OBITUARY

Willie Yuk Long Wong

June 30, 1936October 10, 2020

Willie Wong passed away peacefully at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary, Alberta on October 10, 2020 at the age of 84 years.

Willie was born in a small village near Toi San, in Guangdong Province, China on June 30, 1936. He immigrated to Canada in 1949. Following in his father’s footsteps, Willie, with his brother and brother-in-law, built a successful restaurant, Wong’s Kitchen in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He retired in 1995 and moved to Calgary. Throughout his life, he was able to travel to many corners of the world, but enjoyed the trips back to China the most.

Willie is lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Judy and their three children Doug (Ruth), Rick (Lexy) and Nancy (Dave). He was blessed with six grandchildren: Jennifer (Ryan), Jade, Jordan, Kyle (Ivana), Nathan and Sean as well as five great grandsons: Jayden, Jace, Beckham, Odin and Axel.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Tom Baker Cancer Centre through the Alberta Cancer Foundation at https://www.albertacancer.ca/donate/

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Rod Olson

October 27, 2020

I remember looking out from our back garden in the 700 block of 4th Ave in Swift Current to the #1 highway and a big truck was carrying the original "Wong's Kitchen" sign as it was heading to the site to be erected at the first place. The rest was history. Then I worked for Willie as a delivery guy while in high school in 1969 and 1970. It was such a pleasure to drive the nice white station wagon. I ate their wonderful food every evening. I remember on Sunday afternoons when things quieted down all the fellows would be down playing mah jong in the function room of the restaurant. Thanks for all the memories Willie. You were a big part of Swift Current.

Rod Olson, Abu Dhabi, UAE

ROBERT DUDAK

October 24, 2020

FAREWELL TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND AND A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP THAT WE SHARED FOR (50 1/2) FIFTY AND A HALF YEARS.......never in all those years was there ever a disagreement,a harsh word or a raised eyebrow of disapproval.Everyday was only talking and more talking with laughter followed by more laughter.Being with you was always a good day.Our laughter always kept us young at heart.I will deeply miss you but you left me with wonderful memories to the end of my days..................................you were the best friend anyone could have.
Judy,Doug,Rick,Nancy and families my deepest condolences to all of you.May your husband,father,grandfather and great grandfather now be resting in peace,for he has now joined his ancestors from all those centuries past.

Cam Son of Ray and Sharon Dickie

October 22, 2020

We were literally just talking about Wong’s Kitchen the other day. What an amazing part of our childhood and then right into our adulthood. Mom and dad even snuck a few late nights in there a month with their friends and we got takeout in the AM!! Was just never the same after you guys made the move to Calgary. But the memories never faded. To Judy and the kids, thank you so much for all of the great memories and may God richly bless you with peace and an awareness of how much people cared about and felt loved by you guys. You were and are a Swift Current legend family.

Jodie Hyswick

October 22, 2020

What can I say. We are so very saddened by Willie’s passing. I remember so many great nights/weekends hanging out at Wong’s.
Lang’s, Stein’s, Young’s, Nimigeers’s, Hanlon’s, Polley’s. We would fill the restaurant for hours and then some. Our parents enjoying such good times. All of us ranging in age. I wouldn’t miss this or change this for anything. Such great memories we will hold forever ♥️♥️
From Will, Ad, Cam, Jodie & family to Judy, Rick, Doug & Nancy.
Our deepest condolences. Love you all.
So glad after many many years. We still keep in touch

The Hyswick Family

Dwain Lingenfelter

October 22, 2020

RIP Willie. Many fond memories of great food and discussions at Wong's with Willie after a day of campaigning. Always a wise man with good advise. Bon voyage and love my friend!

Paul Teng

October 22, 2020

To everyone in the Wong Family:

Very sad to hear the passing of Willie, whom we’ve always been addressing as 郎叔in Chinese. I sincerely hope that he’s gone to a world that’s happy, peaceful and no pain. The Wong family, especially Willie and his two brothers, are tremendous people whom greatly supported me, my family and many others in the Swift Current Chinese community. Most of my family had worked at Wong’s Kitchen, like many of the older generation Chinese in Swift Current. I started working at Wong’s a week after I arrived Canada until I finished high school and off to university. I have many good memories of working in the kitchen and enjoyed hearing from Willie and the older generation Chinese about their stories and experiences in Canada. When we took over Wong’s from the Wongs (get it?) in 1995 after the three Wong brothers decided to retire, Willie told me that Wong’s Kitchen is more than a restaurant, it’s an institution for many people in Swift Current where everyone comes to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, good food and live music ...... and he was right! Years later, many of the customers still ask and talk about Willie which is recognition of his influence and that he had many friends. During my recent visit to Wong’s Kitchen, currently operated by my cousins, customers still asked about Willie and the Wong Brothers..... they truly had left a legacy in Swift Current.

Thank you, 郎叔/Willie and the Wong Family, for your kindness, friendship and support throughout the decades. You were a great enabling people for me, my family and many others in Swift Current.

Wish everyone in the Wong family and those who know them healthy and safe.

Paul Teng

Martin Lautsch

October 22, 2020

Growing up in Swift Current many meals and memorable family events were enjoyed at Wong’s. Later on, it was always a highlight to cross paths and catch up with Uncle Willie and Judy in Calgary. Our thoughts are with all of you.

The Lautsch Family

E Anne Jacobson

October 22, 2020

My family knew and loved Willie, as well as Wong’s Kitchen, when I grew up in Swift Current. The first one of us to meet him was my brother. As a young DJ at CKSW in the 60s, he was treated to delicious food during lonely late hours. We always stopped in at Wong’s Kitchen when visiting our parents over the years. Willie was a hard working, personable man who paid attention to detail. He found time to visit our table no matter how busy it was. I still have a plate from China that he gave me in the 90s, and many photos of our family on the dance floor. Willie made sure everyone under his roof was happy.
Our condolences to the Wong family during this sorrowful time.
Anne (Esther) Jacobson, Dave Jacobson and Janice Randell.

Richard ( Dick) Lee

October 21, 2020

Condolences from the Swift Current
Lee Family
Richard and Joanne
Tara , (Dr. Lee) , Billy ,
Chelsea and Michelle
You were a good friend to us.
God Bless You

Marc Thibodeau

October 21, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Willie’s passing. Doug and I have been good friends for many years growing up in Swift Current. Such a wonderful family.
My memories of Willie (Mr. Wong to me) were of a man who worked hard to support his family and took great pride in running his restaurant. Doug and I would drop in after golfing and we’d eat best Chinese food ever. Mr. Wong always come over and as others have said he would say hello and visit for a few minutes.
To Doug, Rick, Nancy and Mrs.Wong, your in my thoughts at this difficult time.

FROM THE FAMILY

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