Kok Shan Wong
January 26, 1937 – July 24, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend, Kok Shan “Derek” Wong. Born in China on January 26, 1937 to parents Lung Kong and Sue Sam and passing away in Vancouver on July 24, 2020, at the age of 83. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Lyne, sons Wayne (Estell) and Andy (Carolyn) and granddaughter Jaelyn as well as all the wonderful friends he met living in Nakusp. Derek first came to Canada when he was just 15 yrs old. He worked as a dishwasher but trained on the wok at the Silver Grill restaurant in Kamloops. His goal was to earn enough money to go back to China to woo Lyne into marrying and joining him in Canada. After a year of letters and phone calls, she finally agreed. They were married in 1968 and had two sons, Wayne and Andy. After completing his training, he decided to strike out on his own and moved his family to Nakusp in 1973 and opened the Dumont Restaurant and then the Manor Restaurant in 1986. He sold the business in 2003 and retired to Vancouver to be closer to family and friends. We estimate that over the course of 30 years, he had served close to a million guests. Quite amazing in a village the size of Nakusp. Although he loved owning a restaurant, nothing brought him as much joy as being a grandpa. Moving to the coast allowed him to spend everyday with Jaelyn as she grew up and he loved every minute of it. Retirement also brought a lot of Majhong games and Dim Sum with friends and when he wasn’t busy eating or gambling, he could be found tending to his backyard garden. He would always sport a huge smile when we would relay to him that during our visits back, the locals would say how much they missed him and wished that he would come back. We know he will always have a special place in his heart for the people of Nakusp. The family would like to thank his amazing caregivers at VGH and GF Strong who treated him like family and offered such incredible support during a very difficult time. Due to COVID 19, a limited Service will held at Coast Hotel Kamloops on August 01 in Ballroom A from 10-12pm with a Funeral Service to follow at 12:30pm and a procession to the City Cemetery for burial. This will be a family event and if you wish to send condolences to the family, we encourage you to visit www.schoeningfuneralservice.com or gather at a distance at the cemetery at 2pm to show your support. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the charity of Dad’s favourite hockey team, Canuck Place.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Kok Shan Wong
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Bill & Marnie Cuthill
July 29, 2020
Lyne, Wayne, Andy & Families:
We were so very sorry to hear of Derek's passing. He was devoted to his family and we can only imagine how much you're all going to miss him. Know that we are thinking of you at this sad time and send our most heartfelt condolences.
July 27, 2020
With deepest sympathy.
Our condolences to your family.
We will all miss him dearly.
Elsie & George
July 26, 2020
Lynn, Wayne, Andy and Family:
Words can not describe how upset I was to learn of Dereks passing. As you all know it’s always hard to hear when someone passes in a small town as you always know them and their family. In this instance it was particularly hard as your family was very much a second family to me. I will always fondly remember my time working at the restaurant. I’ll never forget your grandmother always calling me “boy” and shaking bags of onions and frozen prawns for me to peel, my eyes watering and my fingers raw doing both. You Dad always checking in on me, smiling, laughing and complimenting me for “working hard” (and telling me not to cry so much (damn onions)). One of my fondest memories was when Derek had a large pot of soup boiling on the stove and when I lifted the lid to look in found a very odd concoction of meat (later I learned to be bear). When I asked Derek what it was he very seriously looked at me and asked if I’d seen my dog lately then proceeded to burst out in laughter (most likely from the look on my face) and flashed that heart warming smile of his. Good times and great memories! I have never met as hard working a man as him. I remember him being at the restaurant long after closing doing the books and getting orders together and then back again in the morning for breakfast. I attribute much of my own work ethic to his work example. As you all know despite his passion for the restaurant his first love and commitment was always to his family. He was a GREAT man who’s talent, passion, commitment and love has touched and shaped many of our lives. I wish I could attend the funeral to show my respects but unfortunately I have other commitments. Please know that my heart is heavy and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences to you all.
July 24, 2020
Wayne, Estell, Lyne, Andy, Carolyn and Jaelyn. Our deepest condolences in the loss of your dad, husband and grandfather. Our hearts break for each of you. Sending many hugs and know, we are thinking of you at this time.