Mr. Tin-Fat Lung, (January 3, 1924 – June 12, 2012), was born in the picturesque Yuen-Long township of Hong Kong. At age six, his mother passed away. His father favored him with extra love and provided him with luxuries. He became very independent, caring and mature at early age. Tin-Fat attended Chung Sing Primary School where he met his future wife. Later on, he furthered his studies in the prestigious King’s College. At age eighteen in 1942, he married Kiu-Sim Chan and together they have ten children. Year 2012 marks their seventieth wedding anniversary.
It was at the height of the Pacific War and it was a difficult time. Tin-Fat entered the national army as a military police officer to serve his country. Incidences happened at war, there were sniper shootings. At one time, Tin-Fat showed his courage by covering his beloved older brother with his own body in protecting him from stray bullets. When WWII ended, he saw business opportunities in trading rice, cooking oil and other businesses. He made a small fortune. In 1959, he and his brother opened a restaurant which had the world’s best pastries according to his ten children. In 1964, he experienced the Tokyo Olympic Games and stayed in a Japanese friend’s home for three weeks. In 1966, he entered politics and was elected as a legislative councilor of New Territories’ constituency. During that two-year term, he helped many residents restore basic rights and benefits, housing, employment and education conditions. Also, he organized soccer events and martial arts classes for local youths. He visited elderly widows and the deprived and supplied them with sustenance–semicolon– and engaged in other numerous charities. Tin-Fat was a good father and provider to his family with abundance. He was also a nice and caring man, a diplomat, a successful businessman, and a generous friend.
In 1973, Tin-Fat retired and left Hong Kong. He uprooted his family and immigrated to Canada. He believed his children would have an even better future in Canada. He stayed in Edmonton for the latter half of his life. He adapted to the Canadian way of life very well. He went to hockey and football games, wrestling matches, horse racings and Klondike parades. He enjoyed travelling. He spent most of his time and energy on his grand-children as a proud retired grand-father. In spring of 2003, he had some unexpected illnesses and was under home and hospital supervision for many months. With the loss of mobility and deteriorated health condition, in Fall 2004, he joined the Edmonton China-town Care Centre which provided excellent Chinese oriented care. Even though he was ailing, he was still very optimistic and extremely sociable. He was very popular among the care centre residents. He was very active and participated as many activities and functions until the end of his fruitful life.
Mr. Tin-Fat Lung now lays in peace in Heaven and dearly missed by his family and friends. Amen!