Chun Chun Suen
Our Loving Father – Mr. C.C. Suen
This was what my father always said in his old age:
“How joyful to be surrounded by grandchildren in my old age;
How delightful to see my children’s successful accomplishments;
How grateful to maintain good health all these years,
and having travelled to all seven continents.
Four good oldies: Good health, Good wife, Good wealth and Good friends.”
My late father, Mr. C.C. Suen, was born in 1930 in Jieyang, Chaozhou China. He was the only male in the family and had a strong upbringing on the Teochew heritage. He always taught us the importance of harmony in the family, the value of educating children within the family, and the unity as a family to fight against external challenges. My father was a scholar - he could expound poems from the Tang Dynasty or could have a meaningful conversation on any subjects. He also brought wisdom in leading and guiding our family.
Although my father has left us in Sept. 2020, we are confident that this is a mere temporary departure since we will meet him in heaven. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, led by the angels to return to God’s bosom. My father had always been very healthy, maintaining a healthy diet and sleep schedule. He did have the occasional minor illness like other seniors. He was only admitted to the hospital once when he was 88 years old. This was his blessing! The greatest blessing was his acknowledgement that true blessing comes from the fear of the Lord. Both my parents declared to accept Christ as their Saviour and hence, received eternal life. We celebrated this declaration publicly when he was baptized in 2018 together with my mom.
My grandparents passed away when my father was a young man. He had to start from scratch to make a living. In 1967, he married my mom and they had 5 children. The family has since grown to include 4 grandchildren. We all live happily together. Life was difficult in the early days. But my parents stood firm and worked together to overcome all the challenges, leading to the success of their small business and sufficient savings to raise all 5 children. In 1994, the whole family migrated to Canada. Our success today can be attributed to their extraordinary effort and hard work.
He had always been a responsible father. He loved his family. When we were sick as a child, he tried his best to look for the best doctor to treat us. He was also a good husband who loved and cared for my mom in ways that no one would realize. Testaments of their love are visible in their photos. He would let her have whatever she liked. He constantly reminded us to take good care of mom, to make her healthy and happy.
My father became a lovely, playful man at his old age. He liked to play jokes on us, cheerfully calling “Mommy, mommy …“ at home in high pitch. He enjoyed good food and liked new clothing. He was always thrilled whenever we gave him any presents.
We are so thankful that God has given us a faithful father on earth. Every bit and piece of our beautiful memory on him are carved deep in our heart.
Dear father, we always keep you in mind. You know, we become what we are because of you. We will take good care of mom. We will meet one another in heaven one day. This is what God has promised. God’s promise never fails.
Your eldest son,
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