Ming Shek Leong, beloved husband of Sue Leong, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2008 at the age of 77 years.
Ming was born in Yinping Guangdong, China and immigrated to Vauxhall, Alberta, Canada on September.1, 1953. He first worked with his uncle Johnny and then started with the Bow River Irrigation district, as his initial introduction to the culinary arts. In 1957, he started his first joint business venture, the Modern Café in the town of Vauxhall. He happily married Sue on April.22, 1959. Soon afterwards, his three sons were born in Taber, Alberta. Continuing residing in the small town of Vauxhall, he built and opened his first own restaurant called Ming’s Restaurant in 1977. In 1994, he sold the restaurant and decided to move closer to his three sons. His dedication, passion and determination to ensure his overall family’s success brought him to Calgary in 1995. Ming’s commitment to the family business Melrose Café in Calgary has been unwavering.
His contribution to his extended family in China was his commitment to sponsor and support them in their immigration into Canada. He has proudly helped over sixty families come to Canada for a better life. His numerous consistent donations for charity both in Canada and in China has helped countless people. His love for children even had him donate a full orchestra of instruments to a school in the village in China where he was brought up. Ming enjoyed educating himself by reading newspapers about events all around the world. He was a truly dedicated Sports fan.
Every person that has ever met Ming Leong know of his generosity, kindness and unconditional love for everyone around him.
Ming is survived by his loving wife Sue Leong. Ming is also survived by his children, Kent and Megan, Wayne and Jammie, and Gene and Sharla; grandchildren, Brandon, Erica, Jonathan, Sydney, Briar and Whitney; close family members, Fay and Rose; as well as numerous extended family in Canada, United States and China. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Ming Leong, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences