Bing Poy Wong passed away peacefully on April 20, 2017, in San Francisco at the age of 93. He was born in Canton, China, on December 24, 1923, to Yuke Wai Wong and Gee Jung Hai. At age 19, he arrived in San Francisco and began work at a laundry service with his father. He later became a machinist, eventually spending 35 years at his trade. His passions, however, were his family and Chinese music.
Bing was a member of a Chinese Opera symphonic band for over 65 years, playing primarily the saxophone and percussion, but also any number of Chinese instruments. The band played for major Chinese Opera groups that toured nationally. His musical group also worked regularly as the house band for a number organizations in Chinatown. On any given evening or weekend, you could find him at his music club, Que Gee (currently on Waverly Alley in Chinatown), where he served as its President for a number of years. He spent countless hours there jamming with fellow band members, playing an intense round of mah jongg, or just socializing with friends. He’s contributed his time, talent, and treasure to the very end, even when it became difficult for him to travel on his own. Family was also a priority for Bing. Whether traveling on vacations or sitting down to the frequent extended-family dinners, he always spent the time to check in on each family member. He was supportive of their endeavors, no matter how far it deviated from his own conventional Chinese viewpoint. He especially doted on his grand- and great-grandchildren, and was always ready with the lei see (traditional red envelopes) during the holidays and special occasions.
Bing was not without his quirks, but was always able to laugh at himself. He very often put a 2nd pair of eyeglasses over his first pair when required to read. He always carried two wallets -- one with smaller denominations, and a second hidden wallet with bigger bills. He was exacting in the order in which restaurants should serve dishes and equally exacting about the order in which family members received red envelopes. Bing is survived by sons Eric (Agnes), Michael (Stephanie), Gregory (Carol), and Benson, step-daughter Sara (Bob), grandchildren Vivian (Andrew), Tim (Aubrey), Kelcie, Nathan, Zachary, Jordan, Anita, their partners and families, and great-grandchildren Colin, Brooke, Caleb and Elijah. He is also survived by an extensive Canadian family of his sister Ellen Mah (David), brother Stanley (Betty), nephews Tony (Holly), Harry (Julie), Hugh (Michelle), Raymond, Gary (Sara), Terry (Anthea), nieces Helen, Susan (AJ), and their families.
A service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:30AM at the Green Street Mortuary in San Francisco. A luncheon to celebrate Bing’s life will be held immediately following the service.
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