Part of Church's Soul Is Gone
At the Community Church of Great Neck, Frederick Kuo Jr. was always at the center of everything. His parents had also been active there and so he just grew up with it. "He poured a lot of everything he has into the church," said Fred Kuo, the oldest of Frederick's four children. "So many people were dependent on him for everything."
Frederick's contributions ranged from helping to set up for services to giving occasional readings to arranging for members to get there, even when it meant enlisting his children or driving them himself.
Recently, the church merged with a Chinese congregation, to bring new young members into its aging congregation. As usual, Frederick, whose mother is Filipino and whose father is Chinese, was right there to help bridge the gap. His son said that the new members identified with his father even though he was Asian-American and didn't speak any Chinese. "I've often thought to myself," Fred Kuo said, "that church wouldn't run without him."
Profile courtesy of THE NEW YORK TIMES.