Larry KWONG

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KWONG, Larry
June 17, 1923 – Vernon, British Columbia
March 15, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Larry of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2018 at the age of 94 years.
Born in Vernon, B.C. to a respected pioneer family, Larry Kwong was the 14th of 15 children of Ng Shu Kwong and Loo Ying Tow. Larry 'King Kwong' also known as 'China Clipper' was a gifted athlete who, as the first Chinese to play in the NHL, broke hockey's colour barrier. His hockey career began with the Vernon Hydrophones; he jumped to senior hockey with the Trail Smoke Eaters, and in the Canadian Army he entertained the troops playing for the Red Deer Wheelers. After the war he joined the New York Rangers farm team. On March 13, 1948, he made his NHL debut in the Montreal Forum. His career continued in the Quebec senior league, awarded the league's MVP in 1951. He played a season with the Nottingham Panthers in England, where he met and married his first wife. Recruited as a playing coach to Switzerland, he helped develop European ice hockey. Later he became a tennis professional. In 1972, he moved back to Canada to join his brother, Jack, in managing Food Vale Stores until his retirement in 1996. Larry has been recognized for his professional and athletic accomplishments. Highlights include the Milner-Fenerty Award, Calgary's Asian Heritage Award, and inductions into the Okanagan, B.C., and Alberta Sports Halls of Fame. Profiled in many radio and TV programs, he was the subject of several films and books. His passions were his family (especially his grandchildren) and the Calgary South Rotary Club. Larry had a charming personality, great sense of humour, friend to all he met, known for his generosity and kind nature, and a 40+ year Stampeder supporter.
Larry is survived by his daughter, Kristina (Dean) Heintz; granddaughters, Samantha and Madison; sisters, Betty Chan and Ina Ng; sisters-in-law, Janet, Irene, and Georgina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Larry was predeceased by his first wife, Audrey. He later remarried and was predeceased by his wife, Janine Boyer.
The family would like to thank his long-time caregivers, Fina, Bernadette, and Laurie for treating him as their own family. There are no words that can express how grateful we are for the years of dedication, love, and support. Thanks also to his family doctor, Dr. Wesam Salem, who always went above and beyond.
Funeral Services will be held at the First Alliance Church (12345 40 Street S.E. Calgary, AB) on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Rotary Foundation, 105 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1, http://www.calgaryrotaryfoundation.ca/ contribute, or the Larry & Janine Kwong Fund with the Calgary Foundation, https:/ /payment.csfm.com/donations/calgaryfoundation/?fund=KWOL2, or to a charity of one's choice. The Fund is in support of the Calgary Health Trust in support of endeavours of the Rockyview General Hospital for Cardiac Care.
In living memory of Larry Kwong, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


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Published in The Calgary Herald from Mar. 19 to Mar. 23, 2018
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