Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I miss you already

One week ago today, we lost our beloved grandfather. Though he's left us in presence, he will ALWAYS be with us in spirit. He would have been happy to know that it wasn't blisteringly hot the day he was buried, in fact it was quite cool and we think he may have had something to do with that. We celebrated his life and what a wonderful man he was. We laughed, we cried, we shared stories and we went to Chinese buffet.

Robert Eng

Robert Len Him Eng, born in Suey Kong Village, China on August 28, 1923 entered into rest at the age of 87 on April 26, 2011. He is survived by his loving daughters, Mayline, Elizabeth, Judy and Pricilla, sons Albert Eng and Kenneth Eng, and sons-in-law William and Raul. He is the grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include sister, Jin Lui of San Francisco, California, sisters-in-law Angie Louis and Clara Garcia Fuentes, and nephews G.C. (Jay) Ng and numerous nieces and nephews in San Antonio and San Francisco. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Hortencia Garcia Eng, his parents, 4 siblings and son-in-law, Al Hogan. At the age of 14, after traveling alone 19 days, on a ship from China to California, he arrived in San Antonio in 1938. He attended an American school and also attended the Chinese school while working alongside his father and brothers at Sunny Side Grocery Store. It was there that he learned his great work ethic. He eventually moved to Laredo, Texas where he managed the Shanghai Café and that was where he met his future wife. They lived in Laredo until 1965, when they moved to San Antonio, where he worked at family-owned Tai Shan Restaurant. Eventually, he retired in 1995 from HEB Grocery. In his retirement he enjoyed traveling to China, San Francisco, Mexico City, and taking cruises with family and friends, Lon and Diana Potter. He enjoyed cooking for his family, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. The family extends its appreciation to the medical staff at CTRC, especially his chemotherapy nurse, Terry. Also thanks to the staff at 2d Baptist Medical Center, especially nurses Matt and Sandy. Extra special thanks to Maria Elena Gonzalez for her love and care for the past five years. Visitation will begin at the Alamo Funeral Home on Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, May 2, 2011, at Alamo Funeral Home and interment will follow at Mission Burial Park South on S.E. Military Drive.

We miss you so much already. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. I'm so proud I got to know you from the eyes of a child and from the eyes of an adult. I loved riding roller coasters with you as much as hearing you discuss politics. I'll miss knowing how much the cost of a hot dog and a baseball ticket were in the '40s. I'll miss your boisterous laugh, your sharp wit and knowing how proud you were of us. I'm so thankful to have had such an amazing grandfather. I'll still come visit you and you will always live on in the stories we will tell about you. I love you.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your Pop. It sounds like you had such a wonderful relationship with him. I never knew my grandfather and I always wish I could have met him just once. It's so great that you got to spend so much time with him before he left, and I'm so sad for you and your family.

  2. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing this!