Bowie Wu, Hacken Lee, and More Bid Farewell to Lily Leung
Veteran actress Lily Leung (梁舜燕) passed away last month at the age of 90. Today, a Catholic-style memorial service—the first part in Hong Kong’s multi-step funeral rite tradition—was held to commemorate the legendary television actress who redefined femininity and grace. Lily will be cremated at the Cape Collinson Crematorium tomorrow morning.
Mourners started arriving at the service—which was held at Universal Funeral Parlour—at around 3 p.m. this afternoon. Lily’s grandson Nicholas Yuen (阮浩棕) and his family were in charge of the service. Off-white was the main color theme at the funeral service. Above Lily’s portrait were the words “Returning to Heaven” (魂歸天國). Her portrait was framed with lily wreaths. Flower wreaths from her closest family members were presented at the front; her son and daughter’s wreaths were placed in the middle. Wreaths from her godson Hacken Lee (李克勤) and goddaughter Wong Yee-lin (王綺蓮) rounded the two ends.
Many fellow artistes from the entertainment industry have also sent in wreaths, including Chow Yun-fat (周潤發), Yvonne Yung (翁虹), Adam Cheng (鄭少秋), Liza Wang (汪明荃), Law Kar-ying (羅家英), Tam Sin-hung (譚倩紅), Paw Hee-ching (鮑起靜), Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Gordon Lam (林家棟), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Emily Kwan (關寶慧), Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), Shaun Tam (譚俊彥), Melvin Wong (黃錦燊), Celine Ma (馬蹄露), Stephen Chan (陳志雲), Sylvia Lai (森森), Betty Lai (斑斑), and more. Zoie Tam (譚凱琪) and Bob Cheung (張彥博) were in tears after they paid their respects.
Veteran actor Bowie Wu (胡楓), a close friend of Lily’s, greeted the press with tears in his eyes. He described Lily’s passing as sad for many friends. “She’s always been very popular among people. She had set an example for all women. Aside from feeling sadness of her passing, I also feel a little guilt. Some years ago when we were shooting something together, we started singing “One Day When We Were Young” (by Richard Tauber) together. She had wanted to perform this song with me on television, but that never happened. Fortunately, on her birthday last year, we did sing it together. I guess there is a bit of comfort to that guilt. I hope she rests well in heaven.”
Bowie said Lily was one of the most polite people he has ever met. Every time he brings her back home, she would never forget to thank him wholeheartedly.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.