OBITUARY

Thomas Tien Sun Kaung 江 天 笙

September 18, 1937June 16, 2019
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Thomas Tien Sun Kaung, 江 天 笙 , age 81, passed away from cancer on June 16, 2019 surrounded by family. Devoted husband of 54 years to Hue-lee (Cheng); loving father of Richard Kaung (Annie), and Marie Blossom (David); doting grandfather of Grace, Maxwell, Thomas and Katherine; dear brother of Tian Ling, Tian Zhen, Tian Lai, and the late Tian Yun; beloved cousin and uncle.

Born in Shanghai, China, he came to the US for college where he graduated from Southwestern University and received his graduate engineering degree from University of Iowa. He had a long and distinguished career as a financial executive in retail.

After retirement, he donated his time and efforts to the Ridgecliff Foundation, and the Cleveland Chinese Senior Citizen Association. He served as president for many years of the Ridgecliff Foundation whose mission was to provide grants to mental health or chemical dependency non-profit organizations.

Throughout his life, he firmly believed in giving back to society and to helping people in any way he could. With the help of his grandfather, who was the Methodist Bishop of Shanghai, China, he received a full scholarship at Southwestern University. He has thus created an enduring scholarship fund through Southwestern University to aid other foreign students, like he once was. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Bishop Kaung Scholarship fund at www.southwestern.edu/giving. Select one time gift, other designation to Bishop Kaung Fund. Alternatively, contributions can be mailed to Southwestern University, PO Box 770, Georgetown, TX 78627. Directed to the Bishop Kaung Fund.

He was passionate about his family and friends. His generosity, support and wisdom were felt by all those who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.

Funeral mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church 6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills, OH. 44040 on Monday, June 24th at 11:30am, and the family will receive friends and celebrate his life at Landerhaven 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH. 44124 on June 24th from 4-7pm. Interment will be private with family at Lakeview Cemetery.

  • DONATIONS

  • Bishop Kaung Scholarship
  • Southwestern University

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, June 24, 2019

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, June 24, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Interment

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John Joyce

June 24, 2019

My deepest Sympathy. He was an honest, fair, and caring individual. I have lost a good friend.

Larissa (Lam) Chiu

June 22, 2019

I will always remember Uncle Tom's smile and hospitality. I'm grateful I got to see him so many times in my life because he would be at every major family wedding, anniversary, birthday or funeral. I'm glad I spent a lot of time talking to him last year when my husband and I visited Cleveland. It was inspiring to hear about his career, commitment to family and how he served the community. I will always remember the wisdom he shared and generosity he showed me. He was well respected by so many people and he will truly be missed.

Tony Lam

June 21, 2019

Thomas was my wife’s first cousin. When we first got married I often heard Lydia mentioned Tien Sun Ge Ge (big brother Tom). Then over the years I have met Thomas in many occasions. He always showed up at relatives’ weddings, anniversaries, and funerals. He was very passionate, caring, thoughtful and generous. He especially cared for the elderly and young generations. My daughter Larissa is a singer, when ever she performs at Cleveland and near by cities, Thomas always so supportively came to her concerts. Lydia and I feel so bad that we are unable to come to Cleveland to pay our last respects to our beloved cousin Tom due to health conditions. Indeed, he will be greatly missed.j

Virginia Lum

June 20, 2019

My cousin Thomas took care of me when I attended Southwestern University in 1962. It was a short gathering because he graduated that year and moved to Iowa to pursue his graduated study in Iowa University. I remembered once he took me to a helicopter ride to view the whole city of Georgetown,Texas. He is kind and caring cousin. I cherish the fond memories. My cousin Thomas is always dear to my heart. I miss him. May God bless his family.

Tom Kolb

June 19, 2019

The word of Tom's passing was communicated via an email to a good number of Tom's former work associates from Cole National . The number of people who responded to that email with fond and kind words about Tom's generosity, kindness & stories about how Tom helped them with their careers was very touching. These memories are the true measure of the goodness of Tom. We were blessed to have him in our midst. Rest in peace Tom

constance koo

June 19, 2019

I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Cleveland to study harp performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2007. My Auntie Yolanda Koo told me I had an "Uncle Tom" who lived nearby and put me in touch with him and his wife. Though a distant relative, he was a source of support to me during my years in Cleveland - inviting me to spend weekend afternoons with him and Auntie Hue Li for lunch or dinner or to hang out at their neighborhood's pool, a nice break from the practice room! I referred to those visits as going to "Uncle Tom's cabin." My parents and I enjoyed connecting and getting to know both of them and I will never forget their generosity and care extended to me, especially when I first arrived to Ohio.

You are an inspiration to me to pursue excellence, and to care for others. Thank you, Uncle Tom.

Marcus Fang

June 18, 2019

Thomas was a junior when I came to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He was a caring big brother and our association had benefited me greatly. Helpful advice and trips to various cities and events come to mind, including the Texas State Fair and the long drive to New York City and the Catskill Mountains. An outstanding swimmer, Thomas was a hero to us GDI's (Goddam Independents); he routinely swept the swimming meets as a member of the GDI "fraternity". Constance and I harbor fond memories of our two visits with him and Hue-Lee, once in Minneapolis and once in Cleveland. We had planned to visit him next month when we drive to Stevens Point, WI and are saddened that it is not to be. We shall miss Elder Brother but are grateful that our paths have crossed.

Caroline Kaung Koo

June 18, 2019

I got to know "Uncle" Thomas when he lived in Dallas for a short time. It was great to see him reconnect with his uncle, my grandfather. They went on road trips together. At one time, my parents were out of town, so he and Grandfather Kaung took my brother and me around Dallas that included a museum visit. He was the adventurous uncle. Later, when I was a college student in Rochester, NY, he did my taxes, because my family were out of the country. He was known to my family as the tall and strong uncle. I know he will be greatly missed, and he'll always be special to the Kaung family.

Jeff Cole

June 18, 2019

Tom Was a great business associate, smart and loyal . We became good friends . We spent endless hours together solving problems and creating opportunities. Also eating Chinese food . Even skiing out west once
He was kind , honorable and generous and was proud of his accomplishments and of his family .

He made tremendous contributions to Cole National . He stood ready to meet any challenge . He provided strength and support for all of us

Jeff Cole

Tom Kolb

June 18, 2019

I worked for Tom at Cole National in the Corporate office - Tom was a very good man - patient, caring & smart. I learned much from Tom. He will be missed, a man as good as Tom is hard to find.

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