George Fong

Dec 2, 1922 - Jan 8, 2021

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA, 95819

Obituary

George was born in New York City. He was the second son in a family of six children. Along with his siblings, George worked in the family laundromat run by his widowed mother. Aside from his own school chores and work at the laundromat, George took the time to help his younger siblings. His​ ​sister, Mabelle, recalled how he would take her to school, help with her homework, and bring her to church.
George’s academic aptitude gave him the opportunity to attend New York City Stuyvesant ​High School which has restricted admissions based on scholastic achievement. When George finished high school in 1940, he moved to California. Soon after, he enlisted in the military and served in the Army Air Force for 4 years. He served his country during World War II in the China Burma India Theater. George’s wartime citations and medals include Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, and most recently the Chinese American WWII Medal of Honor.

After George left the Army, he took a position as an Air Service Mechanic at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, working there for 35 years. As a young man, he enjoyed dancing, bowling, and fishing. George’s dancing skills were notable and he became known as the Samba King. Our Mom said that dancing with George was easy because he was such a good leader. George enjoyed the outdoor sports of fishing and hunting birds. He often took his sons, Randy and Gary, with him and they now also enjoy these sports. He married his wife, Anna Geum Wong, in Sacramento in 1950. They were married for 70 years.

George enjoyed organizing and participating in all the sporting activities of the Chinese Sportsman Club. The Sportsmans Club’s goal was to encourage sport fishing and bird hunting and thus hosted striped bass derbies, kids’ fishing contests at Southside Park and clam digging outings. Attending those activities with Mom and Dad were part of our childhood and these Sportsman Club social events have now become special memories.
George was never an outspoken person, but quietly and gently went about his daily business in a dignified manner. He loved his family, and his love was returned. He is survived by his wife, Anna, his two sons, Gary (Judy) and Randy (Grace), his daughter, Gail (Mike), and his grandsons, Brian
(Becky), David (Nicole), Stephen, Brandon, Derek, Joshua, and Michael.
We shall miss this gentle man with his smile and remember his kindness to all who came in contact with him. We love you Dad.
Interment will be at East Lawn Cemetery on Sunday, January 24, 2021. Due to COVID issues, the service will be private. Zoom service will be available and a recording of the service will be available upon request, contact Gary, Randy, or Gail.

Guestbook

  • Alan & Bev Ginn says:

    We will always remember how your dad faithfully attended church. He was a gentle man with a smile on his face to greet everyone. We look forward to be reunited with him in heaven.

  • Mer and Staci Lai says:

    Our hearts are saddened by the loss of the most gentled soft spoken man. So many lifelong memories growing up with the Fong family. My favorite memory was a summer fishing trip with Randy and Uncle George under the Golden Gate Bridge for striped bass. The most incredible live bait fishing trip. Even though that special day was over 30 years ago, I am reminded of that trip every time I drive over the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Allison, Alvin, Abraham, Jeremiah Fong says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. So nice to read about his many accomplishments and legacy he leaves. May God comfort you with peace and joy knowing that he’s resting at home with the Lord. Praying for your family as you prepare for arrangements. 🙏

  • Ken and Margaret Spengler says:

    Our memories of George include how warm, friendly and engaging he was, whenever we ran into him at the grocery store, Costco or tire shop.When we addressed him as Mr. Fong, he would insist we call him George. Thankful we will see each other again, George…

  • Raymond and Aiming Lew says:

    George was my mentor when I was a young member of the Sacramento Chinese Sportsmans Club. He showed me the best places to shop for things for the annual picnic. He was always there to help out and among the first to show up. I will always remember his kind, calm and gentle voice. It is a voice that provided comfort and encouragement. We will miss George.

  • Freeman Lee says:

    I first remember George at Southside Park helping out at the Kids Fishing Derby sponsored by the Sacramento Chinese Sportsman’s Club and City Of Sacramento. I was one of the kids. That was over sixty years ago. He will be missed. Rest in peace George.

    Freeman

  • J.B. Lee says:

    My condolences to you, Gail, and your family for the loss of your dad.

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