Foo Sing Wong
October 24, 1926 – April 15, 2020
On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Foo Sing Wong (Cookie), loving husband and father of four children passed away at the Clover Living Retirement Home, at the age of 93 years. Foo was born in Toy Shan, Guangdong, China on October 24, 1926, to Tai Ming Wong and Miss Ma. He married Gee Young Yee in 1949. They raised 3 sons, Lee, Norman, and John, and one daughter, Lorna. He immigrated to Taber, Alberta in 1951, and worked in the Taber Café. He moved to Vulcan, Alberta in 1956 and became partner in the New Club Café. He became sole owner in 1961, and operated it until 1978. Moving to Calgary, Alberta he continued his restaurant profession at the Fortune Restaurant and then The Fortune Inn Restaurant until his retirement in October 2006.
Foo’s (Cookie’s) passion was the restaurant business. The restaurants he operated were family businesses with everyone pitching in to help. He always had time for his customers and had an uncanny ability to remember the favorite dishes for regular patrons (the usual). They were always greeted with his big smile, “How are you today? Looking good.” wearing his white jacket and bow tie.
Foo was preceded in death by his father, Tai Ming, and his mother. He is survived by his wife, Gee Young, his four children, Lee (Theresa), Norman, Lorna, (Alan), and John (Lisa), six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. His brothers Peter, Simon, sisters Holly, Tammy, Sharon, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to United Way at https://calgaryunitedway.org.
- United Way
Foo Sing Wong
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April 20, 2020
Dear Lee, Norman, Lorna and John.
I was sad to hear about the passing away of your father. I remember many of our family trips from Taber to Calgary and stopping in Vulcan to visit your family. It was a treat to to get a nice hot meal after being on the road for so many hours.
Condolences to your family.
Wanda (How) and Seamus
April 19, 2020
Dear Lee, Norman , Lorna , John ,
Our heartfelt condolences to you upon the passing of Elder Brother .
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
I will always remember him fondly and have wonderful memories of many times spent with you all during our younger years.
He leaves behind a wonderful family , who are a great source of comfort and support to one another .
April 19, 2020
My fondest memory of my dearest grandpa was that of going to the Fortune Inn Restaurant every Sunday with my family where we would gather with my aunts, uncles and cousins. Those were the best times, we would laugh, play and all sit down to enjoy family dinner cooked by grandma and grandpa. Grandpa would take Taylor, Victoria and I out for blue bubblegum ice cream after dinner on hot summer days. Many birthdays and holidays were celebrated at the restaurant. These family gatherings were the highlight of my childhood as it brought our families together.
I will hold all my memories of your cheerful, kind spirit close to my heart. Thank you Grandpa for everything. Your memory will live on forever. I miss and love you. Rest easy, until we meet again.
April 18, 2020
Dear Lee, Norman, Lorna and John,
I am very sadden to learn of your Dad’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your families on your loss. Take comfort in knowing that he will be missed and remembered for his devotion and dedication to his family. I will always remember his enjoyment in feeding us with food he has made and be forever grateful to him for introducing me to peanut butter, Coca-Cola and orange Crush. I hope the many treasured memories you have of him will ease your journey through this loss.
May you all find peace and comfort during these difficult times.
April 17, 2020
Dear Lee and Theresa,
We are saddened by the passing of your father, our beloved brother Foo Sing. Our heart felt condolences are extended to you. We will miss him and find comfort in happy memories of time spent with him. Over the years he generously hosted many family gatherings for our large extended family. We all enjoyed the delicious food he cooked up for these special occasions. His apple pie was amazing! His enthusiastic jovial personality was evident as he always greeted us warmly with his signature strong handshake and jolly smile. We feel blessed to be in his familial circle and felt his love.
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss.
Holly & Gene