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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.


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