ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved teacher, Tam Sir, who left us on March 22, 2013. We will remember him forever.

Information about Mr. Tam’s vigil and funeral
Venue: 1/F, Grand Peace Funeral Parlour, 6 Cheung Hang Road, Hunghom,
Kowloon (九龍紅磡暢行道6號福澤殯儀館一樓永恆堂)
Wake and memorial service: 1 April 2013 5:00pm onwards (wake), 7:30pm(service)
Funeral ceremony: 2 April 2013 8:00am


Obituary
Mr. Tam Chi Sing, Laurence (1933-2013)  
(extracted from Wah Yan Colleage Kowloon website)

Mr. Tam Chi Sing, Laurence, our teacher from 1956 to 1971, passed away peacefully in Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 22 March 2013. 

During his time in Wah Yan College, Kowloon, Mr. Tam taught Art, English, Mathematics and Physics.  Having deep faith in the liberal spirit of Jesuit education, Mr. Tam led a new direction in art education by encouraging students to be creative rather than imitating the works of others.  WYK students were taught by him to apply their imagination and living experience into creative art, and were led to experiment western painting techniques in Chinese ink paintings.  Mr. Tam’s educational philosophy, his students’ paintings that reflect this philosophy, and his passion and dedication in promoting Chinese art have been disseminated through the publications and exhibitions of “The Cradle of New Chinese Ink Painting Movement” held in Hong Kong, Mainland China and North America.  

Being a former Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art and a dedicated promoter of Hong Kong art, Mr. Tam will be remembered for his immense contribution to the art world.  For Wah Yan College, he will be remembered by many as a great friend, a passionate teacher and a loving mentor.  May he rest in peace in the eternal love of our Lord. 

John K. Tan (Dr.) Principal

Posted by C Chan on June 26, 2016
Your devotion to art and education is much appreciated. The legacy you left behind will certainly benefit many others.
Posted by Bernard Lim on March 22, 2014
Dear Tam Sir, A year has passed since you left us, but in our hearts you are always remembered and treasured. Thank you for all your teachings, dedication and leadership, and - as our beloved Teacher !
Posted by John Tan on March 22, 2014
Tam Sir, a year has passed since your passing. Miss your passion and warmth. Bless Mrs Tam from above.
Posted by John Tan on May 19, 2013
Tam Sir, you have left us for almost two months. Whenever I see your last book that you autographed for me in the hospital, I miss you so much. I miss your wisdom, your passion, your warmth and your friendship. I can no longer seek your advice now, but from Heaven above, bless our VA development in WYK, Tam Sir.
Posted by 吳 錦 枝 on April 3, 2013
Learned of the sad news through an article paying tribute to Mr Tam in today’s Hong Kong Economic Journal 信報.
Very grateful to Mr Tam for being my teacher and F3D classmaster 44 years ago (1968/69).
RIP Mr Tam.
Posted by LEUNG TY ANTHONY on April 1, 2013
Dear TAM Sir,
  In 1971, when you taught us Trigonometry in F3D, you said that the trigonometric ratios were used by painting artists to achieve perspectives in their pictures. What a beautiful merging of teaching Arts using mathematical models! May you rest in God's peace.
Posted by Ian Yip on April 1, 2013
I met Tam sir during lunch with several retired WYK teachers when I visited HK 2 yrs ago. He talked enthusiastically about various art projects and gave me a booklet on paintings by Wah Yan students he collected and exhibited all over the world. Tam Sir, your teaching have touched and will be remembered by generations of your students. Rest in Peace.
From Los Angeles, Ian Yip WYK '80
Posted by Michael Kin Ping Yang on March 31, 2013
A brilliant scholar, a patient teacher. We miss you, Sir.
Posted by Siu Tai Shek on March 31, 2013
With every respect and deepest appreciation.
Thank you Tam Sir.
May you rest in peace!
Posted by Chi Kin Wong on March 31, 2013
Below is from 梁培熾教授:
「得接来函,心如石擊,對志成兄離世,悲痛异常,痛失良師畏友,至哀难言;并请转知 令慈,祈為节哀顺变。
梁培熾及家人鞠躬」
Posted by Vincent Lee on March 30, 2013
Because of Tam Sir, The University of Alberta Library, and every school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with a Chinese Immersion Program has in its library a set of his books "The Cradle of New Chinese Ink Painting Movement" in English and in Chinese. He was my Form Master in Form 3, and my mathematics teacher in Form 4. Thank you Sir!
Vincent P. Lee, WYK 1965
Posted by Yuen Wah Chu on March 30, 2013
Dear Mr Tam, may you rest in peace.
Posted by David Kin Wai Siu on March 29, 2013
Tam Sir, we thank you for teaching us, at our early teenage, that there is more in life than just mathematics, English language, science subjects or football. You sowed the seeds of artistic appreciation and presentation in our young, developing minds. You’ve made us better persons, whatever roles we’re playing in society today. We are forever indebted to you, our beloved teacher.
Posted by Lai Ching Wong on March 29, 2013
念譚志成教授

記得去年三月, 香港社企Healthy Kids 資助我校孩子參加狄恆神父的生日聚會, 有幸在活動中認識了譚志成教授, 印象中, 滿頭白髮的教授, 面上掛著暖暖的笑容, 當時他滔滔地, 神彩地為在場的文德師生談及他對藝術的觀點和分享他欣賞藝術的角度, 就連我這們這群個對藝術認識不深的 聽眾, 也被他的誠懇和親和力吸引了! 記得當日跟教授話別時, 曾邀約他到我校為孩子作分享, 他亦禮貌地答允了. 雖然是首次見面, 他給我們留下清晰的回憶.

譚教授一生貢獻教育, 他不單授以學術, 更傳予藝術, 他積極引領及鼓勵學生勇於創作, 建立自我風格, 他的身教言教, 薰陶了不少門進, 影響了不少學生. 他實在是教育工作者的階模, 令人敬佩!

我和我的師生們會默默為可敬的譚教授祝禱, 願他主懷安息, 永享天恩. 願教授的家人也在主內平安!


慈雲山聖文德天主教小學
黃校長
Posted by 聖文德 天主教小學 on March 29, 2013
附上本校的心意卡。我校全體教職工及學生向譚志成教授獻上最後敬意,願老師主懷安息。

聖文德天主教小學
Posted by Tai Chi Lam on March 28, 2013
Browsing your marvelous book "The Cradle of New Chinese Ink Painting Movement" (a gift from a 1972 classmate) 12 time zones away from Hong Kong is awakening. 
We are deeply touched by your endeavor.
May you rest in peace.
Posted by Edwin Cheung on March 28, 2013
譚Sir,還記得您在美術堂上,將同學們的功課作品一一展示,解說,讚許。您對同學們的愛心,耐心及對美術的熱誠將永存在我們內心,願您主懷安息!
Posted by Eddie Yim on March 28, 2013
傳揚新法 興我水墨 澤及國族
中華藝術、教育之光
譚志成老師永垂不朽!
Posted by Yun Po, Robert Chang on March 27, 2013
Dear Tam Sir, Your deep passion for art education and students will forever stay in the mind of your students and many friends. We will miss you.
Posted by Andrew Lau on March 26, 2013
Miss you and RIP..最深刻是譚老師教我們的很多做人道理..
Posted by Eddie Yim on March 26, 2013
主召清明藝楫沉, 鐸聲遺繞渡頭琴.
 學壇老棣傳新法,美館同袍敬毅心;
   思重自由推創寫,畫抨固步棄摹臨.
       佈書厥盡餘心力,長使英雄淚滿襟.
                許灼勳 敬輓
Posted by Eddie Yim on March 26, 2013
譚志成老師對<新水墨畫運動>的願景和目標:

“期望畫展的延續展出,能成為推廣現代中小學美學教育的範例和榜樣,從而喚起在學同學和在職美術教師對中國水墨繪畫的關注和興趣,讓中國水墨畫在香港以至海內外中小學美學課程中確立適當的地位;亦期望藉著這些活動讓世人知道九龍華仁書院在學校教育嶺域以外的中國近代藝術史上,有不可磨滅的貢獻。”

自2006年未首度在港展出以降,譚老師倡導的「新水墨畫運動」已實實在在地匯聚成滾滾洪流,為中國水墨藝術教育做出了貢獻。
Posted by Patrick Hsu on March 26, 2013
For whom the bell tolls ... Mr. Tam r.i.p.
By the camp fire site we sang...
For he is a jolly good fellow
   for he is a jolly good fellow
      for he is a jolly good fellow
   and so say all of us ..
Posted by Wan Benny on March 26, 2013
今天,梁健平老師與立法局的莫乃光議員親自帶領著中港兩地的校園小記者全體為您默哀一分鐘,您對教育的熱誠以及為社會作出的貢獻,我們是永不會忘記的! 願譚Sir主懷安息。
Posted by Samuel Choi on March 25, 2013
譚老師承傳新水墨畫, 推廣創新教學法,不遺餘力,稱老師為
萬世師表,實至名歸。願老師主懷安息。
Posted by Chi Kin Wong on March 25, 2013
Dear Tam Sir, we all missed you. You are always on our minds.
Posted by 顥天 潘 on March 25, 2013
May you rest in peace in the hands of our Lord.
And may your present and past students bless and be Blessed by the Almighty.

Shalom,
James
WYK, 1974

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Recent Tributes
Posted by C Chan on June 26, 2016
Your devotion to art and education is much appreciated. The legacy you left behind will certainly benefit many others.
Posted by Bernard Lim on March 22, 2014
Dear Tam Sir, A year has passed since you left us, but in our hearts you are always remembered and treasured. Thank you for all your teachings, dedication and leadership, and - as our beloved Teacher !
Posted by John Tan on March 22, 2014
Tam Sir, a year has passed since your passing. Miss your passion and warmth. Bless Mrs Tam from above.
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My cousin Laurence

Shared by C Y JOE on April 1, 2013
Our friendship went far beyond just kinship.  Despite our growing up in very different circumstances, there was initially that bond of kinship, but beyond that there was this sharing of basic values of integrity, family, and all the many other attributes which equate to human decency.  

His warmth and good cheer will always be remembered.  The attached picture was taken in April, 2009 in Toronto at the exhibit of the Cradle of New Chinese Ink Painting.
 

Condolence from Mr Anthony HO 何 鎮 源 (in Toronto)

Shared by Chi Kin Wong on April 1, 2013

Father Deignan, Father Chow, 各 位 Laurence 的 親 友:

我 是 何 鎮 源, 現 居 多 倫 多。今 日 (1 Apr 2013) 未 能 和 你 們 一 起 送 別 我 六 拾 年 親 如 兄 弟 的 老 朋 友, 是 我 永 久 的 遣 憾。

我 和 Laurence 五 拾 年 代 在 羅 富 國 師 範 學 院 先 後 受 訓 , 他 是 我 的 師 兄。 我 們 先 後 到 九 龍 華 仁 書 院 教 書。 其 後 我 們 先 後 獲 英 國 文 化 委 員 會 獎 學 金 到 英 國 進 修 英 文 教 學 法 ,回 港 後 在 九 華 繼 續 任 教 。當 年 九 華 的教 員 室 是 一 間 大 房 ,內 放 拾 餘 張 工 作 檯 每 檯 兩 位 或 四 位 教 員 共 用,Laurence 與 我 同 檯 工 作 十 多 年 無 間。

Laurence 於 1972 離 職 往 政 府 工 作 ,展 開 他 新 的 成 功 一 頁。 我 與 Laurence 兄 弟 般 的 情 誼 保 持 如 昔。

Laurence 於 九 零 後 到 多 倫 多 定 居, 我 們 和 九 華 同 學 聚 會 多, 當 日 的 師 生 成 為 親 切 的 朋 友。

上 星 期 Laurence 去 世 的 消 息, 立 即 綱 絡 傳 出。各 地 的 朋 友 ,同 學 悼 念 譚 Sir 的 電 郵 紛 紛 傳 送 ,追 思 師 生 之 歲 月, 感 謝 老 師 的 教 誨, 為 老 師 在 藝 術 教 育 作 出 的 貢 獻 致 敬 ,全 是 肺 腑 之 言, 訴 之 於 文, 於 詩 歌。我 將 之 放 在 多 倫 多 舊 生 會 的 網 上, 作 為 永 久 的 懷 念。

多 謝 上 主 給 我 Laurence 這 位 兄 弟。

Margaret, Vincent, Simon, 請 節 哀 順 變。

願 主 與 你 們 同 在。

Anthony HO 何 鎮 源 (in Toronto)

Condolence to the Tam family from The Honourable Philip Siu Lun LEE 李紹麟, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Shared by Chi Kin Wong on April 1, 2013

Dear Members of the Tam Family, 

I am saddened to hear that another great teacher, Mr. Larence Tam,  has left this world.  Tam taught me physics in Form 3, and I will forever remember his teachings.  My earlier career as a scientist was greatly influenced by the fine teachers at Wah Yan College Kowloon.  I was fortunate enough to have reacquainted with Mr. Tam a few years ago in Toronto.  He kindly presented one of his books to me, and it is currently treasured in the library at Manitoba's Government House.  At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Tam's family, friends, colleagues and students. He was a good teacher, a scholar and an artist. We shall all miss him.
 
The Honourable Philip S. Lee, C.M., O.M.,LL.D.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

以下是在加拿大中部Manitoba省現任第二十四屆省督 李紹麟 先生所發出的哀悼。原文是英文,以下是中文翻譯﹕

當收到這位受人尊敬的譚老師離開世界的噩訊時,我深感遺憾。當年譚老師是我中三物理科的導師,我將會永遠記住他的教誨。我早年做科學家的原因,就是受到九龍華仁各位好老師的薰陶。

直至好幾年前才慶幸地在多倫多與譚老師重聚,他把一本他寫的書送贈給我,那本書現成為省督府的珍藏。

此時,我與譚老師的家人、親友、同事及學生一起悼念譚老師,為他禱告。譚老師是一位循循善誘的好老師,是一位學者,也是一位藝術家。我們會永永遠遠的懷念他!