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Funeral Service for the Late Hubert Wong, 84 years of #5 Paradise Island Drive, Paradise Island, will be held on Saturday October 15th, 2:00 p.m. at St. Anselm's Catholic Church, Bernard Road, Fox Hill. Monsignor Preston Moss, Fr. Nduka Uzor and Deacon Rev'd. Raymond Forbes will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
He is survived by: his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Lilla Wong; six sons: Andrew, Peter, Paul, Derek, Gary and Rodney; one daughter: Linda Lightbourne; seventeen grandchildren: Andrew Jr. (DeVaughn), Omar, Peter Jr. (P.J.), Paul Jr., Derek Jr. (D.J), David, Gary Jr. (Kevin) and Nahshon Lightbourne; Melissa, Leah, Brooke, Broquell and Christina Wong, Ramona and Sophia Lightbourne, Felicia Moss (Lisa) and Mia Fawkes. Thirteen great-grands: Nahshontia, Nahshon, Chezidek and Khiyah Lightbourne, Dexter, Danej, Davante, Deshawn Moss, Isaiah, Isabella, Amorie and Rainon Wong and Maliyah Fawkes; one brother: Charles Adderley; three sisters: Vernita Meadows, Beryl Elliott and Annamae Burrows; five daughters-in-law: Millicent, Wendy, Christine, Nadia and Brenda Wong; one son-in-law: Remorn Lightbourne; four sisters-in-law: Ethlyn Thompson, Irene Griffin, Andrea Adderley and Beatrice Wong; one brother-in-law: Theophilus Meadows; two grand daughters-in-law: Angela Lightbourne and Melissa Wong; two grand sons-in-law: Dexter Moss and Maurice Fawkes; three aunts: Alberta Miller, Cardell Russell and Geneva Miller; one uncle: Samuel Miller; numerous nieces and nephews including: Cleopatra Obeng, Elvis, Frederick and Rosenell Edgecombe, Laverne Armbrister, Teresa Williams and Kirk Griffin, Anthony, John, Phil and Lisa Meadows, Nyoka, Andrea, Jannell, Christopher and Dave Elliott, Ron and Shawn Adderley, Belinda and Kevin Wallace; other relatives and friends including: Robert Humes of Brooklyn, New York, Gloria Woods of Brooklyn, New York, Patsy Hamilton of Grand Bahama, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Griffin and family of Eleuthera, the staff of Wongs Printing, Board of the Boys Industrial School, Prison Fellowship Committee, the Chinese Community, Bahamas Body Building, Full Gospel Ministries, Kiwanis Club of Nassau, staff of Sunshine Paradise Suites, the Kemp Road Community, members of Church of God, the Catholic Community, Dr. Jagadeesh, Bishop Walter and Minalee Hanchell (Great Commission), David Major, Bishop Kirk and Sherol Smith, Donald Curry, John Ellis, Bishop Chester Role, Martha Sands, Silkert Thompson, Thelma Lim, Lakeno Strachan, Nurse Chanelle Diggiss, Ann Griffin, Greg Williams, Pastor Jay Simms and Christian Life Church Family, Minnie Simms, Arthur Eldon, Richard and Ruth Demeritte, William, Barry and Ronnie Wong, Eddison Deleveaux, Dr. Norman Gay, Danny Sumner, Arthur Peet, Dr. Olga Clarke, Mr. Frederick Arnette (Billy Graham Min.), Velma Curling, Jean Davis, Brian Wong, Diane Brown, Mary Sands and Family, James and Marge Williams and family, Una Clarke, Bishop Ros Davis, Leslie and Beverly Culmer, Arimintha Newbold, Pastor Rick and Gay Dean and Family of Faith, Claire Marie Johnson, Nicola Paul, Sharon and Rodney Pinder, Garth Culmer, Cynthia Boothe, Denise McPhee, Carnetta Lightbourne, Denise Strachan, Francis Henfield, Monsignor Preston Moss and St. Anselm's Catholic Church family, Dorcas Prayer Group (Iris Dean, Mary Sands, Velda Campbell. Evelyn Winder, Kayla Smith), Ekklesia Ministries. Greater Love Ministries, Bishop Philemon Wilson and Faith Temple Ministries family. Freedom International Ministries and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
- Gladstone Rd South
- Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
Last Wednesday when sports icon Hubert Wong passed away, the nation lost an individual who made a great difference in nation building through sports. In his active life, Wong was prominent at two major business concerns.
He was one of the giant contributors to the success of The Nassau Guardian establishment throughout the decades of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He was the long-standing plant manager here when he decided to venture into his own business. Wong's Rubber Stamp and Printing Company Limited was born and became a significant part of the industry.
Sports involvement was a major artery for the man, however. In association with both The Nassau Guardian and his very own business, Wong remained synonymous with bodybuilding. Members of the bodybuilding fraternity came to him daily at The Nassau Guardian in the old days. In the evenings, they would congregate at the Wong's Gym, based those years just off Boyd Road in the Fort Charlotte area.
The same situation prevailed when his business location shifted from The Nassau Guardian in Oakes Field to Wong's Rubber Stamp and Printing on Chesapeake Road. By the time, he moved into eternity Wong had become a great two-fold influence in the country of his birth, through sports and business.
Nevertheless, it was his sporting affiliation that, in my view, rose a bit above his business, Christian and charitable contributions. The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) remains one of our signature sporting organizations half of a century after it was established (then as an association) by Wong and his associates.
Wong was one of the early popular competitors, along with Cyril Smith and Calvin Pinder. They pioneered the way for names like Edison Deleveaux, Richard Russell, Richard Demeritte, Norman Gay, Amos Saunders, Baldwin Darling, Jeremy Knowles and Neil Dean.
Along the way, The Bahamas enjoyed a wonderful era during the 1960s when the country produced three world champions, Kingsley Poitier, Glen Wells and Tony Carroll. During that same period, Cliff Wilson and Arthur Eldon also excelled. It was a glorious decade for The Bahamas that cemented the nation as a formidable force in the sport.
All along, Wong was that venerable figure, basking in the glory of the achievers, just like a father proud of his sons. Even when he was no longer involved with the administration of the sport, giving way to Danny Sumner, Wong remained the revered patriarch. He continued to inspire the bodybuilding institution to meaningful milestone accomplishments. He never failed to use his many contacts around the world to benefit bodybuilding in The Bahamas.
As a result, generations of successful bodybuilders, although some didn't know Wong at all, owe him a great debt. He was truly the one who made the biggest difference for the bodybuilding movement in The Bahamas.
My condolences go out to the family, particularly his wife Lilla, devoted sister-in-law Ethlyn Thompson, sons Andrew, Paul, Peter, Gary, Dereck, Rodney and Linda. May the soul of Hubert Wong forever rest in peace!
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Members of the bodybuilding fraternity in The Bahamas mourned the loss of Hubert 'The Grandfather' Wong yesterday. Prayerful condolences were sent to Wong's family from the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) and the entire sporting community in the country. Wong was 84.
My wife and I would like to extend our heartful condolences to Mrs. Wong, their loving children, extended families and friends. We hope that the Lord would continue to bless each of them. When hearing the news that Hubert Wong had gone home to a much better place, my body suddenly became numb, because Wong was like a father to me. While he may never know this, he was just that and a very true friend, because I never had a father to talk to.