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'62 華仁仔 | 16th Aug 2009, 16:28 PM | 想當年

One more article - this time by James Tong (WYK65) has also been in our 留言簿 since 3 August. It's now being posted here as well for all to see -- Blog Admin. 

Fr. Thomas O'Neill passed away on July 30, 2009 in Singapore where he had been directing retreats. The wake service were on Saturday and Sunday, funeral mass and cremation on Monday August 3rd in Singapore (click on 閱讀全文 below left to see the whole article).

Augustine Yeung, Thomas Lee will remember him as our church choir master when we were in P. 6 to F. 2 or so, when my voice changed from soprano to alto. I can still sing many of the hymns, and several voice parts of the Ave Verum, Languen tibus, O Lord I am not worthy, When all moral flesh keeps silence, and of course, Christmas carols and Easter songs. We had special practices for Christmas eves, Holy Saturdays and Easter Sundays, where I had the adrenalin flows, and special treats of tea, cake and sandwich.

But my best treat was when the Vienna Choir came to town in 1962 or 1963. They were looking for a special hall for rehearsal, and they picked the hall of Wah Yan Kowloon. As church choir members, Fr. O'Neill invited us to listen to the rehearsal. To this day, I still seem to hear German soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf crescendoing to the high notes of Voices of Spring that still echo in the auditorium whenever I walked into the hall in my recent visits.

In 1963 or 1964, Fr.O'Neill was reassigned to Singapore, where he worked in the St. Ignatius Church and then later, the Jesuit retreat house. He visited California in 1998. I remember he stayed at our alumnus Dunson Cheng's house in Glendale. I picked him up and drove him to Huntington Beach to meet Thomas Lee where we had lunch. Then he told me he had a stroke when he was leading a pilgrimage to Eastern Europe the year before. On the way, I sang some of the old hymns he taught us. But he did not remember "Languen Tibus", one of my favorites.

That seems to be the way with some of Jesuit fathers. They do
not realize the full impact of their influence on us.

Below is the obituary from the Singapore Diocese.

www.veritas.org.sg/webann_detail.php?AnnID=447

James Tong (WYK65)