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Hayward "Kelly" Fong

1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Hayward "Kelly" Fong Obituary
January 30, 1925 - May 12, 2016 On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Hayward L. "Kelly" Fong passed away peacefully at his home of over 50 years. He was 91. Hayward's wife, Dorothy Fong, preceded him in death in 2012. He is survived by his children, Stephen Fong and Stephanie Hansen; grandchildren Erin Hansen, Kaeli Hansen, and Eric Hughes; his sister Betty Woo and brother Citron Toy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Hayward was born, raised, and lived his entire life in his beloved Los Angeles. His large, extended family and wide circle of friends meant the world to him. He loved them deeply and was loved and respected in return. He was an avid cook, loved to explore new restaurants, and enjoyed good wine with good company. In 1948 Hayward graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and in 1956 graduated with honors from Southwestern University Law School. He remained active in the Berkeley Engineering Alumni Association. For 37 years, Colonel Hayward Fong served his country in the United States Army. He entered World War II as a Special Agent assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps. Upon discharge, he remained in the Reserve and served in many intelligence command and staff positions. For his innovative leadership, he was awarded the Legion of Merit (the Army's second-highest service award), and was recognized by the Los Angeles City Council, National Intelligence Association, National Counter Intelligence Corps Association, and Southern California Counter Intelligence Corps Association for his contributions to the country's intelligence effort. In 1948, Hayward was the first civil engineer of Chinese ancestry hired by the Los Angeles County Road Department. He held positions of increasing responsibility, attaining the highest technical management position of Division Engineer, which he held for 10 years. In 1981 he became Community Development Director for the city of Gardena, where he instituted senior citizen housing, a high-rise medical center, an industrial park, and shopping centers. He also revamped depressed areas by promoting multicultural activities that stimulated the tourist industry. Hayward was always a generous man of deep faith and strong convictions. He served God with dedication and diligence. As an elder at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, he conducted Wednesday morning worship services for over twenty-five years. He also served as a Bible class leader, and as Interim Head of Staff and Business Manager. Hayward was an active member of masonic fraternal organizations, having served as president of the Los Angeles County Road Department Masonic Club and chaplain for the Los Angeles County Employees Acacia Club. He was chaplain for the Los Angeles-Trojan Shrine Club for many years, and was recognized for his contributions to the Shriners with the 2013 Noble of the Year award. Throughout his long life, Hayward held numerous other roles of service and leadership in government, business, and charitable organizations. His keen mind and strong will always left a lasting imprint on anything he set his hand to. The world is a better place because he was here. We will miss him. Hayward Fong's memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:30am at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010. Hayward gave generously to many organizations over the years. The following groups were close to his heart and the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one or more of them: Immanuel Presbyterian Church (immanuelpres.org); YMCA Hollywood seniors program (www.ymcala.org/hwgive); Shriners' Hospital of Los Angeles (shrinershospitalsforchildren.org); Disabled American Veterans (dav.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 29, 2016
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