James Fong

James Fong Sr.

Sunday, February 23rd, 1936 - Saturday, January 9th, 2021
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James Fong, Sr.

James Fong, Sr. peacefully passed away in his home at the Asbury Methodist Village on January 9, 2021. In his 80s, God miraculously healed him from two bouts of liver cancer (stages I and IV) and allowed him to reside comfortably in Kindley Assisted Living, until going home to be with the Lord, at the age of 84.

James was born on February 23, 1936, to Tom Lung and Kim Leung Fong, in Toisan, China (Canton province). He was the middle of three children, attended school in China until the age of 15 and then immigrated to the US in the 1950s. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C., he went on to study Electrical Engineering at the George Washington University. Later, he received his Master’s in Software Engineering from the American University. His lifetime professional career consisted of 38 years with the US Federal Government in the Department of Defense. He was both a successful Electronics and Software Engineer in the Naval Electronic Systems Command (25 years) and the Army Material Command (13

James married Mary Ly from Iloilo, Philippines, on September 10, 1960. They went on to have three children— James Jr., Peter and Eleanor, and raised them in Potomac, Maryland. After retiring at the age of 59, James enjoyed various part-time jobs, and joined his wife in a love for music. Together they attended the Gaithersburg Chinese Alliance Church, served in the choir and participated in various fellowship groups. James also sung in the Asbury choir and the Montgomery County Community Center Chinese Choir. Additionally, James enjoyed reading about current events, talking about ancient and modern-day Chinese history and watching the Washington Wizards with his sons. He was a dedicated husband, wonderful father and provider for his family. He will be remembered for his strong moral character and sense of responsibility, practical advice, gentle and kind demeanor and a constant heart of gratitude.

James was predeceased by his parents, Tom Lung and Kim Leung, wife Mary Ly Fong, and sisters Ching Yip and Susan Kuo. He is survived by children, James Fong, Jr (spouse Carol), Peter Ly Fong (spouse Stephanie) and Eleanor Fong Lo (spouse Ted); and his seven grandchildren.

Special thanks to: all the staff in Kindley Assisted Living and Asbury Methodist Village; the Interim Caregivers and hospice staff at Montgomery Hospice who watched over James this past year; Dr. Chitra Rajagopal and her oncology staff; Emily Sy, Yvonne Russell and Kitty Chang for preparing food for James when needed; the members from the Gaithersburg Chinese Alliance church for visiting and praying for James and all family and friends who supported James these past years.

Due to the current pandemic, and for the safety of all family and friends, a private burial will take place at the Gate of Heaven cemetery. There will be no memorial service. At an undetermined date, the Fong family will hold a small celebration of life gathering honoring James.

Family and friends are welcome to leave online thoughts and memories for the Fong family on the Thibadeau website under Obituary Listings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Gaithersburg Chinese Alliance Church. There are website links below.
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    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    13801 Georgia Ave
    Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
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Abigail Kuo

Posted at 12:45pm
Uncle James & Family,
I'll always remember your kindness, caring spirit and wonderful smile! You lived a rich, long and fulfilling life and always took great care of your family. May the joyful memories of our family gatherings, especially Chinese New comfort you now. Glad we were able to see other over the past few years and stay in touch. God bless you all and provide you peace, love and solace.
Respectfully, Abby


Posted at 08:03am
Dear Gong gong,
Thank you for quite literally creating the circumstances that allowed me to exist today. From always being proud of your Chinese heritage, to immigrating to the States, and being my moms dad...the list goes on. What I admire most about you is your calm and kind temperament throughout the best and worst that life threw at you. You remind me everyday to enjoy the simple things in life like singing, eating seafood, or just watching some good old television. May you rest in peace and I am sure Waipo is excited to see you.
Love you always,
-Tiffany Lo

Margie Vehemente

Posted at 08:11pm
For Uncle James,
We knew Uncle James as a quiet but kind uncle when we grew up (this is when we (Ly cousins) were probably under 10 years old). I remember that you and Auntie Mary opened up your house to us during family parties and our aunts and uncles and little cousins gathered together. Thank you for the beautiful memories and for giving us all the greatest opportunity to live in the U.S. from the Philippines. This happened because you and Auntie Mary supported all of us to move over. May your soul eternally rest in peace and let perpetual light shine upon you. For Jimmy, Peter and Ellie, We pray to the Lord for He shall give you peace and comfort during this time. 💞With love,
Margie, Ritchie, Brandon and Noah Vehemente💞

Ted Lo

Posted at 06:13pm
Dear GongGong,

RIP and we know you are now at a better place, reuniting with Waipo & rest of your family & the Lord. We will see you again one day so until then,
we love you and miss you. Ted


Lawrence Ly

Posted at 05:40pm
May you rest in peace Uncle James. I will always remember how kind you were to me but I will never forget your tremendous smile. :-)

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