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Pacific Beach – La Jolla Chapel

4710 Cass Street, San Diego, CA

OBITUARY

Alan Shiu Kai Wong

June 22, 1937June 18, 2020
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Alan Shiu Kai Wong, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at his home on June 18, 2020. He was eighty-two years old.

Alan was born in Hong Kong on June 22, 1937 to Wong Yue Choi and Lui Chui Tin. He spent his younger years in Hong Kong, and graduated from Wah Yan College, a prestigious Jesuit boy’s secondary school, in 1955.

After graduating from Wah Yan College, Alan came to California to attend the University of Southern California to study engineering. While Alan was a college student, he met the love of his life, Rachel. Rachel and Alan were married in 1960.

Alan was a biomedical engineer, who used his talents in math and design to develop many life-saving biomedical devices. He holds six patents for medical equipment. Among his biggest accomplishments, Alan developed the Holter heart monitor with Dr. Norman Jefferis Holter and designed an IVAC infusion pump.

Later in life, Alan and his wife Rachel decided to set out on a new journey as McDonald’s owner-operators. Alan and Rachel operated multiple McDonald’s restaurants in the Bay Area, including at one time, the McDonald’s in Chinatown, San Francisco. Operating the restaurants became Alan’s new passion, and he always decorated his restaurants with pictures of his family. Alan always saved the best Happy Meal toys for his grandchildren.

Alan is survived by his wife, Rachel Murguia Wong; his children Lisa Soqui-Wong, Alana Wong Robinson, Joseph Wong, and Mariam Denny; and his twelve grandchildren. Alan’s family will always remember him for his integrity, generosity, and selfless love.

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Eric Yabu

July 2, 2020

Best wishes and heartfelt condolences to the entire Wong Family. I will always remember and treasure the fun evening we had in Maui on Christmas Eve 2018. I really enjoyed seeing my mom with your parents.

Lily Liu

June 29, 2020

I came t o America from Hong Kong a young and ignorant girl, Rachel and Alan picked me up at the San Francisco pier and helped me to navigate and settle in this new land. Alan introduced me to my first grilled cheese sandwich and my first juicy, bloody medium raw steak. Those are still my favorite food. Though out the years, although we do not always stay in the same state, it is a comfort to know that I have a big brother only a phone call away. My father might never say it out loud, I know he was very proud of Alan, and my mother, she was happy whenever Alan was happy. I deeply appreciate that Alan and Jo came to visit when Richard passed away. We will miss Alan's kind and gentle face, but his love will always stay in our hearts. Lily Liu

Larry Spaeter

June 29, 2020

Rachel and Family,
So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Robert de la Vara and Larry Spaeter

Harris Liu

June 23, 2020

I've had a chance this past year to develop a closer relationship with Alan's son, Joseph this past year. Joseph would often tell me about his time with his dad. How Alan would regularly ground him (not like a little kid who was naughty) on what mattered about the McDonald's business and life.

Alan leaves a great legacy through his son and grand kids. Will miss his humble and friendly presence. Loving wishes to the entire Wong family.

Harris and Mary Liu

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