吾父 － 趙令群 (丙子年十二月十七日辰時 － 丙戌年六月十九日子時)
My Father – Chiu Ling Kwan (
Father died on
We are deeply saddened by his departure. However, the consolation is that he is eventually released from this chronic agonising and anonymous illness that had deprived him of everything in his final years. Our love and care was a relief but no cure.
He was a loving father and he lives in our hearts.
The wake will take place at on 24 July in Room 306, Hong Kong Funeral House, North Point and the funeral at on 25 July at the Main Hall on ground floor.
父親 － 我的片言
Father – My Side of the Story
Born to a rich landlord family in
My grandfather’s name is Chiu Pik Kwong and father had sadly no recall of anything about his mother at all.
The misfortunes in his early years had made him a man of few words and emotions. I have never heard him mention his life in
He fled to
He and mom married in 1961 and together they raised six children – four daughters and two sons. I came second. Though poor, he endeavoured to give all his children a good education. None of the girls in the family was forced to quit school and join the workforce to spare the money for the education of the boys, which was common in the 1960s and 1970s.
He assumed the conventional father figure in a Chinese family – serious, stern, rigid. His words were final and there was little room for discussion. Yet, he was devoted and dedicated to the family and we all know he was a loving father.
He lived a frugal life and insisted to continue to work till he was struck by his mysterious illness. His retirement years were spent on constant struggles with illnesses and he, a sane and alert man, was eventually held captive in an immobilised body in the last four years.
The last time I took him to a doctor was in 2001. He had given up hope and with much persuasion I convinced him to see a professor in the
The greatest achievement in his life is that he raised six upright and honest persons. Now that we all have our careers and life, may he rest in peace. And thanks mom for the hardship she has gone through in these years.
I miss him much. May he be blessed in his other life.
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