Wah You "Bill" Fong

December 19, 1925August 24, 2020

Wah You “Bill” Fong, 95, left us on August 24th, 2020. He was born in a small village near Taishan County, Guangzhou China in December 1925. He fought against the Japanese when they invaded China, survived famine caused by the war, and fought against the Chinese communists.

He fled to the United States when the communists took over. Bill came to America with nothing and learned how to cook starting at his uncle Wing Won’s restaurant Wing’s Café in 1953 located at #6 Fremont Street inside the Overland Hotel. In 1963 he went to work at Fong’s Garden where he became the head cook and part owner.

He married Doris Skiles Fong in 1963. Together, they opened Shanghai Tea Room in 1977, a Chinese American restaurant located inside the Mayfair Drug Store at 15th & Fremont. They moved to the Huntridge Drug Store in 1987, and retired in 2006. Bill’s most popular dish was beef tomato chow mein with vinegar that many “old-timers” loved such as the late Judge Seymour Brown. His menu was uniquely Chinese-American with items such as traditional American meat loaf, old fashioned milkshakes, and pork fried rice.

Bill was kind, gentle, and giving. He never wanted anyone to be hungry because of his experience in the famine he survived and he commonly fed people who could not pay for their meal. He loved spending his time off with his family. Bill is survived by Marilie Auger, Michaela Fong-Adams, Marenda Mariano, William Fong, Jerry Rector, Alvin Rector, Cathy Riccio, Debbie Bradley, 9 grand children, and 12 great grand children.

Funeral Services will be held on September 18th 2020 at Palm Mortuary 1325 N. Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Public viewing is from 11am – 2pm and the funeral service is at 2pm.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020


Wah You "Bill" Fong

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Steve and Marianne Lightle Family

September 17, 2020

A very kind human being. An inspiration and a truly good person. A loving husband, and father and friend. The world has lost a gem. May you feast at the table of our Lord, until we meet again! Love to all.

Steven Seward

September 11, 2020

Bill, as a lil boy my mom would put my Lil suit on me and I would catch the bus to go to church where your lovely young wife shared with me to the story’s of the Bible and the joy that it offers to us who Believe.
She and my mom became fast friends and we loved to go have Dinner at your place.
You have left an amazing footprint here on earth and I have faith you will Rest In Peace.
My Sunday School Teacher told me all about it.

Victoria Childs

September 10, 2020

I was your 1st Grand daughter,Your white devil. We had the best memories together. Especially when I was a teenager at the restaurant. It's was us against the world. You were the best grandpa ever and will forever be missed. Life will never be the same. I love you forever grandpa til we meet again!!!

Travis Edwards

August 30, 2020

Mr. Fong was so generous with his eggs, even making me a ten-egg omelet from time to time! He was always smiling and loved to tell stories of days gone by. Las Vegas is a darker place without his presence.

donn blake

August 30, 2020

We were so very fortunate, that no matter what we had troubling us on any particular day, we could slip into a booth,and know we would be greeted by Bill, with a huge smile, that would make us feel at home and welcome. We might be having a rough day, but not Bill . He was a Rock,and we never knew if he was having a bad day, because he was old School. Thank you Bill. You were loved by many,and forgotten by none.

Mac Reynolds

August 30, 2020

My dad had been taking me and my seven brothers to the Huntridge Restaurant for almost two decades before it closed. Every single time we walked in, Bill would greet us like old friends. I just heard the news tonight, and only hours earlier I was at my Dad's house cooking Bill's "special rubber noodles" for his birthday using the recipe from Doris and Bill's book. We spent some time today reminiscing about the memories our family has shared thanks to Bill and the whole family. His legacy will never be forgotten in our family, and we all send our love and prayers.


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