(March 20 1941 December 30 2017)
Hong, Melvin Gordon Born on March 20, 1941 and passed peacefully in the loving embrace of his children on December 30, 2017. Aged 76 years.
Guide, Leader, Trainer, Teacher, Principal, Mentor, Friend and Father…Mel Hong is all of these. He taught so many people valuable lessons to take through life, but above all, he taught his children to love, and love with all our hearts.
Predeceased by his loving wife of 40 years, Sheila Hong, and his wonderful mother and father, Fronie and Charles Hong. Left to remember his pure goodness of heart are his 4 children: Blair Hong (Andrea Power), Janet Hong (James Camsell), Dahna Hong (Brad Meaney), Valerie Hong (Jason LeClair). Also left are the treasures of his life, his 3 grandchildren: Leigha, Jesse and Shayla. Mourning his loss are his siblings: Bill Matthews (Carol), Orv Matthews (Sandra), Don Hong (Anna), Cliff Hong (Roslyn), Ed Hong (Anne) and sister Rose Nieves (Felix), and “brother from another mother” Tom Furlong, as well as a large extended family. Mel leaves behind so many people his life touched over his years (and to his many, many friends, you have touched his life too) as a principal, teacher, councillor and friend.
Mel believed in the goodness of everyone he met, and encouraged us to see these same qualities in everyone we crossed paths with. He challenged authority, despite being known as the authoritarian himself for many years. Mel had a mischievous side that not everyone knew about, and he loved to laugh at the baddest of jokes. One of the great joys of his life was seeing the students under his guidance blossom into strong and independent thinkers, who could be proud of their achievements, despite at times their shaky starts in life. Mel lived a rich and full life and always gave the utmost of himself to anyone he met, yet never lost his humble nature.
Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors at Caul’s Funeral Home, 84 Lemarchant Road on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5,2018 from Corpus Christi Church with inurnment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your favourite charity ….. as Dad would say, “I don’t want to leave anybody out”
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