Note from Webmaster Paul Loseby:
Willie first asked me to create a website for him when I was runnin g the Burma Star Association website in the late 1990's. The story is his - I just did the typing. Some extracts have been drawn from other sources but with their permission and with links to their websites and giving them the full credit that they deserve.
Willie has sadly died since this site was created but it continues in his memory and in the memory of those brave young Chinese Canadian volunteers who joined the battle with him. As the result of what Willie and his friends were prepared to do, the Chinese in Canada earned the right for all Chinese Canadians to be true Canadians able to work at the highest levels, have respectable jobs and have the benefits of all other Canadians
This is Willie's story told before he died in 2010. This website is dedicated to him and his friends who did so much for the Chinese of Canada.
This was his obituary.
Willie (Jun Wai) Chong born Dec 15, 1923 in Vancouver passed away peacefully Jan 27, 2010. He will be greatly missed by his wife Edith, daughters Leslie, Glenda (Bill) and Jody (Gordon); grandchildren Daniel, Elijah, Chad, Richelle, and Cole; great-granddaughter Celeste; sisters Vee, Sandie, Pearl and Jean (Douglas). Willie was a member of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada Unit 280 and of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum. He was always very proud of his service and spoke highly of it. Back in Canada, his final career was that of a commercial fisherman along the coast of British Columbia with his own boat “Jody L”. He bestowed a life of opportunity onto his daughters and grandchildren. His humour, generosity and spirit will be forever carried on by them. Willie lived life to the fullest and was a charismatic gentleman who had the power to instantly become friends with whomever he met. His witty jokes and strong spirit will forever be missed.