E-mail received from Rama 6.9.2006
JOHNNY ONG KIM CHUAN – R. I. P.
Whenever a Kirkbyite passes on, we are reminded that we are really getting on with age.
This was what I felt after coming across Johnny Ong’s obituary in today’s Star. He passed away yesterday - 5 September 2006.
Death seems to visit us so frequently in recent times. It is particularly poignant when it dawns upon you that many from my Block 8 have left us: John Fernandez, Charles Gabriel, Donald Jeyaretnam, Tara Singh, Gurcharan Singh and now Johnny Ong. I have no idea who else from Block 8 had passed on without our knowledge.
Johnny Ong was in the
same plane when we travelled to
Johnny was posted to St Gabriel’s School together with Oswald. In 1963 when I was following the Specialist Course in the Education of the Blind, I had to go to St. Gabriel’s for my teaching practice where there was an integrated programme for the blind. It was here where I met both of them briefly.
In the late 1960s, Johnny Ong
suddenly turned up in
He published, I think, a couple of books. The first one was Pepper And Salt and the second book was, if I’m not mistaken, Tiger in the Snow, or something like that.
Later on I learnt that he was in the publishing
business and was attached to St Anthonian Book
Publishing. Apart from this I have no further information about Johnny Ong. But I used to wonder what happened to him. I normally
ask around about Kirkby friends but no one was able to shed any news with
regard to Johnny Ong. As a matter of fact, at our
last Reunion in
The wake is being held on 5 & 6 September at PJMC (Room 7), Jalan 229, Petaling Jaya..
The funeral service will be at 1 pm at St. Pauls Church, Lorong Utara Kecil, Petaling Jaya.
Johnny Ong leaves behind a wife, two married daughters and two grand children. His wife is Carol Lee Mun Hong.
Contact numbers are: 012 350 4428; 019 2816626.
May he rest in peace.
With very warm regards,