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FONG – Garry You Ming

March 10, 1931 – January 16, 2010

Garry You Ming Fong, beloved husband of Betty, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16, 2010, surrounded by the family he loved so much.

Garry leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of many years, Betty (Wai Fong); his children, Dabby (Alan), David, Daniel, Dale, Darren, and Kam; his grandchildren, William (Jennifer), Jennifer, Jonathan, Alaina, and Alexis; and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife Patricia (Hai Fung); granddaughter Lindsey; and son Danny.

Garry was born in Hoy Ping, Guangdong, China on March 10, 1931. He came to Canada in 1954 to seek a better life for his new family. He worked in a market garden to save enough to bring over his young family. Reunited, he operated Crystal Café, which is now present day Eau Claire. Garry was able to save enough to then open Crystal Grocery in the township of Bowness in 1960. Here he established roots and remained for the duration of his life. His grocery store was and always will be affectionately remembered as “Garry’s” by all who lived, worked and attended school in the community. Garry was a hard worker, devoted to his family, business and friends. He was quietly generous in his help to others in so many ways, rarely giving a second thought. As busy as he was, he always found time to enjoy Stampede Wrestling without fail, and the peacefulness of tending his many animals and garden at his acreage home. He pursued all that he wanted to achieve and succeeded with grace and modesty. Garry has always been an active member of the Sue Yuen Tong Benevolent Association and the Chinese Freemasons since his arrival to Calgary, AB.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Autism Calgary Association, 174, 3359 – 27th Street NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 5E4, Telephone: (403) 250-5033. The family would like to extend appreciation to Dr. M. Kroetsch (Christine) for helping him have the quality of life and independence these past few years, and to Dr. Lam and staff of the ICU at the Foothills Medical Centre for their kindness.

In living memory of Garry Fong, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. carol burgess :

    My heart goes out to Danny and family. After losing my Dad Jan. 15, 2010 I understand and feel your pain. A hard time for all of us.

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  2. Jeff, Candy and Braylon Brown :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family

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  3. Spencer Welland :

    David, my condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time.

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  4. Patricia Acorn ( Mundy) :

    Dear Danny and family,
    When I saw Gary’s photo in the paper, I was reminded of my high school days. Many stops to buy things at lunch or on the way to school. Sending you wishes of peace and fond memories.

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  5. John & Phyllis Vance :

    Years back we lived in Bowness. Our children went to Crystal Groc. often as we did alot of shopping there. We haven’t seen Garry in years but knew Danny his son in Carstairs, as I delivered Auto trader there. So sorry for your family loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    John & Phyllis Vance
    Didsbury, AB.

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  6. Dear Fong Family,
    My condolences to you on Garry’s passing. I feel I should call him “Uncle” Garry. I recall him as the nice man with the long white apron behind the counter at Garry’s. He was always friendly to the kid from the “other” store, Bow Foods. Even long after he retired, we still spoke of him. My parents also retired and sold off the store nearly 10 years ago. And dad (Albert) passed away 2 years ago. The memories of our parents’ generation lingers. If you’d like an opportunity to connect and reminisce, please feel free to contact me and we’ll have a coffee at the Dell Cafe. On behalf of the whole Yee family, please accept our condolences.

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  7. Ruth (Myers) King :

    For Dabby,
    Sorry to read of your father’s passing.
    Ruth (Myers) King – school mate at Bowness High

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  8. Lily Li & Amy Chen :

    For Daniel and your Family,
    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My condolences to you and your family during this very tough time. Take care!

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  9. Rhonda Macdonald :

    When I saw Garry’s picture, I was transported back to my days as a kid growing up in Bowness and even going to school with Dale. Enjoyed frequent visits to Crystal Grocers (Garry’s) buying little brown bags full of candy or picking up bread or milk for home (and putting in our “account” – which Mom or Dad would come and take care of weekly). Such a big part of my fond childhood memories. My thoughts go to you all at this time.

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