Saturday, December 15, 2007

OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES

MR CLEMENT FONG

Passed away today (Dec 15, 2007) at 3.15pm. Remains at Ipoh Garden Catholic Church (Our Mother of Perpetual Help). Funeral on Monday at 10am. Michaelians, do come and pay your last respects.

Note: Mr Clement Fong first came to St Michael's in 1968, when Brother Paul was principal. His job was mainly confined to the library. For the last few years, he helped out with the Old Michaelians Association newsletters by distributing them to members all over the country.
He had spent nearly 40 years of his life here and regarded by many a model of zeal for all Michaelians.

For details, do call Mr Adrian Tsen at 012-5089191.

Those who know Mr Clement perhaps would like to drop a few lines "under comments" of this blog as we intend to publish them in the school magazine in memory of him.

5 comments:

Peter Khiew said...

Mr Liew, the school band master is mobilising the members of Michaelian Military Band (MMB) to accompany the funeral procession on Monday. He is currently contacting them desperately as many are away for a competition in Kuala Lumpur. Those who are still in Ipoh are trying to form a team to play funeral songs during the procession. Only a handful can be reached. Readers of the blog who know of any MMB members, ask them to call Mr Liew at 016-5414767 urgently.

KinTung said...

As usual I visited this blog twice a day...
I was terribly shocked when i saw this particular post regarding of Mr Clement.
I was saddened.
I still remembered that he was the one who handed me the Old Michaelian's Association's membership form. As in my 13 years in SMI, I do know that Mr Clement has been a very fatherly, friendly and helpful person all the time. He will assist everyone who comes to him whenever he sits at the counter of the school office.
He loves St.Michael's and spent his time at the office and especially for the OMA.
I hope that all of the staffs in St.Michael's will take Mr.Clement as a role model to in line with the ideals of Faith, Zeal & Community.
St.Michael's creates leaders for the generations, and Mr Clement is a 'leader' of this institution in a very special way.

Peter Khiew said...

Thank you, Kin Tung for the meaningful words. Yes, Mr Clement was a man of few words but his presence created the impact to those who had the opportunity to know him.
The school will mobilise a 21-member team of MMB members to the church for the funeral procession. They will be there at 9am. Michaelians are expected to be at the church to pay their last respects to a man many will remember for a long time.
For direction to the church, call Mr Adrian Tsen at 012-5089191.

Henry Yew said...

I am sorry that I could not attend the funeral procession as I was on my way back from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the morning. Upon reaching home, I visited this blog only to find the sad news of Mr. Fong's demise, and that I am already a few hours late.

Mr. Fong, throughout his years in SMI and as far as I could remember him, has been a very friendly, soft-spoken person whom every teacher adores. Seen very often in the school office as well as the library, his passion and love for the school had never died off.

Personally I remember him as a very fatherly figure whose shuffling walk had always caught my eyes. I remember thinking to myself that Mr. Fong should rest at home; his legs were not that strong anymore. However what marvelled me was that despite the seemingly weak in the legs, he was able to walk from the office to the library and down again quite frequently, sometimes carrying something in his hands as I observed him from afar. Never had I seen anyone helping him out, nor never had I heard him asking for help. Perhaps it is his way of doing things (or perhaps our Michaelians are not that helpful? Food for thought).

Nevertheless, all staff of SMI have held him with great reverence and love. He will indeed be sorely missed.

Requiescat in pace, Mr. Clement Fong.

Henry Yew said...

Oops, Mr. Khiew. I can't believe that I am making such an error in my English.

I wrote, "Never had I seen anyone helping him out, nor never had I heard him asking for help. Perhaps it is his way of doing things (or perhaps our Michaelians are not that helpful? Food for thought)."

It should have read, "Never had I seen anyone helping him out, nor ever had I heard him asking for help. Perhaps it is his way of doing things (or perhaps our Michaelians are not that helpful? Food for thought)."

"Nor never" would make my statements sound contradictory. Being educated in St. Michael's for such a long time, and being so particular about the use of words and spelling, it is quite hard for me to believe that I have committed such a "language crime".

A thousand apologies.