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Friday, February 17, 2006

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Subject: Joseph Shong 1949-2006
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 19:31:53 -0500
From: Melissa Dunphy

On 14 February at 4pm AEST (Feb 15 at 12:00am EST), my dad, Joe Shong, passed away from advanced prostate cancer.

Some of you knew him, some of you only knew of him, and some of you might just be readers of my blog who keep in touch, but I wanted all of you to know. He died peacefully and in his sleep in hospital. Although I'm sad, he was extremely ill towards the end, so it is good to know that he is no longer suffering. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February of last year. I last saw him when I travelled to London in August. He would have been fifty-seven next month.

If you would like to pay your respects, you are welcome to attend a short service on Monday morning at 10:30am. He is being buried in the "Chinese 7" section (off Necropolis Drive) of Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney. If you plan to attend, please arrive between 10am and 10:15am. If you wish to send flowers, they can be organized by contacting Ray's Florist on +61 2 9737 8877 or by e-mailing them at with the amount you wish to spend and the type of arrangement you would like delivered.

I have already received an outpouring of support, and I thank everyone for their kind words and thoughts. It has meant a lot to me, and I'm sure it would have meant a lot to Dad too.


P.S. If you are male and over 35, please have your prostate checked annually. Please don't forget, be too squeamish, or think it won't happen to you. I love each of you too much not to tell you.
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