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Obituary: John P. Wong

John P. Wong, 77, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  Born in Guilin, China, on October 5, 1942, his family moved to Hong Kong when he was a boy and he came to the United States for college in 1963.  In 1967, he graduated from New York University with a Biology degree.  He married his devoted wife, Lana, in 1971 and they moved to Orange, CT in 1979 to raise their family and lived there for 40 years.  John held a variety of jobs during his life, including:  working in a medical lab, owning a dry cleaning business, owning multiple Chinese restaurants, driving a school bus, working behind a deli counter, and selling furniture.  He was a people person with a strong work ethic.

John cherished his family and friends.  He was genuine and would gladly give a helping hand to anyone in need.  John loved to cook, garden, fish, and travel.  He was often found behind a stove, happily serving up delicious meals to guests.  He was known for his green thumb and could grow anything – vegetables, flowers, trees, and other plants all flourished under his care.  He delighted in living on a lake where he could take out his boat and fish.  He enjoyed traveling, especially road trips with his siblings, and visited many beautiful places.  He was also a wonderful storyteller who often recounted his adventures, bringing smiles to those around him.

Besides his wife, John is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Wong and Agnes Kalinowska; his daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Stephen Lachance; his five grandchildren, August Wong, Katie Wong, Kyra Lachance, Camryn Lachance, and Graysen Lachance; his sister, Rowena Yung; and his brothers, William Wong and Frank Wong.

His family would like to thank Connecticut Hospice for the compassion and care shown to John during his final weeks.

Arrangements were in the capable hands of the Flynn Memorial Home, 1652 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY.  A funeral service followrd.  Burial took place at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or  To share a memory or leave an online condolence, please visit

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