My father was a humble man, who often walked with kings, but never lost the common touch. He was born in China in 1935, Grandma and Grandpa’s first boy, of five children. He always professed his love for his parents, especially his mother. He would speak glowingly of his mother, with tears welling up in his eyes. She worked the rice fields to provide for her children. She would sacrifice her food rations so that he wouldn’t starve. Some of the last words I have heard my father say were mom, mom, my mother. I am comforted to know that his loving mom, my apo was there to guide him when God called him home. Our father was a devoted husband married to my mom for 55 years. My mom said that for those 55 years of marriage, they never went to bed angry … and I said, what a smart man. A loving father to his daughters and one and only favourite son. He taught us how to love God and family. He would often remind us that when you greeted people, you not only asked how they were, the ritual also included, asking about the well-being of their fathers, mothers and children … simple things that we sometimes forget in this fast paced world we live in. But it was natural to him because my father loved people. My father sacrificed his whole life for his family, working hard to give his children the tools to succeed, like education, life long lessons and compassion for the less fortunate. He loved his family and we all know his passion was his restaurant, Soong’s Great Wall, Home of the Finest Cuisine. He was proud of his restaurant and it all started with sanitation, good food, and good service … that all started with his kitchen. His award for sanitation was one of his proudest accomplishments. His staff will tell you that he was the best boss you could ask for. He was selfless and helped many of them to open their own businesses. He was no stranger to giving. Many would consider him like a father. He not only gave instruction, but also took the time to personally mentor his team. Dad came here by boat at the age of 12. He loved his country, his country of Trinidad and Tobago. He was very grateful to its people. He was Chinese from China, but this was his home. He often said I came from nothing. This country has given me opportunities to raise a family, to have wonderful friends, to be a successful businessman. And I can say Dad you have contributed to Trinidad and Tobago, and its people. You have made meaningful contributions to bettering the lives of many. Everywhere I go, people always tell me how great a man my Dad was. You left an indelible impression, a legacy, and touched so many lives. And we will never forget that. Dad you lived an exemplary life … left us with your good name. You are a gem. You are my hero. I love you, we all love you. Go home to God and rest in peace.
You are truly “one in a million” and I am so humbled and honoured that God gave us his greatest gift of LOVE… YOU… to call our dad. I miss everything about you, your smile and laughter, your reassuring voice, your warm and comforting arms around us, simply your presence. Life has never been the same without you Dad and although my heart is still broken, the special love that you and mom have created will forever flow through us, your children and brightly shine through your seven amazing grand children. You have taught us love and compassion, to respect and appreciate all around us, to see the “good” in everything, so “seeing life through your eyes”, the world is indeed, a better and more beautiful place. The joy and happiness you brought to all the hearts you’ve touched, what a “special gift” to those who have crossed your path. Knowing you is loving you and as the saying goes, “Giving is receiving”. You have given so much of yourself on earth and in return, you were loved by many and still are! I love you Daddy. Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of a wonderful Dad. Our family is richly blessed and we could not ask for more.
You were gentle, loving, caring, and generous … and you always made me feel so special when you told everyone about how hard you laughed at the joke I told you as a child. I don’t remember the joke but the punch line was “Me brother say he love you with his whole heart and a little bit of guts!” (must be said in a Spanish accent … hahaha!) I am so happy that you had a chance to meet all your grandchildren and they grew up knowing you and experiencing first hand what a great man you are by the way you played with them and spoiled them. As you look down from heaven, you know how much we are still hurting and you know what a hard time Mom is having. The pain of losing you is greater than imaginable because you were such an important part of our lives. You have really left a mark in our hearts. Please continue to look after us, protecting us and guiding us each day. I love you with my whole heart and a little bit of guts and I will continue to see your smiling face and hear your voice in my head and in my dreams … until the chain links again.
They say a daughter’s first love is her daddy. You were my knight in shining armour. There was nothing you wouldn’t do for me, no battle you wouldn’t fight. Your love for me and my brother and sisters was boundless. Even now, I still feel you protecting me. Nothing bad can ever happen because your love is eternal. The last words you ever said to me were “Don’t worry about anything. Daddy will take care of you.” I love you daddy!