ForeverMissed
his Life

San Francisco Native with Aloha Spirit

Steven Richard Fung was born to Frederick F. and Elsie F. Fung on July 10, 1952 in San Francisco, CA.   Raised in the City, Steve attended Roosevelt Jr. High and George Washington High School.  He made friends easily, was quite popular, and enjoyed a wide variety of activities.  Early on, Steve also exhibited a love of the great outdoors. Kayaking, hiking, mountain bike riding, and body surfing were some his favorite recreational pastimes.  Steve was just as comfortable in crowds as he was alone with nature. Each experience was "go with the flow" for him. 
Hawaii became a second home for Steve, especially in the early 1970s, when he worked as a chef at the La Ronde Revolving Restaurant in the Ala Moana Building. He loved cooking and fine cuisine. In that way, Steven took after after his father Fred, who was manager of Trader Vic's in Oakland/Emeryville, CA. for many years.   After moving to Redding California, Steven still traveled to San Francisco to visit his parents and to Hawaii.

Life was good, and then Steven faced one of the biggest challenges of his life when, in 1994,  he developed cardiomyopathy, resulting in a heart transplant. He always felt grateful for that precious gift of a donor heart that allowed him to live his life to the fullest.  Many years later, Steven received a second catastrophic diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. The PD was ultimately reassessed instead to being a very rare and progressive form of movement disorder.  Steven died from this condition on October 9, 2020.

He is survived by his mother Elsie, sister Donna, daughter Anna, nephew David Pansullo, and many family members and friends. 

Dedication

A Song Dedicated to Steven 

 For Good
(from "Wicked") 

I'm limited
Just look at me
I'm limited
And just look at you
You can do all I couldn't do
Glinda
So now it's up to you
For both of us
Now it's up to you
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those
Who help us most to grow if we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes the sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So, let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a hand print on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have rewritten mine
By being my friend
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
But because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done, you blame me for
But then I guess
We know there's blame to share
And none of it seems to matter anymore
Like a comet pulled from orbit (like a ship blown from its mooring)
As it passes the sun (by a wind off the sea)
Like a stream that meets a boulder (like a seed dropped by a bird)
Halfway through the wood (in the wood)
Who can say if I've been changed for the better
I do believe I have been changed for the better
And because I knew you
Because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed
For good
Songwriter: Stephen Lawrence Schwartz