Yan Quon William "Billy" Hong

October 14, 1928 to April 9, 2021


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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father and grandfather, Yan Quon William Hong of St. John’s, NL, who passed away on April 9th, 2021 at the age of 92.  Yan Quon was born in Guangdong, China in 1928.  His entrepreneurial spirit brought him to Canada in the 1950s to first settle on Bell Island, NL.  While there, he operated the Sun Café for over ten years.  Known as “Billy” to the local folks, he quickly made many friends and gained many new experiences, including learning how to prepare some of Newfoundland’s traditional fare and how to skate in his spare time.   Deciding it was time to again see the world, he returned to China for a period of time before working in Ontario and finally settling in St. John’s with his wife, Lan, and growing family in the 1970s.  Yan Quon and his wife were well-known in northeast St. John’s having owned and operated Hong’s Take-Out for 30 years until their retirement.  During retirement, Yan Quon’s favourite pastimes included watching the business news and sports and keeping active.  As an avid NHL hockey fan, he followed the Boston Bruins in his early years and then later the Montreal Canadiens.  Tennis was another of his favourite sports.  To keep fit, Yan Quon’s daily routine would include a walk on the local trails and around Quidi Vidi which continued into his late 80s.  He will always be remembered for his great work ethic, dedication, providing for his family, preparing special family meals, and being mistaken for someone much younger in years.

Left to mourn are Lan Hong, his wife of 54 years; children Caroline (Perry Trimper), Julia, William (Minnie), Ha, and Elise (Peter Cheng); grandchildren, Stanley and Mason; extended family members and countless friends.

Many thanks to Dr. Parfrey, Dr. Rockwood and the other doctors who cared for him over the years.  Special thanks to Dr. Iqbal and the medical staff at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital who were dedicated to his care this past week.  We are also grateful to everyone who sent flowers and condolences during this difficult time.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on April 16, 2021 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm, while observing public health pandemic protocol.  Service and interment will occur on April 17, 2021 at 1 pm.  The service will also be streamed online at https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1618181538110083

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Arthritis Society in Yan Quon’s memory.



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Mrs Hong &Family
Sending sincere condolences on the passing of Mr Hong. He was a most delightful person and his smile was special. He became a friend to all around him. He will be long remembered. Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

Caroline, Perry and family: Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of Mr. Hong. While we were living in Labrador, we always enjoyed the stories you would tell of his interesting and full life. May those memories help sustain all of you through these difficult times.

Sincerely, Margo Connors and Robert Stack

I am so sorry to hear about, Billy passing ,he was a good friend of my Dads , I remember him well ,my sincere condolence.

Caroline and Perry
Sending sincere condolences to you in the passing of your Dad. He sounds like a very community-minded person, well loved by many.
thoughts and prayers to the family.

Caroline and Perry,

We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you both during this difficult time.

We are very sorry to hear your loss. His kind and help to other people are always remembered from community and your heart will leave forever .

Mrs. Hong & Family,

We were very saddened to hear of Mr. Hong’s passing. He had been a long-time family friend and a pillar of the Chinese community. I have so many fond memories of our many visits with my parents and sister to Hong’s Take Out. Whenever we got together or met in passing since his retirement, I am often reminded of his kind and gentle nature, such a gentlemen., with a smile that lit up every conversation. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Gordon & Rebecca, Annie & Michel

Mrs. Hong and Family,

Our condolences for your loss. Mr. Hong has been a pillar and active member of the Chinese Community. His kindness and friendship will be missed by many.

Mrs. Hong & Family

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Hong’s passing – long time family friend. A kind and gentle man who always had a smile for everyone. We enjoyed chatting with him & Mrs. Hong during our annual trip to NL for the flower service in August. Sending heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Mrs. Hum Tai Jim, Jennie & Brent, Harry & Sandy, Will & Donna & family

To the family of Billy Hong my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Mr. Hong was a very kind and happy man as shown by his engaging smile whenever he greets you. I remember times spent at the Sun Cafe when I went to Bell Island for a few weeks during a few years of my summer break from grammar and high school years. Also visited him with my parents and siblings at Hong’s takeout in St, John’s.. Rest in Peace Billy.

Perry, Caroline and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

Our condolences on passing of your father, Will. We are deeply saddened by the loss you and your family have encountered. We offer our thoughts and prayers during this dark time. Ei and Zin

To Mrs. Hong and family,
So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a true gentleman since I met him the first time few decades ago. Always took time to chat with us during gatherings. Have great respect for him all these years. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolence to you and family.

Lan and family,
Thinking about you all at this difficult time.
I have many fond memories of Billy. He made the best butterfly shrimp in town. He was a true gentleman and always a pleasure to deal with. He will be missed.

Caroline, I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Please know that I hold you in my thoughts and prayers. Strength and love to you and your family as you say goodbye for now to your father.

Love and Hugs,
Pam Clark

Our condolences to you and your family on Billys passing. Billy and Lan have been very dear friends of our family for many years, a lot of memories go way back. May you rest in peace Billy.

To Julia and the whole family… sending the biggest of hugs as you mourn the passing of your Dad. He was a very special man. I’m glad to have known him.

To Mrs.Hong, William, Minnie and family,

Khin and I are very sorry to hear of Mr. Hong’s passing. We have so many happy memories of many visits with them over the years in Toronto. We are so honoured to have been Billy’s friend for over 10 years and will miss your friendship. He will be in our hearts forever.

Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family. May he rest is peace.

Mr. and Mrs. Aye (Mum & Dad)

Dear Lan,
I am writing on behalf of my mother Oio Hi and the Fong clan. We are saddened by Billy’s passing, such a sweet and kind man. We will always remember him fondly. My mom is looking forward to being able to visit with you and remember Billy when Covid is under control.
We look forward to seeing you, hopefully in 2021.
Oio Hi Fong and family

Mrs. Hong, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Mr. Hong were always so friendly and greeted me with a warm smile. To this day Hong’s Takeout is the best Chinese takeout I have ever had. May Mr. Hong rest in peace.

To Mrs Hong and family:
So sorry to hear of Mr. Hong’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. We will always remember your kindness to us every time we visited Hongs Takeout.

Mrs. Hong & Family: Sending you our deepest condolences and love during this very difficult time.  Remembering the wonderful times shared on Bell Island and St. John’s and blessed to have seen you both at the Flower Service in Aug 2019. May all the beautiful memories  and happy times offer some comfort to you at this time of sorrow.  Rest in Peace, Billy.   Regards, June Tom (Atlanta, GA)  and Joyce Tom (Toronto, ON)   

I am so sad to hear about your dad’s passing. You always spoke of him so highly. You were so close to him. I know this is a big loss for you and your family. He must be up in heaven somewhere sharing dim sum with my mom. Sending you extra hugs during this impossible time.

Will, Minnie and Mason,
Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. You will be in our prayers during this difficult time.
Villalta Family

Mrs. Hong,
Sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear husband . I have warm memories of ordering food from your place and to this day have never found any Chinese food that can compare with Hong’s. When I taught at Macdonald Drive the staff would never order from anywhere else. How often now when we pass by your old building do we mention your great food and wish you were still there. May you find strength in you r memories of a wonderful man.

I wish to express my deepest condolence to you, Mrs. Hong and family over your loss at this most difficult time. I shall always treasure our time spent over coffee sharing our latest news with you, Mrs Hong and Mr. Hong when we visited NL with Tam, Mom and my sister. I also have fond memories of picking up Tam at your tale-out. May you and your family find comfort and strength in your memories.

Mrs.Hong and family,
Sorry to hear of Mr.Hong passing,I can still remember when Hongs Takeout first opened in Wedgewood Park.The food was great and Mr.Hong even remembered me after a few years of not seeing him when the takeout was still going.I will always call it Hongs Takeout no matter how it is a used car lot.May the memories you have made over the years help you through this difficult time

To Mrs. Hong and Family
So sorry to learn of Billy’s passing.. Please accept our condolences at this sad time.. It was always nice to chat with him on the phone over the years. Thinking of you and your family at this time in our prayers. Rest In Peace, Billy.
April 13,2021

We are sorry to hear about Billy’s passing. We wish to express our sincerest condolences, Ted, Jane, Ken, Chris, Joyce, and John.

Dear Mrs, Hong and family, so sorry to hear of Mr, Hongs passing, I know he will be sadly missed,
Many memories about you both come to mind at this time,, my thoughts and prayers are with you, take care and stay safe,

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Hong’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences.

To: Caroline & Perry
Your church family on the Central Labrador Pastoral Charge is holding you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Losing a loved one at any time is difficult for everyone, and our present pandemic reality only deepens the hurt and frustration. Simply know that, while we cannot be there for you in person, we will support you in whatever way we can. It is comforting to see so many messages of support from friends near and far. Blessings to you both and your family, as you celebrate a long life, well lived.

Rev. Wayne
Happy Valley – Goose Bay

Dear Will, Minnie, Mason and family,

We are so sad to hear about this loss. Although we won’t have the chance to give our condolences in person (at least not at the present) know that we are most certainly sending you many hugs and kisses from our family to yours. These are already difficult times and I wish there was more we could do to support you as you work through this loss. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

Sending you our love and support,
The Amelio Family
(Jason, Raquel, Sophia & Francesca)

I am so sorry to hear about your loss Mrs Hong he was a very nice person I can still remember him when I delivered to your restaurant on Torbay road I worked for Lawrence Nfld may god bless

Like all kids from Scotia Ridge – the Sun Cafe was a hang out in the 1950-60 s era on Bell Island. There Billy baked those Classic Lemon Meringue pies and made the best french fries on Wabana. RIP Mr. HONG.

To Lan and family. Our condolences to you and family on Billy’s passing.. I first met Billy when he came to town many moons ago.. Over the years our families remained close and have many good memories of times spent together. May he rest in peace.

To the Hong family

My most sincere condolences to you at this sad time. Billy was a kind and gentle spirit who was very appreciative of those around him. It was always a pleasure to see him. May your memories of him provide you comfort at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear about the loss of mr Hong, I really miss seeing him at the restaurant and chatting He was always so nice to me and my family

My sincerest condolences to the Hong family. I remember his kindness as a boy when I used to stay over with William at Hong’s Takeout. Rest in peace Mr. Hong.

Our sincere condolences to the Family in this difficult time.
Philip Aue / Jane Stokes

Deepest condolences to Mrs Hong and family.. May Billy rest in peace. ????

My sincere condolences to the Hong family.
Mr. Hong was so friendly, always had an infectious smile to everyone he met and was an ardent supporter of the Wedgewood Park community. I will always have fond memories of Hong’s Take Out and the friendliness of the Hong family. Rest in Peace Mr. Hong.

We will miss Billy’s frequent calls of concern for us. We have enjoyed so many good visits and meals over the years. He was a true gentleman with wide interests who cared for others. If circumstances had permitted , we would have been there for his funeral. Thinking of you all at this very sad time with much love- June & Wendell/Mum & Dad

William and Family
So, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He and the take out were such a strong piece of the fabric known as Wedgewood Park.. To this day, when I pass by it is not a used car lot but a haven for wonderful Chinese food. Also not to be forgotten was the strong support for the Men’s softball league in Wedgewood.

Peace and blessings to you all.

Craig Morrissey and Family

To the Hong family,
We are so sorry to learn of Mr. Hong’s passing. They were our neighbours on Lambert Place for more than twenty years. They never passed our door without giving us a wave and friendly smile. Many times Mrs. Hong would visit to see the flowers in our garden and Mr. Hong always stopped and had a few words when passing our door on his way for his walk.. They were wonderful neighbours and we have missed them very much since we moved. We hope your happy memories will bring you comfort . Please accept our sincere condolences.
Linda and Ed Murphy

To the Hong Family…. My deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Hong. I remember years ago eating at your restaurant many times… it was the best and he made us feel so welcome. Smile at your wonderfu memories and remember him always.

Susan Hutchings

So sorry to hear of Billy’s passing.We had many good meals from the take out..Our son Sean and Will were good friends .Our hearts and prayers are with the family at this time.God bless you all.

Caroline and Perry,
Rosemary and I were saddened to hear of the passing
of your father and father in law. While we did not have the honour of knowing Mr. Hong personally, while in Goose Bay, we were aware of the fondness and high esteem in which he was spoken of in your home. Please accept our most sincere condolences on his passing.
Bob and Rosemary Fowler

Caroline, Perry and Mrs. Hong:
Dennis and I sends our sincere condolences at this difficult time. I meet Mr. and Mrs. Hong a few years ago and it was indeed an honour! God Bless.

Dennis and Joy White
Torbay, NL

Dear Caroline, Perry and family
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father. Sincerely, Donna and Larry Hess

Our condolences to Caroline & Perry and family during this time of sorrow.
“Gone but never forgotten “

We are sorry to hear of Caroline’s father’s death. Our thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

My condolences to Mr. Hong’s family! Spent many hours at the Sun Cafe on Belll Island many years ago while growing up and living on Bell Island. RIP Mr.. Hong

Mrs. Hong and family,

I was very sorry to hear of Mr. Hong’s passing. He was a prominent figure and friendly face around Wedgewood Park for so many years. My mom and dad proudly wore their “Hong’s Takeout” softball uniforms over the years, as he always gave back to the community. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Take care,
Leslie O’Neill (Lambe) and family

Mrs. Hong & Family,
We were sorry to read that your husband, Billy, has passed away. We still miss your store when we go into Wedgewood Park. It will always be Hong’s to us no matter what business goes there. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Mrs. Hong, Caroline, Julie and Billy,
I was saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Hong. Sincere condolences on behalf of myself and my Dad, Jim Lambe.
Every Christmas a package would arrive from your family to ours on Gleneyre Street……and oh how all of my family enjoyed any and everything we ordered from Hong’s Takeout. We were always greeted with a smile by Mr. Hong. We will remember him fondly.

To the Hong family.Sincere condolences on the loss of such a lovely man. We have wonderful memories of growing up on Bell Island and our many visits to the Sun Cafe. We last met Billy & Lan more than a year ago. Back when it was still safe to do so- – we shook hands and shared happy memories.

Dear Lan, Caroline, Julia and William,

Our family shares in your grief at the passing of Billy.

He was a good, kind man who always welcomed every person he met with a genuine smile on his face. Many will fondly remember him not only as a friend and hard worker, but also as a dedicated husband and father. We all have fond memories of our families spending time together many years ago.

May you find some comfort in knowing that Billy will now get to chat non-stop about sports and business to our father Kim.

Our heartfelt thoughts are with your family…

Mely Hong
Kwan Song Hum
David, Debbie, Derrick, Dianne & Dean Hong & families

To Caroline and family,, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Our condolences to the family on Billy’s passing.. Billy was a neighbor and good family friend to our family on Bell Island. Many great memories from our childhood. Rest peacefully with the Angels Billy.

Our deepest condolences to the Hong family. Billy and Lan were close to our family for as long as I can remember. . Have so many happy memories of many visits with them over the years including some wonderful meals. RIP Billy

I have fond memories of interactions with Mr. Hong, , during frequent visits to Sun Café, while living on Bell Island. My sincere condolences to his family. .

To Lan and family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your lovely husband..
We fondly remember you and Billy at Hon’g’s takeout.He was so kind and friendly,, always smiling.
Back in the 70’s and 80’s Hong’s was our favourite place to go for take out.as we just lived up the street in Wedgewood Park..
Sincerely Bonnie and Nick power and Family

To Lan and family
Sincere condolences to you and your family
We are so honored to have been Billy’s neighbour for 10 years and will miss your friendship. Rest in peace.

Knew Bill very well on bell island,,,spent a lot of time at his restaurant. Wonderful gentleman and a true great friend R. I. P.

So many great memories of Hong’s Take out and Mr Hong . He always had a beautiful smile on his face . Growing up in Wedgewood Park , Hong’s Take out was a big part of our lives ! My sincere condolences to Caroline , William and Julia and all of the Hong family . Rest in Peace , Mr Hong

Our sincere condolences to the family on the passing of Mr. Hong. He always had a wonderful smile. He will be missed by many!

So very sorry for your loss……remember him from Bell Island…..may he rest in peace !

My sincere condolences to all the family on the passing of a wonderful man. My first job was to babysit and then further work at Hong’s Take Out and I truly enjoyed both positions. Love to you all!

Our deepest condolences to you all. We have wonderful memories of all the Hong family when we lived just up the street from you in Wedgewood Park. Billy Hong was indeed a wonderful man and I know he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence to the family. RIP . Doreen Hammond

so sad to know of his passing was a great friend to many on Bell Island Lots of good time at the Sun Cafe

Condolences to the Family, Remember Billy from the 50,s at The Sun Cafe, Billy was a really nice person.

Deepest condolences from walt ryan Dan Fowler and jack noseworthy

Very sorry to hear about Billy’s passing, knew him when growing up on Bell Island ….RIP! Daphne Ryan

Deepest condolences to his devoted family …. his name is still spoken of with the greatest respect and beautiful memories by many people of bell Island even all these years later.

My deepest sympathies to billys wife and family and extended family . Billy had a great presence here on Bell Island and will be remembered for his hard work and running the sun cafe where so many people enjoy their food and time there . God Bless you all at this sad time , May Billy RIP