Hang Sing Tong
Hang Sing Tong, our precious husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and son fell asleep at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday July 8, 2013.
Hang Sing Tong was born on September 6, 1947 in Hong Kong to mother Suet Wei Cheung and father Kai Wah Tong. With his parents and older brother Shung Dak Sun (Peter Sun), they moved to Macau, where Hang was raised with his two younger brothers, Shun Sing Tong (Gabriel Tong) and Lin Sing Tong (Paul Tong). In 1965, Hang came by ship to the United States to attend college in Portland, Oregon. He later transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology. Following graduation from UCLA, Hang relocated to Idaho to begin pharmacy school at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He graduated with a Master's degree in Pharmacology. Shortly thereafter, he launched a successful career of nearly 40 years working as a pharmacy manager and staff-level pharmacist in the retail pharmacy business, a career in which he took great pride, attention, and compassion. This won him several awards, recognitions, and lifetime friendships.
While doing his rotation for pharmacy school at ISU he met the love of his life and soul mate, Ava Papp. They were married two years later and remained inseparable for 37 more. While married, they had five children: Renae, Andrew, Elaine, Leah, and Sylvia, all of whom he loved and adored and sacrificed everything for. During his marriage to Ava, Hang became a Jehovah's Witness. Together, with his wife Ava, they raised their children according to Bible principles. With his family, Hang lived a faithful and satisfying life. He took great joy in sharing his faith with others, especially the Bible's promise of everlasting life in a Paradise earth that burned bright in his heart to his final breath.
Though at times a reserved and quiet man, Hang loved and sacrificed tremendously for his family and continually placed the interests of others ahead of his own, providing well for all of his loved ones. This won him great respect and endeared many of those closest to Hang, and exerted a powerful positive influence on many others around the world who had the privilege of knowing and experiencing his generosity, hospitality, and kindness. Through his selfless acts and kindness, it was as if at the end of every day, these actions would speak, "What else can I do for you?"
Hang also led an active and healthy life as an avid runner. Each year for 14 years he would look forward to and train to compete in the Race to Robie Creek. After crossing the finish line of each race, he would collect his Race to Robie Creek t-shirt to treasure as his own personal trophy and wear with pride!
In his leisure time, Hang enjoyed gardening with his dear wife Ava. Through years of hard work and dedication, together they grew a beautiful and lush garden, a living oasis of nature. Hang also enjoyed cooking foods on his famous grill and watching several cooking shows on public television, especially Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook!
Among his fondest memories and past times with his family was traveling and spending summer vacations across the world from St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean to Disneyland. Back at home, he enjoyed playing basketball and soccer with his children, playing games with his grandsons, and was an excellent and renowned dancer, from the days of his youthful vigor in Hong Kong to the joyous weddings of his daughters, Renae and Elaine. Hang could really "do the twist," especially to the beat of the Beatles, one of his all-time favorite bands! In his private time, Hang would often spend growing close with his beloved wife Ava, whom he dearly termed "Vivi". Each year of their anniversary was a very special occasion that was celebrated even with his children. Hang was also surrounded by the loyalty and companionship of his pets: His dog, Woogie, and cats, Monsie, Cleo, and Zoe, one of whom he raised and bottle-fed since she was a newborn kitten.
A tragedy befell dear Hang during one of his family vacations in July 2009, when he was diagnosed with an advanced stage of multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer. For four years through much pain and endurance, while valiantly battling the disease, both his determination to survive and his selflessness in working to take care of and provide for his family remained strong to his final breath. Even while in pain, he could still smile, show his generosity and hospitality to others, and even crack an occasional joke.
In the early morning hours on July 8, 2013 Hang fell asleep in death. Before his death, Hang said his faith and his family were his true love and treasures. Dear Dad, you are also our love and treasure! And while we miss you, this is not our good-bye. We all look forward to seeing you again soon.
Hang Sing Tong is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Ava, daughter Renae (Scott), son Andrew, daughter Elaine (Daren), daughter Leah, daughter Sylvia, two grandsons Macgregor and Louis, mother Suet Wei, three brothers, and numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews. His father Kai Wah preceded him in death.
There will be a viewing of Hang and video slideshow of his life Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Cremation Society of Idaho located at 5541 W. Overland Road Boise, ID 83705 from 2pm-4pm.
A memorial service will be on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 3299 S. Roosevelt Boise, ID 83705 at 4pm.
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 11, 2013