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Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary

8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks, CA

OBITUARY

Augusto Lim Sy M.D.

August 29, 1943February 13, 2020
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It is with a heavy heart that the family of Augusto Lim Sy who was also known by his Chinese name “Sy Chu Kok”, announces his sudden passing, on February 13, 2020, at the age of 76. Augusto will be forever remembered by his wife, Virginia, his two sons, Albert (Lilybeth), Patrick (Kathleen), his grandchildren Rigel, Jadon, Skyla, Izaac and Raelyn, his surviving brothers and sisters Sy Le Na, Sy Chu Eng, Sy Chu Tek, Sy Chu Guan, Sy Le Hua, and Sy Le Tin, close friends, and his vast extended family.

Born in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines to Sy Tiong An and Lim Kee Siu in 1943, he lived his early life as a boy collecting stamps and coins from around the world, fishing, playing billiards and reading books. He attended Lanao Chung Hua School (Class of 1962) for his primary and high school years and was quoted by the family to be always serious about his studies.

Augusto went on to live a life filled with accolades. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Pre-medicine at the Cebu Institute of Technology and his doctorate in medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. He immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s to complete multiple fellowships and residency programs, one most notably at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

During the time he spent pursuing his medical career in the United States, he also joined and served as a doctor in the Army reserves from 1983 to 1993. He achieved the officer rank of Major in the United States Army. He worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, California State Prison Solano in Vacaville, California, and multiple private practice clinics throughout Northern California.

Augusto cherished the time he spent with his friends and family, often spending hours with them in deep conversation about politics and current events, constantly sending obscure but appreciated articles over social media, eating out at restaurants, traveling the world with his wife Virginia, being a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Augusto Sy lived a full life and will be dearly missed.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 25, 2020
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Memories

Augusto Lim Sy M.D.

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Albert Sy

February 26, 2020

Since I am from the Philippines, I only got in touch with my 6ku when I turned 13. From the 1st time we met, I will never forget how he treated me and Ahia Cromwell to a famous Crab house in Chinatown. Since then, I have developed a bond with my Uncle. He was one who engaged me with deep questions to draw out my thoughts... Though our time together was rare, I always choose to sit down and chat with him when he was in the Philippines. He was such a delight to be with... His wit didn't intimidate me, he was pleasant and funny at the same time... I never thought he'd go this soon... It was a heavy blow on me to hear about his passing as I was expecting to see him again soon this year. I would have loved to talk some more with him... A whole night at the Sy Family gathering may be... And I'd like to chat and engage with him till morning... I will miss those talks... But this is how it is here... Nothing lasts. I look forward to being reunited with him and Ang Kong where we will have eternity to talk about man's weakness and God's grace. Thank you 6ku for being a great Uncle to me... I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Micheal Lim
Cebu City, Philippines

Albert Sy

February 26, 2020

Growing up we have always looked up to 6-chek. Being the youngest among the uncles, he was the easiest to relate to. He was always ready to give Melodee and I sound advice, from health to business to different family matters.
His wit and sense of humor never fail to light up any family gathering and reunion. Our 3 kids love 6-check kong as well. He always took time to converse with them and ask them questions about school and sports and again always eager to give them the best advice. We always look forward to his visits to the Philippines and we were privileged to have him stay over the house in many of his visits. Those times were precious moments of catching up and mentorship from a great uncle like 6-check. 6-check will forever be missed in our hearts. We will remember all the happy times we have spent together. You may not be able to attend our 2021 Sy Warriors grand reunion that you have excitedly planned out with us, but we look forward to our grand reunion in heaven one day. No goodbyes, only see you soon.

Brandon Sy
Cebu City, Philippines

Albert Sy

February 26, 2020

To my beloved Lak Chek❤️

I was 12 years old when I visited USA for the 1st time with AhUm Lilia Sy and cousins. Lak Chek and Lak Chim welcomed us in their lovely home. Lak Chek took us on a shopping spree and toured us around the area Sacramento. Lak Chek and Lak Chim even taught me how to cook steam chicken with Chinese sausages and dried mushrooms. This wonderful memory and the yummy recipe is still with me and in my heart until now. Lak Chek chatted me in viber and messenger to keep in touch. The love and care of an
uncle is always there even if he is in USA and me in Manila.
Lak Chek we will surely miss you.
Thank you so much for the love.

Love always,
Joy

Albert Sy

February 26, 2020

There is beauty and promise in so many things if we are open to it. Let’s be thankful that even in our darkest moments if we try to see the light there is promise in this as well. In times of sorrow and sadness at this very moment with the passing of our dearest uncle August Sy Chu kok. Let us all be reminded that he is now resting with our Lord. He is now with his brothers Sy Chu An who is my father, Sy Chu Pin our second uncle and with our grandparents, Angkong and Ama among others. While we are left behind and living, experiencing the days of sadness of our loss. Let us focus in the light of this matter. Rom 8:28 for in All things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose. For Christ is our life and He is also our hope of glory. Our life and journey on this earth is just temporary but we look away unto Jesus Christ who died that we may live. I also would like to quote Rom 8:37-39 But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us For I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor things present nor things to come nor power nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Our dearest lak chim we are here for you,our dearest cousins Albert and Patrick and your families, though your father has left us behind we have to remember it is his desire that we as family should stay connected. May the love of God, the grace of Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of us.

Sy Le Hua
Cebu City Philippines

Albert Sy

February 26, 2020

The news of losing a brother far from home is more likely devastating than losing him here amidst with us in the Philippines.

Chukok is my younger brother. He was always of vigor and intellectually gifted than most of us siblings. However, Chukok never imposed that on us. He was so simple, modest and kind-hearted.

Chukok reminds me of the verse from the Bible in Romans 14:8 where it says, "If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." This gave me great comfort and assurance that Chukok's life is with the Lord.

To Virgie, Albert, Patrick, everyone and most especially the grandkids may you all find the same comfort and assurance that this verse provides. Stay on the course and be loving and understanding to one another. That's what Chukok would have wanted.

Chukok, my little brother, we love you and you will always be remembered.

SY, CHU ENG "Ben"
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

LCHS SPECTRUM

February 21, 2020

Farewell to a Sy warrior, a loyal LCHS alumnus, a sincere friend, and consistent supporter of the SPECTRUM. Your memories will remain forever in our hearts.

George Lim

February 20, 2020

Dr.Augusto Sy was my classmate at Kong Hua School in Cagayan De Oro. Although we were not very close, I always remember him as a decent, friendly, respectful and hardworking person whom I truly respected. He was well liked by his classmates, friends and teachers. After graduation, we lost contact until only a few years back on FB. I must say I am totally impressed by his career achievements as a Doctor of Medicine. He had always wanted to be a doctor even in high school and his ambition and drive enabled him to achieve his dream as a doctor in America. He is the only member of our high school graduating class who became a doctor, a real impressive achievement by any measure.

Chukok, it was an honour to have met you and be one of your classmates. In our high school class, we were asked by our English teacher, the late Mr. Sabunod to learn this poem entitled “ The Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I would like to dedicate two of the stanzas to you which I think are very meaningful:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Goodbye my friend. Rest In Peace. Till we meet again.

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