Mr. Wai Ching Chung was killed on that crystal clear September morning shortly after being hit by falling debris while waiting for the Manhatten shuttle that on any other day before had taken him to his office at Paine Webber in Weehawken, N.J., where he was a vice president.
His coworker Mark Turner wrote: “Wai and I would sometimes ride into work on the Path train together. We didn't speak much but he always had a smile and a pleasant spirit. I, and the rest of his fellow employees miss him but still have his smile embedded in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are continuously with his family.”
This sentiment is often repeated by those who worked with him, including his boss Jon Worth “You couldn’t not like him” he said, recalling the quiet, gentle and shy spirit of his fallen colleague. And it was some time before his office had the heart to take down the sympathy cards that came in or even to disturb his desk.
A dedicated worker, Wai only took the occasional extended weekend and counted those as his vacation time. He never wanted to be away long in case there was a database malfunction or some such.
Those who knew him well could tell you of his intelligent wit and the sweet manner he took with his nieces and nephews who he enjoyed spending time with.
He also had a meticulous sharp mind with a near photographic memory, and loved reading everything he could regarding both science and history.
Mr. Chung, who immigrated from Hong Kong as a child, lived in Brooklyn with his parents Ying-kwan and Pui-Ling Chung and his younger brother Richard, he also is survived by his sister Julie Tam, and her family.
Tragically his lovely niece Maurita Tam also was killed that day while working on the 99th floor of Tower 2 at her new job as an executive assistant for Aon Corp. By all accounts she was destined for great things, she was an accomplished singer and gifted with languages as well as a financial wizard on the rise! She was 22.
In the words of her mother Julie: “My brother Wai Ching Chung and my daughter, Maurita Tam...you will always be loved and remembered.”
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