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Joseph Wong Obituary


Joseph Wong passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the age of 61. Born in San Francisco, CA on September 25, 1949, “Joe” was the second of six children born to Sam Wong (deceased), Ethel and Gene Tom. His siblings are brother “Big John” Wong (deceased), brother Paul Tom (Nancy), sister Mary Tom (Gary), brother Calvin Tom (Dwuna) and sister Kathleen Tom (Barbara).

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Lillian, their two daughters Michelle (son-in-law Mitjahm), and Debbie (son-in-law David) and his cherished grandchildren Mikala, Makai, Mateo, Tyler and Jason (AKA "miniature Joe"). His extended family also includes brother-in-law Jimmy (Debbie), and sister-in-law Marilyn (Steve). He also has many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Joe graduated from Berkeley High and attended Merritt College in Oakland. From a young age, Joe loved to help those around him and his many jobs throughout his life offered him an opportunity to share his knowledge and passions with the community. His first job was as a lifeguard for Berkeley's Rec. and Park. Afterward, he worked as a part time postal delivery worker and then as a furniture salesman at Emporium at Tanforan. Later, he got a job with PG&E as a gas meter repairman, where he worked for over 9 years. He also worked with the SF Rec. and Park and the Randall Museum.

His most notable job was with the SF Muni, where he worked for almost 27 years. Joe enjoyed driving the #1 California, #31 Balboa, and #5 Fulton bus lines, but his favorite bus route was the #3 Jackson. He received the "Safety Driver of the Month" award and it was a proud moment for him and his family. In February 2010, he retired from SF Muni to help babysit his grandchildren, who were the highlights of his life.

Joe loved so many of life's offerings. He loved to travel, eat and play sports. Joe was an athlete who enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, softball, swimming, and tennis. He was an avid player, teacher, and spectator. Joe also loved food and always made sure his family and friends had a full plate. He also loved to travel with his family as his daughters were growing up and also later with his grandchildren. His two favorite vacation spots were Hawaii and Disneyland, where the family would visit every year. Another vacation he enjoyed was Las Vegas, which included more of his favorite things - crawdads, oxtail, numerous buffets, and slot machines. In 2007, he finally went to China and enjoyed being in Hong Kong where he was able to speak and practice his Cantonese and enjoy the variety of food.

Joe touched the lives of many people with his smile and his generosity. He was a caring, dedicated, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his family. Joe lived for his grandchildren and enjoyed every minute he spent with them.

Joe had so many loving friends and family in his life. The family would like to thank everyone for all their love and support.