Oscar Tam's visit to Mrs. S.Y. Tong on 9 October 2005

Mrs. Tong is the 1st principal (1957-1977) of Maryknoll Fathers' School. She passed away at the age of  94 at 12.30pm on 5 November 2005 (Toronto Time) in Toronto, Canada.


Tong, Sheung-woon, M.B.E.

(nee Yu)

(December 29,1911-November 5,2005) 

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Sheung-woon peacefully at Care Free Lodge, Homes for the Aged, Toronto, Canada, Beloved wife of the late Tong Sui-yuen (1984).  Much loved mother of Robert, wife Therese of Sydney, Australia; Peter of Toronto; Thomas, wife Lily of New York and Margaret, husband George Albee of Florida.  Loving grandmother of Michael, wife Gesine; Margaret, husband Bulent Gungor; David, MaryAnne and Denise.  Survived by her brothers Patrick, wife Lucia of Hong Kong; Brian, wife Mamie of Toronto and sisters Winnie and Rosalind of Detroit.  Predeceased by her parents Yu Wan, wife Lan-sin; her brothers Pak-chuen, wife Norma; Ping-tsung, wife Wai-wah and sisters Josephine, husband Patrick So and Margaret.  Sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, colleagues, friends and students worldwide.

Born in Hong Kong, Sheung-woon attended University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1989.

Sheung-woon’s recognized achievement during her distinguished career in Hong Kong include: from 1953-1956, Headmistress of Yan Pak School, founded by the late Law Yan-pak; Co-founder and the first Principal of Maryknoll Fathers’ School in 1957 until her retirement in 1977; Founder and Chairman of the Subsidized Secondary School Council; Chairman of the Secondary Schools Association; Vice-Chairman of the Subsidized Schools Provident Fund Scheme; a Committee Member of the Police Children Education Trust Fund; a Committee Member of the Main Committee of Curriculum Development Committee, and a Member of the Board of Examiners for all foreign civil servants sitting for the Chinese written and oral examinations. As a special guest of the U.S. State Department, she visited numerous renowned Universities and Secondary Schools across the U.S.. In 1971, she received the Award of the Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.) for her outstanding contribution to the community of Hong Kong in education.       

The family wishes to thank the doctors and all the nurses and staff at Care Free Lodge for all their loving care given to Sheung-woon. Visitation to be held at Jerrett Funeral Homes, 6191 Yonge St, North York, Ontario (2 lights south of Steeles Ave.) on Friday November 11, 2005 from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturday, November 12, 2005 from 10.30 a.m. until service time at 12 noon. Cremation to follow at Highland Memory Gardens, with future internment in Sydney, Australia. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations for Tong Yu Sheung-woon Award for academic excellence can be made payable to Maryknoll Fathers' School, 2 To Yuen Street, Tai Hang Tung, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (marked specifically for Tong Yu Sheung-woon Award).

You may click HERE to see the video taken with Mrs. Tong on October 9, 2005


Photos taken a few years ago in Toronto





唐余湘畹夫人創辦全港第一間津貼中學瑪利諾神父教會學校, 創辦津貼中學校長會, 亦為第一屆津中會主席, 創辦津貼學校教師公積金計劃, 被政府委任為津貼學校教師公積金計劃副主席(主席一職由政府委任教育署官員負責)

唐夫人桃李滿天下, 她的學生畢業於瑪利諾神父教會學校在各行各業也有不少, 如公務員界別的黎楝國先生(入境處處長), 如商界的劉國權先生(佐丹奴主席), 如教育界的中學校長:

方濟民校長 (妙法寺陳呂重德紀念中學)

陳燕輝校長 (佛教茂峄法師紀念中學)

阮子琳校長 (張祝珊英文中學)

陳漢齡校長 (沙田蘇浙公學)

區建群校長 (寶覺中學)

嚴展明校長 (東華三院黃笏南中學)

李培生校長 (觀塘瑪利諾書院)

劉廣武校長 (綿紡中學)

袁志榮校長 (荃灣聖芳濟中學)

及已退休的 董康泰校長 (聖文德書院) 顧兆敏校長 (東涌天主教學校)


    Click HERE (i) to see photos taken from the ceremony held in Hong Kong  and Toronto

                 (ii) to know more information about Mrs. Tong