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George Emmanuel Wong

March 16, 1941September 26, 2021
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George Emmanuel Wong, 80, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on September 26, 2021, after a recent metastatic cancer diagnosis. George died peacefully at home with his wife of 53 years and his children and grandchildren at his side.

Although he resided in Las Vegas for 41 years, George's heart belonged to Seychelles, his birth country. George was born on March 16, 1941, on La-Digue island, population 1,500. He was the fourth child out of twelve siblings.

George attended Seychelles College, a Catholic boarding school on the main island, Mahe. There he excelled in education and sports. In 1959, he sat for the Cambridge O-level exam, and soon after, attended the Police Academy in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1963, George graduated from Hendon Police College in London. After graduating, he spent seven years in the Seychelles Police force.

In 1967, George left the police force to join a political movement that strongly advocated Seychelles independence from England and a stronger safety net for Seychellois who had suffered inequalities during colonization. His political career was short-lived as he and the party he was affiliated with lost in the election in 1976. George's fairness and human decency were tested when the party he was once affiliated with took the country by force in a coup d’état on June 5, 1977. His outspokenness of their policies landed him in prison for three weeks in 1978. The condition of his release was that he would have to leave the country because the regime in power deemed him a threat "to national security."

With the help of the American Embassy, and his mother-in-law sponsoring the family, George, his wife Lindy, and their five daughters landed in Las Vegas on September 13, 1980. He worked for Teamsters #631 until he retired in 2012. George was passionate about cooking, preparing a nightly feast for the family after a long day of working. His cuisine over the years served as a central point of gathering for friends and family. He and Lindy shared a passion for gardening, he tended to the fruits and vegetables, and Lindy the flowers. Since childhood, he was a voracious reader of books and consumer of news. He loved to engage in conversations about current affairs and many times stating his opinion as fact. George also loved to play table poker and mahjong.

Over the years, traveling to Seychelles for his family reunion and visiting friends rejuvenated his soul and spirit. The old stories told countless of times and even embellished by the storytellers would spark tremendous joy.

George is survived by his wife, Lindy Wong, and daughters, Karin Wong, Hazel Wong, Pamela Wong, Carol O'Connor, and Lynn Kirk. His three granddaughters; Zehra and Zoe Cheatham, Ashlyn O'Connor, grandsons, Billy O'Connor, and Brady and Ryan Kirk. His five sisters: Anita Hoareau, Josuane Duckworth, Marguerite Mancienne, Peggy Vidot, and Nella Mussard; four brothers; Yvon, Phillipe, Ronald, and Tony Wong, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Alfrelia Wong; Father, Napoleon Wong; brother Gerald Wong and sister; Yvonne Choppy.

A visitation for George will be held Friday, October 15, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary, 7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89129. A funeral service will occur Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary.

Contributions in George's memory may be made to Three Square, https://www.threesquare.org/.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmcheyenne.com for the Wong family.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Angelique Connolly

October 16, 2021

A special message for Tante Lindy and my darling cousins. Words cannot ease the heartbreak but please know that we are here for you, with you in spirit and ton George lives on in each of you always. Treasure the memories as they are powerful healers with time. Thinking of you all all x

Angelique Connolly

October 16, 2021

My main memories of Uncle George involve ardent political debates and wonderful story telling, all fuelled by incredible culinary delights that he had spent hours preparing and of course a few drinks to go hand. He was one of life's natural raconteurs and his stories will remain with us forever. You will be truly missed. Rest in peace- Angelique, Howard, Luca and Calum x

Yvon Wong

October 16, 2021

Mr dear brother was was also my friend. He had a personality that shone and whenever I would see a crowd gathered round I would know that George would be in the centre telling his stories. He was also a very kind and generous man who would give up his own time to help or be with others. I have fond memories of 1966 when I had 2 months holiday from the army and he and I hung out. We had so much fun. We had some great times and I will miss him terribly. Until we meet again my dear brother.
To Lindy and my wonderful nieces our thoughts are with you all. May God guide you during this difficult time

Jill Pillay

October 16, 2021

George you have been a family member for a long time in the police and by marriage. Will miss your 'blagues', your wonderful infectious laughter and great sense of humour and so much more.
Rest in peace enveloped by the love of Christ. Lindy thinking of you and the children.
Jill and Joyce x

Lamont Hicks

October 15, 2021

George was a man’s man who always loved to enjoy good food and conversation. He always opened his home to many and would feed you and treat you like his own. He loves to share his wealth of knowledge and loved good debates. I enjoyed learning and talking to him whenever I could and he will be missed! You are gone but definitely not forgotten! Your friend Lamont or as you called me Monty :)

Sarah Bunten

October 14, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the Wong family. George you always have welcomed me in your home for all the gatherings. I want to thank you for all the great Seychellois food you cooked for me. I enjoyed being with you and Lindy and your gorgeous daughters. Today with a heavy heart😢😢😢😢😢 I’m saying my goodbyes to you. You will always have a special place in my heart. RIP my friend. Love you all.

Debra Gobine

October 12, 2021

God in his Wisdom called you home. Rest in Peace in our Lord eternal rest George.
Lindy and family may your mourning be filled with memories of all the wonderful and joyous moments you shared together.

Nanette Esparon

October 12, 2021

Our dearest Lindy, my dearest god-daughter Carol, Karin my sweet friend, Hazel, Pamela and Lynn -- dad, mum, Philippe and I are all so struggling to find words to express the enormous sadness and helplessness we are feeling at the news of George's passing. These past days we have been completely numb with the mind, heart and soul all in disarray. Emotions have been so mixed with moments full of tears; deep chagrin; followed by wonderful memories of George's lovely smile; his chuckles; his positivity; his generosity; his happiness; his values; his charisma and his pride of his five beautiful daughters and wife. For me, one of George's most endearing qualities was how he made the tiniest of people feel special. As children, my brother John and I would accompany our parents to pay visits to George and Lindy -- what amazed and impressed us was how George was interested in us as he would always talk to us and made sure that we had something to eat and drink. May he rest forever in the everlasting embrace of our Mother Mary in Heaven. By God George you will be forever missed!

Autumn and Andrew Youmans

October 10, 2021

Peace be with you Lindy and Wong Sisters. The Youmans send our deepest condolences. Although we didn't get to spend a lot of time with George, we can say that we remember his cooking throughout special events with the Wong Family. It truly has been a blessing building friendships with Karin, Hazel, Pam, Carol and Lynn. George and Lindy have raised amazing, caring, strong , funny and ambitious daughters. His legacy will forever live through them. It has been honor getting to know about George through his children stories and experiences. We look forward to hearing more stories about the Great George Wong. We love you guys! XOXOXOXOXO

Rezana Hardemon

October 7, 2021

The Suleman family sends their condolences and may his soul rest in peace...may God gives the family strength during this difficult time...

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