Obituary of Chi Ko 高志先生
Papa was born in 1929 in Panyue District, China. When he was fifteen years old, he was given an opportunity to move to Hong Kong where he learned to be a chef. Once he established himself, he went back to China to find a bride. He met his wife Yuet Mui Chan there and brought her to Hong Kong where their five children were born.
Papa was a true leader; a very kind and compassionate man. One day, one of his coworkers lost one hand while on the job and was let go by the employer. Papa spoke up on his behalf but lost his own job in the process. At the time, he had a wife and five little ones to feed but he stood up for what is right and in so doing, taught us to stand up for the hurting.
Papa taught us to value family and hard work. He did his best to keep the family together. He worked hard to save enough money to send (his eldest son) to study in Canada. When the opportunity came, he took the rest of the family to Canada where he started a restaurant business. Papa was an entrepreneur; he used the skills he acquired as a chef, to open restaurants in Hong Kong and in Canada.
About two years ago, when Papa suffered a minor stroke, he started to open up to Jesus. He listened attentively to the stories about Jesus, especially about his miracles of healing the sick and feeding of the five thousand. At dinner time, he would often remind us to say grace before we started eating. So it is no surprise that when he suffered a brain injury a few weeks ago, he was willing to accept Jesus and be baptized. Even up to his last days, Papa continued to show us what it means to be selfless and how to leave a good legacy to future generations.
Papa, thank you for the beautiful legacy you have left us. Thank you also for the beautiful memories: your amazing green thumb that miraculously caused our plants to come back to life, your gorgeous dahlias that was the envy of the neighbors, the pound cakes you could whip up in the blink of an eye. Papa, we love you and we will miss you.