In Memory of



Obituary for John Wong

John Leong Wong, loving husband and father, died unexpectedly in the final stages of congestive heart failure on November 24, 2021 in his own home at the age of 75. He is survived by his 4 children, 2 grandchildren, and wife of 35 years.

John was born on May 12, 1946 in his village of Balingzhuang, China as the third of five children to Mog Gun and Chiu Ngan Wong. Moving to Canada in 1957, John was thrust into the immigrant experience having to learn English at 10 years old. He went on to graduate from UBC with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

John became a Queen Scout which kicked off his early love of the outdoors, and later he also discovered running which led to 30 marathons and 20 triathlons; these passions were a great reason to travel all around the world.

After a successful career that included projects with BC Place Stadium, the SkyTrain, and starting his own engineering company, he retired at age 57 and he moved on to spend more time with his family, outdoor hobbies, and personal projects such as his virtual study group. His retirement set him on a path of searching for the truth as he explored topics such as science, health, philosophy, metaphysics, spirituality, and environmental sustainability in the quest for answers to life’s big (and little) questions. It also allowed him to pursue his passions in the great outdoors where he felt most at peace. He never hesitated to share in the wisdom he had obtained in the PhD of Life, and his absence will leave a bigger hole than the largest crevasse on Mt. Baker.

On Sunday, December 5, a 15 minute vigil will begin at 4PM, followed by an open viewing until 6PM that people can attend on their own time. On Monday, December 6, a funeral mass will be held starting at 10:30AM. A live stream will also be available on the St. Anthony's Parish YouTube page on the day of the funeral:

The location will be St. Anthony's Parish, 2347 Inglewood Avenue, West Vancouver. When attending in person, COVID mask protocols must be followed, and we would appreciate an RVSP to the family to determine the estimated numbers.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice in John’s honour would be greatly appreciated.