Friday, October 12, 2012
Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam's father Kwan Shan (Kwan Pak Wai) passed away last week at the age of 83. Yesterday Chi Chi held a funeral for her father at the Hong Kong funeral home. At 8AM the body was placed into the coffin and the wake began at 9PM. After the funeral the burial took place in Shenzhen's Tai Peng Wan cemetery. Reportedly Chi Chi spent several millions on her late father's funeral, Chi Chi yesterday denied the rumor immediately but was reluctant to be interviewed. Later she even issued a thank you note to the media in appreciation of love and understanding from everyone everywhere, so her family was able to have quiet space to prepare her father's affairs in the calmest way.
Around 3PM, Chi Chi arrived in a black vehicle at the funeral home, but she maintained her smile and looked peaceful; however she did not accept any interview. Reporters asked many questions how she felt, about the ceremony and whether her mother returned to Hong Kong, she did not respond. However when asked about spending several million for her late father's funeral, she simply said, "No!" Her mother Chang Ping-Sie and rumored boyfriend Pierre Chen Tai Ming did not appear.
Yesterday many in the business sent floral arrangements to remember Kwan Shan, including Jacky Cheung Hok Yau and May Law Mei Mei, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Real Ting Chi Ko, Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To) and Fan Chiang, Leon Lai Ming, Chan Sin Chi and others. Personally attending were Alex Man Chi Leung, Stanley Kwan Kam Peng, Susan Shaw Yam Yam, Tony Au Ting Ping and Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Ray Lui Leung Wai and Yeung Siu Guen, Anna Ueyama and others. Shaw Yam Yam revealed that before she was born, her parents already knew Kwan Shan. She said, "My mother originally wanted to come, but her leg had problems so I didn't permit her!" She said that she has worked on one or two films with Kwan Shan. At the time Kwan Shan not only taught her how to act but also treated her to snacks. In recent years they have met at Performing Artist Guild's tea. The last time she saw him was ten months ago. Was she familiar with Chi Chi? She said that Chi Chi joined ATV at age 17, they also worked together. However she did not know how Chi Chi was feeling now. She said, "Who would be happy when their relatives pass! (Have you contacted Kwan Shan's former wife Chang Ping-Sie?) She has always been in the U.S. When she came back she came with other friends."
Later when Sister Yam Yam left she revealed the the altar was mainly decorated with white lilies. The venue was filled with flowers and fragrance. Monks were also chanting. She also said that Chi Chi was in an OK mood but she did not see her brother and her mother. She believed that Chi Chi's mother was overseas. Did she attend the viewing? She tearfully said, "He will always be in my heart!"
In addition, Chi Chi's appreciation letter was as below:
To elders, friends and media friends who love our father -- Mr. Kwan Shan (Pak Wai):
Our most beloved father Mr. Kwan Shan (Pak Wai) on October 1 2012 peacefully completed life's final journey and passed away at the age of 83.
On October 10 (Wednesday) 2012 at 5PM, viewing will be held at the Hong Kong funeral home. The next day on October 11 (Thursday) at 8AM the coffin ceremony will take place, and at 9AM the wake. Afterward the burial will take place in Shenzhen Tai Peng Wan cemetery.
Over these painful days, thank you very much friends everywhere for your love and understanding, for giving us quiet space for the family to prepare our father's affairs in the calmest way. Thank you again friends everywhere for the comfort for our father and our family. If any arrangement was less than perfect, we are deeply apologetic and plead for everyone's understanding.
Son Kwan Sai Wa
Daughter Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam
October 10 2012
Source: Takungpao, Mingpao, Singtao, on.cc
Translated by: hktopten