Dr. Sam Huang
Dr. Sam Huang, a prominent long time resident of Vernon of some forty years has passed away peacefully on September 5th a few days short of his 94th birthday.
He worked as an anesthetist at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital for many years and was universally well liked and loved by his colleagues and co-workers.
He gave many a summer party for all his co-workers from the OR. It became an annual event to look forward to and he would cook up all the Kokanees he caught during the year and saved them just for this event. It engendered great camaraderie and friendships. His services were so sought after he had to retire three times! Many suspected he did this so as to have more retirement parties.
For years he was the ‘Godfather’ to the Chinese community in Vernon. Whenever any one of them needed advice or help they naturally sought him out and he would help as a matter of course. He was most revered by the Chinese community.
Even more legendary was his fishing skills as those who knew him can attest to. He would still reel them in when many were skunked! He had many fishing buddies and even more fish stories. Fishing was his passion, and many a times after he retired he would say he has to go to work everyday…fishing! At 85 he had to stop going fishing by himself as he said he couldn’t heave his car-topper by himself anymore. Geesh !
Another passion of his was playing Bridge. He was a consummate Bridge player and was in fact a Grand Master.
His most encompassing passion was of course his family .He was a doting parent and grandparent. He is survived by his loving companion and wife of 67 years, Gillian, 2 physician sons Simon (Betty) and David (Faye) and 5 grandchildren Adrian, Daphne and Frances as well as Christopher and Travis.
He had accomplished lots and touched many in his lifetime. He had a good Inning. He was a good man.
God bless him may he rest in peace.
Funeral Service Sept. 22 at 1.00pm,
Forest Lawn Funeral Chapel, 3789 Royal Oak Ave, Burnaby.