After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Philanthropist Milton K. Wong has died: Mayor Robertson issues statement

Mayor Gregor Roberston and Milton K.Wong at Freedom of the City award in August 2011.

Vancouver philanthropist and business leader Milton K. Wong has passed away.

Wong died on Dec. 31 in his Vancouver home, surrounded by loved-ones, his family said. He was 72.

Mayor Gregor Robertson released a statement on Wong's passing:

"I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Milton K. Wong, who passed away peacefully at his home in Vancouver on December 31, 2011 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
 

"Milton was an outstanding Canadian and proud son of Vancouver who leaves behind a tremendous legacy of public service and social responsibility.  It was in recognition of his myriad contributions to Vancouver that he was bestowed with the city's highest honour, the Freedom of the City Award, this past July.

"Milton touched the lives of countless Vancouver residents and he will be remembered for his compassion, leadership and deep sense of humanity."

 

Wong founded the financial management firm M.K. Wong and Associates in 1980, which became HSBC Global Asset Management in 1996.

He was inducted into the 2012 Business Laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame and received the Freedom of the City Award in August 2011.

Over the years, he raised funds for organizations such as the BC Cancer Foundation and the Salvation Army. He was also the co-founder of Vancouver's annual Dragon Boat Festival. 

A memorial service will be held in Vancouver for him later this month.

 


More in City

Living in an apartment with kids? Share your experiences

The City is seeking input from apartment-dwelling families with children to help plan for spaces that better meet their needs. As part of an update to the High-Density Housing for Families and...

Your water wise summer starts early this year

Today City Council approved a new Drinking Water Conservation By-Law to align with the Metro Vancouver Drinking Water Conservation Plan. Under the new by-law, watering restrictions will start on...

Temporary modular housing approved for Kaslo Street

The Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver, Gil Kelley, announced today the approval of a development permit to build 52 new temporary modular housing units at 4480 (formerly 4410) Kaslo...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.