (80s) 2004-12-02 11:56:24|
|Description:||Dear James, James Wong, or I shall say Dr. James Wong, modern Beethoven, crazy but not stupid, full of maddness but with super creative power, dare to speak up but always make sense, eager to love but understand not all love stories will have a good ending, have the guts to do all the shocking things but also have the courage to admit all the faults….. Just like the song you wrote, you was, are and will always be the “Bright Star” up in the heaven. Well, I don’t usually do something like this, that’s going to a msg board and write…… Thus, I’m 101% believe we all miss you very much, especially your artistic talent. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your lifetime contribution to the Chinese Pop Song Culture. I’m pretty sure all your legendary lyrics + music will be with us as long as time exists. We will not forget you. F Tse (Old Boy)|
|Contributed by:||Larry Lee (96) 2004-11-29 02:53:09|
|Description:||Jim Suk, Thanks for the many 金曲 you have written for us, the lay Hong Kong people. We are so proud of you. And we all thank you wholeheartedly for bringing us joy and relieving us from depressions through the tunes and lyrics. Your songs, your words, your humour and your belief in life will long live in our mind. May you rest in peace. With love, Larry Lee (96)|
|Contributed by:||Ng Kai Yin (02) 2004-11-28 03:02:10|
|Description:||為悼念師兄黃霑博士，小弟特意為師兄遺作<滄海一聲笑>譜上新詞。雖然小弟填詞功力尚淺，但一番心意，還請霑師兄笑訥。 調寄《滄海一聲笑》 《霑叔一聲笑》 霑叔一聲笑 聲聲震浪潮 才情橫溢天之驕 知音笑 首首豁達謠 詞魂長伴那香江飄 瀟灑笑 掀刮狂潮 填詞填盡了幾多春曉 香江笑 聲勢嘹 毋忘那萬般不朽朗笑 霑叔,主懷安息|
|Contributed by:||Henry Nip(88) 2004-11-27 01:14:44|
|Description:||他的歌詞，是留給香港人最大的禮物;[獅子山下]一曲的歌詞在近幾年就已經勉勵了不少在逆境中掙扎的香港人，當然包括我自己在內。 [人生中有歡喜 難免亦常有淚r 我地大家在獅子山下相遇上 總算是歡笑多於唏噓 人生不免崎嶇 難以絕無掛慮 既是同舟在獅子山下且共濟 拋棄區分求共對 放開 彼此心中矛盾 理想一起去追 同舟人 誓相隨 無畏更無懼 同處海角天邊 攜手踏平崎嶇 我地大家用艱辛努力寫下那 不朽香江名句] 願他的靈魂在天主的懷內安息|
|Contributed by:||Raymond Chu (77) 2004-11-27 00:54:37|
|Description:||黃霑學長與世長辭 同窗無不惋惜 欲譔文以悼之 唯書以洋文 感與學長格格不入 故執塵封之拙筆為學長輓: 文曲現世乃藉香江淪陷 大陸色變移根獅子山下 承循父軌負笈母校黌門 克己復禮而基石定 明德格物乃學有成 年且及冠 初躍在淵 進而無咎 三十既立 鋒芒畢露 翔於天焉 知命而後 大展鴻圖 窈窕淑女 執子之手 莫可久耶 不惑已界 亢極有悔 養性修德 博學鴻儒 有孚在道 花甲有三 蒙主寵召 非完其人 乃全其志 雖終而無悔 唯紅顏禍水 前車未鑒 有負糟糠 然不無憾也 然大情大性 合時熾 離時 昨天種種 未如詩者 不為道也 乎不世之材 凡藝壇北斗 莫有尼於世俗 方有壯憓豁達 比梵谷 放浪不羈 比魯迅 橫眉冷對 眾力於我何有哉 又有幾人能及矣 唯霑學長之豪情放任 既為世之所容 更為世之所慕 此母校所自持之總勝一籌也 我等同門 每藉抬頭向長空求指引 放眼高闊天際望 且見學長徐立於彩雲深處 天國階前 御煙持酒 笑望且有猶豫之聖徒彼得 “仍然能夠 講一聲 我係我” 霑學長玩世不恭之 狂、放、浪、蕩, 行事為人之 志、誠、勇、毅 實不折不扣之喇沙仔寫照 能言人之不諱言 能為人之不屑為 然其所言所為 皆我輩言而不敢鳴 為而不坦誠者是也 雖未敢妄言堪作同門楷模 然能面對世界一切 那怕又如何 忽亦我等皆慕之情操耶 人生朝露 鴻爪留痕 有誤人者 亦誤於人 是非得失 實皆空也 盡心全力 其生不枉 非慕其名 乃傷其類 雖仰其才 亦感其憾 莫其譽 妄誇其名 且憫其情 而恤其委 以撫其憾 以慰其靈 烏呼霑 今而後者 能感我性 可映我情 同輸一脈 復可求也 今祈天主 納兄之靈 天國樂土 再譜新章 爾曲天訟 如於地焉|
|Contributed by:||Paul Wong – 2002 2004-11-27 00:54:22|
|Description:||為悼念黃霑先生: 英魂迅逝酷驚聞, 良才此世不枉生; 詞情達意傳各土, 高朋眾友苦相陳. 今朝故人雖隔世, 詩詞文賦傳後人. 嗚呼!命如星殞閃即滅, 天壽永不加明人; 哀哉!痛失賢士嘆長恨, 回憶去日又思君. 可憐先生終遠去, 聽 爾 一 笑 一 淚 行.|
|Contributed by:||Robert Yuen Kar Ngai (71) 2004-11-26 13:30:54|
|Description:||Your courage and determination to face your last illness should be well remembered by all Hong Kong people in physical and/or psychosocial distress. May your kind soul rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.|
|Contributed by:||Vincent Pun – 1981 2004-11-26 11:27:23|
|Description:||Johan, Jim suk is an icon of HK & LSC. We’re all proud of him. He & his songs are parts of our collective memory, just like the Dome and the La Salle spirit and will never be casted away. May God bless you & your family. As you said, may his laughter be with us all. Vincent Pun|
|Contributed by:||Francis Cheung 2004-11-26 05:18:14|
|Description:||黃霑去世 一個絕對大情大性,豪邁奔放o既性情中人!多才多藝,才華橫溢不在話下.霑叔o個手靚詞(滄海一聲笑,上海灘),佢老人家早年o個D獨當一面o既廣告(人頭馬一開,好事自然來),同埋佢o個把獨一無二o既歌聲(滄海一聲笑,道道道)?!試問家我呢一輩邊度有呢D咁全面o既人才呀?! 可能係小弟個人品味問題,就算歌神唱得几好,我硬係覺得首”滄海一聲笑”霑叔係唱得最正,最能唱出o個首歌o既味道! “滄海一聲笑,滔滔兩岸潮,浮沉隨浪,只記今宵!” 願佢老人家安息,o係上面繼續笑傲江湖!!!|
|Contributed by:||Kelvin Bao (03) 2004-11-26 01:11:05|
|Description:||You and your music will always live in the hearts of all. Thanks for all the wonderful lyrics, I’m sure they’ll be loved and remembered by generations to come.|
|Contributed by:||Charles Li (74) 2004-11-26 01:08:28|
|Description:||Beside Mr. James Wong contribution to the entertainment business in Hong Kong, let’s not forget his influence in the advertising industry during the late 60’s and 70’s. His 3 most famous campaign are still considered to be the text book cases in the Chinese advertising history. ENO Mineral Salt Remy Martin Cognac (VS) Viceroy cigarette poster in the YMT ferry are all long lasting advertising slogans. We are proud to have an advertising giant like Mr. James Wong and may he rest in peace. My condulence to his family.|
|Contributed by:||David Lam (1988) 2004-11-25 22:31:00|
|Description:||Jim Suk gave the Hong Kong people laughter, confidence and many precious memories through his lyrics and other works. He also shown us how to be a true La Sallian, and be proud of it. Rest in peace, Jim Suk. As Johan said we will remember you through your laughter, and your role model as a La Sallian.|
|Contributed by:||Au Kin Heng Constantine (1987) 2004-11-25 21:22:38|
|Description:||I forgot this point in my previous message. Thanks for Chinese version of our school song: 豪 情 少 年 敢 為 敢 作 一 身 朝 氣 心 向 上 人 行 正 途 艱 危 不 怕 我 會 盡 心 全 力 幹 合 唱: 有 幸 做 好 喇 沙 書 院 友 重 遇 我 往 昔 同 窗 不 管 天 陰 天 晴 日 我 地 齊 聲 將 此 曲 唱 云 云 教 壇 書 堂 精 舍 各 有 當 世 好 印 象 唯 從 有 成 英 雄 榜 看 母 校 突 出 人 共 仰 抬 頭 向 長 空 求 指 引 放 眼 高 闊 天 際 望 昂 昂 志 朝 彩 雲 深 處 與 母 校 青 雲 共 上 同 門 友 誼 因 時 俱 進 當 天 歡 笑 不 變 樣 良 朋 滿 堂 欣 然 相 對 母 校 校 歌 來 合 唱|
|Contributed by:||Peter Lee (93) 2004-11-25 20:38:16|
|Description:||師兄, 您人雖然離開我們, 但您的精神和信念將會一直陪著我們.|
|Contributed by:||Harry Chu (1987) 2004-11-25 19:47:24|
|Description:||My condolences to Johan and your family. Please take good care of them as I am sure that’s what Mr. Wong wanted to see. Your father is a great man. I can’t tell you how sad I heard the news. For years, he has been an icon for us (me) in this communication and creative industry. His skills in writing, especially on the use of modern Chinese words, is what I have been aspiring for a long time. May he rest in peace in God.|
|Contributed by:||K.F. Chan (1980) 2004-11-25 19:37:46|
|Description:||When I was a student in La Salle, one of our English teachers, Mr Robert Cheng, told us that Mr James Wong was of his years, when most students would opt for studying English that normally guaranteed a better career prospect. However, Mr James Wong opted for studying Chinese. Mr Robert Cheng told us that it was after years of hard work, the decision of Mr James Wong proved to be right, and his achievement had over-shadowed a lot of others who went in the “normal channel”. The way Mr James Wong excelled in his studies and his career is something Lasallians are proud of, and something Lasallians should learn. May God take good care of Mr James Wong’s soul, and his family, especially our alumni Mr Johan Wong. In Christ, K.F. Chan (1980)|
|Contributed by:||Lorencio Shiu Mateo 1993 2004-11-25 19:32:49|
|Description:||I like you very much, you are my role model. May you rest in peace, and best wishes to your family!|
|Contributed by:||Willie Wong (84) 2004-11-25 19:27:32|
|Description:||Out of all the Lasallians I have come across, the late Mr. James Wong excelled others by his knowledge in Chinese literature and his impromptu speeches were just unbeatable. We have indeed lost a great son of La Salle. My condolences go to Johan, Ursula and the family. May his soul rest in peace. – Willie –|
|Contributed by:||Johan Wong 2004-11-25 18:45:29|
|Description:||I am really moved by all your kind words and tributes to my father. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. “There are famous schools in plenty, but La Salle is something more.” Long live the La Salle spirit. -johan|
|Contributed by:||Andy Cheng 1967 2004-11-25 15:28:02|
|Description:||JIM! We are proud of you as a Lasallian!! May you rest in peace! 2004-11-25|
|Contributed by:||Vitus Leung (80) 2004-11-25 14:57:54|
|Description:||He was pround of being LS Old Boy and we are pround of having him as our “Si Hing”. Long live La Salle Spirit in him… God Bless to him..|
|Contributed by:||Chris Wong (67) 2004-11-25 14:28:59|
|Description:||Thank you for promoting our Cantonese heritage. Hope others will imitate your proud legacy. Cantonese is our cultural heritage, let it shine on earth. Thank you for bringing joy and laughter to the world.|
|Contributed by:||Victor Leung (77) 2004-11-25 14:03:15|
|Description:||As Wong Jim’s put this in his own words: ? 鄛 塶 Wong Jim Thanks to such dedicated and loyal La Salle Old Boys, Wong Jim, we now have a chinese school song (that I never knew exist until now). La Salle has cultured many sucessful old boys in the past, but not many as loyal as Wong Jim. “C Hing”, despite your sad passing away, you’ll always be remembered by fellow Lasallian. The old boys will always remember you when we sing the chinese school song, a gift from you that we’ll forever treasure. You are my true hero!|
|Contributed by:||Michael Ho 2004-11-25 13:11:37|
|Description:||Mr. Jim Wong was an incredibly talented individual, not only in showbiz but as a human being in our society. We will all miss you. My deepest condolences go to Wong’s family. God Bless.|
|Contributed by:||Kenneth Young (88) 2004-11-25 12:31:39|
|Description:||I love the way he made sex a laughing topic. I love the way he didn’t conceal his lust. He is a sex symbol in a certain way. He got guts.|
|Contributed by:||Thomas Wong (01) 2004-11-25 10:21:25|
|Description:||May I also offer my condolences to Mr Wong’s family, friends and all of us LaSallians, all of whom must have been depressed by his unexpected passing away. May he rest in peace in the Kingdom of God.|
|Contributed by:||Raymond Tang (81) 2004-11-25 09:38:41|
|Description:||「…無論我有百般對，或者千般錯，全心去承受結果。面對世界一切，那怕會如何？全心保存真的我…」Such a correct attitute towards life! James Wong makes all of us proud to be LaSallites. May your soul rest in peace in God. God Bless you & your family & La Salle.|
|Contributed by:||Clement Chan (87) 2004-11-25 09:32:03|
|Description:||James Wong was the first LSC Old Boy I knew when I was a primary school kid.Even before Bruce Lee,he was La Salle to me. “To women,you have to give money or passion.You can’t be reluctant on both.” That’s what he said in a crappy movie in early 1990s.I am not sure whether it was written by him and I strongly believe this philosophy. So long,your La Salle and Hong Kong will always miss you.|
|Contributed by:||Bill Wong (66) 2004-11-25 07:35:03|
|Description:||Many La Sallians might not have met James personally, however, his artistic talent, innovative thinking and down-to-earth personality were encroached in the hearts of every La Sallian. His contribution and dedication to the La Salle community and the Hong Kong entertainment industry will forever be remembered and appreciated. My deepest condolences to James’ family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.|
|Contributed by:||Paul Wong (1976) 2004-11-25 02:46:04|
|Description:||Wong Jim is always my idol because of his talent and contribution to culture, even before I realize that he is my “Si Hing”. I feel even closer to him and proud to be with him in this Lasallian family. As Johan (his elder son) said, I will always remember his smile (or laugh). May his soul rest in peace and may God bless his family.|
|Contributed by:||Louis Law (1970) 2004-11-25 00:52:33|
|Description:||A Man For All Seasons A Renaissance Man A Maverick… What would be the best way to underscore such a colourful life enjoyed by our late Wong Jim? It is also interesting to note that Wong Jim received his education in Hong Kong and yet excel in writing Chinese lyrics for so many famed songs. I would be interested to learn what had happened to him at his school days while at La Salle. I leave that to the 50’s “Si Hing” to tell us more. To my knowledge, his close association with Leung Yat Chiu, the late harmonica maestro who assisted the school harmonica band at that time, helped shape his passion with music and the show business. Most important of all, his relentless drive to do the best is a hallmark that we should all emulate. That’s really something more for us Lasallian to be proud of!|
|Contributed by:||Anthony Tung 1997 2004-11-25 00:47:40|
|Description:||I had a chance to go to the same class with him when he was studying master in HKU. We were attending the class of Hong Kong Popular Culture. You would never forget his voice and his way to laugh. May his soul rest in peace.|
|Contributed by:||Au Kin Heng Constantine (1987) 2004-11-25 00:46:07|
|Description:||The Hong Kong citizens will always remember you. Lasallians will always be grateful to your contributions to LSC and LSCOBA. May you rest in peace. May God bless your family.|
|Contributed by:||Cecil Kwong (97) 2004-11-25 00:28:11|
|Description:||We are really thankful for his numerous contributions, especially the Chinese lyrics of the school song.|
|Contributed by:||Mark Huang (85) 2004-11-25 00:24:55|
|Description:||A Lasallian that lived life with passion, love, laughter, and energy, and who used all the talents and gifts that were granted to him to their fullness, and who shared them generously. And in the process of just being himself, he shared his talent to create beautiful lyrics and compositions to share with others. May God take good care of his soul, and his family and all those he loved, especially to our classmate Johan Wong (85). I wish I could live with the same passion as Uncle James.|
|Contributed by:||James Yeung (94) 2004-11-25 00:13:51|
|Description:||The word “Genius” was invented to describe talents like the late Mr. James Wong. His multi-talents are recognised all over the Chinese community and his works and words will leave a lasting impression in the history of La Salle, Hong Kong and the Chinese community all over the world. I am sorry that I have not had the opportunity to get to know the great man, but he was, is and will ever be my idol. 24 Nov 2004 – the day when the planet loses a Genius. May the Genius’s soul rest in peace.|
|Contributed by:||Toms 2004-11-25 00:06:16|
|Description:||May his assertiveness in life be our model and always be remembered and appraised.|
Message from Alexander Cheung, President of LSCOBA – Toronto Chapter on 15 August 2004. I am deeply saddened to inform you that one of our fellow Old Boys, Jimmy Wong (84), passed away last Thursday. I got to know Jimmy just two years ago when our Chapter was trying to revive our soccer team. I still remember vividly how Jimmy scored one of the two goals when we played against Wah Yan Kowloon almost two years ago making us winners that day. We certainly will miss his pressence from now on. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Eily, and three very young children ages from 1 1/2 to 5. Here are the details of the funeral service: Visitation: Friday (Aug 20) 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Elgin Mills Cemetery Chapel (Elgin Mills & Leslie) Funeral service: Saturday (Aug 21) 9:30 am – 11:30 am St Agnes K Y Tsao Catholic Church (16th Ave & Rodick, East of Woodbine). May God comfort Jimmy’s family in this midst of difficult time. Alexander
Mr Wong is the younger brother of Old Boy James Wong (57) (Wong “Jim”). ~June 2004