Obituary of Shirley Victoria Fong
Passed peacefully away on October 14, at her home in Botwood, Shirley Victoria Oake Fong (Richardson).
Mom was born to May and George Richardson in Botwood on May 19, 1929 an older sister to our Aunt Maude LeDrew. After finishing high school, she went on to St. John’s to complete a business course at the Prince of Wales Collegiate and then worked at the Botwood branch of the Bank of Montreal.
In 1950, she married William Fong and together they had a family of six. They owned and operated a convenience store called “The Candy Store” for many years.
Mom was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who always put her family’s needs above her own. She was also a special Auntie to her sisters three children.
Mom was a long-time member of the Canadian Red Cross, acknowledged this year for 50 years of volunteer service. She started her volunteering work with the door-to-door campaigns and went on to become the Fund Development Co-ordinator for the Creations Knitting Program. She was also a Treasurer and Secretary for the Botwood Branch and she received the Distinguished Service Award in 2001. For many years, mom worked as a teacher’s aid to students with special needs at Botwood Academy. Mom was a faithful member of the Botwood Trinity United Church where she gave service for many years. Mom generously donated to several charities.
She was predeceased by her husband William Fong, parents George and May Richardson; brother-in-law Ronald LeDrew; son-in-law Bill Power. She leaves to mourn her sons David (Jian), Robert (Linda); daughters Linda (Aubrey), Dianne (Dave), Aileen (Terry), Carol (Shawn); grandchildren Ian (Nicole), Scott, Alyson, Kerri Lynn (Dallas), Yuanpei, Juli (Paul), Robin (Jeff), Angela (Yves), Krista (Justin), Tracey (Joe), Andrew (Sheri), Catherine; great-grandchildren Lukas, Jacob, Olivia, Elijah, Zachery, Savannah, Randy, Willa, Hazel, Sara; sister Maude LeDrew; nephews George (Nicki), Ronald (Liz), Richard (Kathi) and many other relatives and friends.
Pastor James Martin-Carter will conduct the funeral from Hoskins Funeral Home in keeping with the Covid 19 restrictions the funeral will be for immediate family and by invitation only. Burial to follow at the United Church cemetery, Botwood.
As an expression of sympathy donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Canadian Red Cross.