|Maurice Soong cremated |
By RICHARDSON DHALAI Tuesday, February 11 2014
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IN GRIEF: Brenda, centre, wife of Maurice Soong, with her son Johnny, at left, and her brother Leo Lau, at right, during the funeral service. ...
Popular San Fernando businessman, Maurice Soong, was yesterday remembered as a compassionate and devoted family man, who loved both his family and his adopted homeland of Trinidad and Tobago.
His funeral service which was held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando, attracted a wide cross section of the Trinidadian society which included President Anthony Carmona; Public Administration Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan; Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray; San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein; former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday, and former House Speaker Barry Sinanan.
Delivering the eulogy, his son, businessman Johnny Soong, remembered his father as a “humble man” who left his native China at the age of 12, and through hard work and dedication, had built one of San Fernando’s most enduring and popular business establishments, Soong’s Great Wall Restaurant, Circular Road, San Fernando.
“My father loved people and sacrificed his own life for his family,” he said, and recalled that his father would often speak glowingly about his own mother with tears in his eyes.
He recalled she had toiled in the rice fields of China to ensure that her children were fed and clothed.
“My father taught us how to love God and family,” he said, adding that his father and mother, Brenda, in their 55 years of marriage, had never “gone to bed angry.”
He also recalled that his father was especially proud of his “spotless kitchen” which had won awards for sanitation, saying his father would often take family members and friends on “tours” of his kitchen area. Meanwhile, three of Soong’s grandchildren.
Amanda Fazzalari, Kasi Johnston and Matthew Bouchard, remembered their grandfather as a person who “loved his family, his grandchildren, and his kids” and never forgot to tell them that he loved them on a daily basis.
Soong was cremated in a private ceremony which was attended by close friends and family members.