Dr Chung Ngar Wong was born in Hong Kong on 13 June 1933. An only child, he lived with his parents in a one-bedroom apartment during the war years, eventually graduating from Pui-Ching High School in Hong Kong in 1952.
Dr Wong studied medicine at National Taiwan University, graduating in 1960, and emigrated in 1961 to intern at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis. Dr Wong completed a second internship at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, and then started a surgery internship in Winnipeg before deciding to begin his own practice.
Dr Wong married Pui-King Chan in Winnipeg in 1963 and went into practice in the small town of Grand Rapids in northern Manitoba. His first child, Nancy, was born in Winnipeg in 1964. Dr Wong then established another practice in Michel, BC, where his son, Victor, was born in 1965. A year later Dr Wong moved his family and practice to Maple Ridge, where he established himself as a family physician and stayed in harness for 34 years until his retirement in 2000.
He and Pui-King moved to Port Coquitlam and were active with the Coquitlam Chinese Baptist Church, where Dr Wong served as church councilor.
Throughout his life Dr Wong was an enthusiastic photographer, taking snapshots of his family’s adventures; a travel enthusiast, with his family on annual road trips during his working career and more extensively with Pui-King during his retirement; and a keen walker, keeping in shape by taking walks in the park across the street from his Port Coquitlam home.
Dr Wong died of acute respiratory distress syndrome at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster at age 82. He is survived by his wife, Pui-King; his son, Victor; his daughter, Nancy (married to Andrew Ranger in 1992); and his grandchildren, Heather, Geoffrey, and Paul.
—Victor Wong, CD, MLIS
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