Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I'm OK!

To those of you who know our good friend Bernard Chong or read his blog (speak now, ah?) would know that his dad had been unwell fer some time now. Sadly, Chong Snr lost his battle against the dreaded Big C late this afternoon.

I meself have some pretty fond memories of Uncle Chong. His fave phrase was "I'm OK! That's my name OK Chong". He was a pretty happy-go-lucky-uncle who happily enjoyed his Peter Reds, fine booze & was always more than happy to oblige the crowd with a song or two. Nothing seemed to faze him; whether it was a stock market crash or a health scare, he took it all in stride.

And he was always quick to invite me (or anyone of else fer that matter) to join him fer a few drinks. When we were wee college brats he even handed us some cash with the specific order to "go enjoy yerselves"! Uncle Chong was one cool dude.

But me fave memory was when one nite I was dropping Bernard off after a few drinks. Bernard had forgotten his keys & was hoping his dad would be downstairs to let him in. But when we got to the house, Uncle Chong had also just forgotten his keys after a few drinks & the sight of the two redfaced Chongs drunkenly scaling their house gate is a memory that will stay with me forever.

As they say, when you are born, let it be you who is crying & everyone else smiling; when you die, let it be you who is smiling & everyone else is crying . . .

Uncle Chong, you will be sadly missed by all.

ps: Friends are welcome to share their fond memories of Uncle OK Chong here.

10 comments:

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

I may be a 'stranger' here but reading this post, it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure what a cool man Mr Chong was. no doubt he will sorely be missed by those who had the privilege to know this great man.

my deepest condolence to Bernard and his family.

Teng Hock said...

sorry to hear that Benard, my deepest condolence to you and your family.

Mandeep Gill said...

Condolences from Bandung to your friend Bernard.

Mark said...

my deepest condolences Bernard. you'll never walk alone"

JonC said...

Unker Bernard,

Deepest condolences and YNWA.

premo said...

My condolences Bernard. It's a pity I never met the man cos he sounds like a true legend.

senorita.. said...

so sorry to hear this....... deepest condolence to Bernard & family

laner said...

Hi, I am the (gwailo) boyfriend of Bernard’s sister, Amy. I have never done this before, but felt so moved by the comments, I felt I had to reply.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr OK Chong, but he is the type of man we should all aspire to be, whose reputation precedes him, and from what I can gather, was far exceeded when you actually met.

Even whilst he was in hospital, tired after receiving chemo, he was concerned about me here in London, because there had been heavy rain and some flooding!

He was a great man, and I know he will be dearly missed by his family and friends, even those friends he hadn’t yet met.

JonW said...

Unker Bernard, my deepest condolences. You'll Never Walk Alone and I'm sure Uncle Ok is walking with angels now.

anfield devotee said...

TQ everyone fer all the comments. To quote Bernard, "He (Uncle OK) is probably belting out a tune at that great karaoke bar in the sky . . ."