August 11, 1928 – April 22, 2021
Tat Kwan Cheung, age 92, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2021. He was born in Macao on August 11, 1928. He attended Aviation School but had to give it up to attend the family run business. He was very active in his younger years. He loved motorcycling, biking, swimming as well as skating. He prided himself as one of the best skaters in those days. He also claimed to be the valentino of the late 40’s with all the girls eyeing him. Kwan took up kung fu and became one of the loyal and best disciples of his “Si Fu” master. Aside from all those physical pursuits, he was also very conscious in keeping his mind active. He was an avid Chinese Chess player, spent hours playing and competing. He won numerous chess championships.
Kwan got married, had a couple of children, divorced, and moved to Hong Kong in the mid 50’s and started working at a Dutch shipping company, Nedlloyd Fleet Services (HK) Ltd. He started as an Accounting Clerk and was promoted to Chief Clerk with his own parking space. He bragged even his boss didn’t have a dedicated parking spot. Being one of the senior and experienced supervisors, he helped improve the accounting systems in the company as well as training numerous staff members in the department. It was here where he met his current wife, Louise, and happily married in 1960. He stayed with the shipping company for 31 years until he retired in 1987.
Kwan was a family man and very loyal to the CHEUNG’s and adamant in maintaining the CHEUNG Family Honor. This was very important to him. He was very caring and supportive of his older brother and his brother’s large family, 7 children in total. In order to support this large extended family, he took on extra jobs in the evenings and weekends He worked as a driving instructor and also as an auxiliary police. He attained the No. 4 driving instructor license which was quite prestigious in those days. Despite the extra work, he was very proud to be part of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force. He was later certified and granted Associate membership of the Hong Kong Section of the International Police Association in 1964.
After retirement from Nedlloyd and the Auxiliary Police force, he and his wife moved to Vancouver in Canada to join his two daughters and became citizens in 1991. Being an elder and supporter of the CHEUNG’S family, he was invited and travelled to the US, Eastern Canada, Australia, Shanghai and back to Hong Kong and Macao visiting and attending weddings of his brother’s and sister’s children, who are now residing in different parts of the world. His brother’s children stayed in close contact with their “Ah Suk”, as they called him, to show their appreciation for his support during their younger years.
Kwan was a true philanthropist, always contributing and putting other people’s needs first. He was a man with not so many words but quite witty when he spoke. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Ina and Sophia, sons-in-laws Calvin and Vince, god-daughter Linda, and 8 nieces and nephews and their families, sister-in-law and her husband and their 5 children and families.
Kwan will surely be missed by all of us and he will always remain in our hearts.
A pre-cremation memorial service was held on April 29,2021. Request was made to donate to the Richmond Hospital Foundation in BC.and or the BC Cancer Foundation, in lieu of flowers. Both Kwan and his wife Louise have requested a sea burial which will take place at a later day.
In lieu of flowers, request was made to donate to the Richmond Hospital Foundation in BC.and or the BC Cancer Foundation, in Kwan's memory.