Hundreds of Stars Attend Sir Run Run Shaw’s Memorial Service

Although Sir Run Run Shaw (邵逸夫) passed away on January 7, 2014, his legacy will remain alive. Yesterday, more than 400 people attended the Shaw Brothers and TVB founder’s memorial service. While the ceremony was simple, the photographs in the assembly hall and flowers sent by friends reflected Sir Run Run’s eventful life.

Sir Run Run’s second wife, Mona Fong (方逸華), was the first one to arrive at 9 a.m., closely followed by Virginia Lok (樂易玲), Anderson Junior (安德尊), and Astrid Chan (陳芷菁). After Sir Run Run’s two sons arrived, Mona stepped out to greet the guests.

Throughout the day, veteran artists and artists from the current generation came to pay their respects. Most donned black outfits, and appeared to be deeply saddened. Evidently some were more affected than others. Liu Jia Chang (劉家昌) arrived with teary eyes and immediately knelt in front of Sir Run Run’s photo and bowed. Touched by his actions, both Mona and Virginia did the same. Later when interviewed, Liu Jia Chang expressed, “I miss him; I’ll always be mourning for him!”

Eric Tsang (曾志偉) was also heavily affected by the death of Sir Run Run. “I told myself that there will be a lot of people from the press here today; I shouldn’t be so sad. Miss Fong told us to maintain a good mood and atmosphere for the ceremony, and shouldn’t be too sullen. But when I saw Sir Run Run’s photo, I couldn’t help but to internally weep. He contributed a lot to the television industry, he’ll always be remembered!”

Besides Nick Cheung (張家輝), who left TVB a long time ago, many artists took the day off to pay their respect, including, Kate Tsui (徐子珊), Liza Wang (汪明荃), Tavia Yeung (楊怡), and Bosco Wong (黃宗澤). Veteran actors such as Jacky Cheung (張學友), Adam Cheng (鄭少秋), Ng Man Tat (吳孟達), and Ray Lui (呂良偉) also attended.  Singer, Paula Tsui (徐小鳳) bowed in front of Sir Run Run’s picture and gave her condolences to the family.

Sir Run Run lived a fruitful life for 106 years, and will always be remembered by all those who have been affected by his efforts and contributions in Chinese film and television.


This article is written by Su for

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  1. Rest in Peace, Sir Run Run. You will always be thanked and remembered for what you have done for the television industry.

      1. No, more like 100,000+ people with current & ex-TVB employees and connections.

      2. of course i exagger a little but i think he has more admirers than you ever can imagine,even the chairman of china send him blessings.

      3. His wife Mona is the one that does the most work. Thanks to her.

    1. No, that’s not the correct number in terms of attendees. There were 400 seats total in the facility for people to sit down if they wanted to, but the entire service was from 10am to 6pm, so there were people coming and going throughout the day. I honestly don’t think they kept track of how many people were in attendance, but it was definitely way more than 400. A few of the other articles that reported on the memorial talked about this, so not sure if the above article was just translated incorrectly…

      1. Also, some people came to pay their respects and then left without sitting down and mingling, so the number of seats in the facility is definitely NOT a good indication of how many people attended.

  2. Rest in peace dear Sir Run Run. Everyone will forever be thankful and grateful for all that you did and all of the happiness you bought to many people! You will truly be remembered and missed by many.

    He seemed like such a sweet and humble man. I thought more people would come since he was so known and famous in the industry.

  3. RIP Sir! Thank you for everything that you have done! You will never be forgotten! Your legacy will remain in our hearts!

  4. sir run run is our true role model of the generation…what he did with charity has helped many chinese…

    actually, does anyone know if the TVB lady (maybe 70s++) who always attend the TVB anniversary events where at the end she been invited to pop champagne attends this memorial..and anyone has idea who is she? she is not Mona..

    Charles Chan of TVB boss also attended this event right?

    1. I believe that it’s Mrs. Lee Hau-Wo, one of the shareholders and board members of TVB. She is always dressed up very elegantly in pretty Chinese Cheung Sam.

      1. She is the wife of Harold Lee Hau Wo,one of TVB’s co-founders and former chairman. Sir Run Run Shaw became chairman after his death.

      2. I did not know that Lee Hau Wo was one of the co-founders of TVB. I know Mrs. Lee enjoys a very high status in TVB, like one of the major shareholders.

        Thanks for the information.

      3. wow…thanks guys for the info…yes..she is indeed very high elegant and have the charismatic aristocrate air and look…she maintain her look very well if she is indeed that old… mona fong also maintain her look very well

  5. He outlived so many young actresses, actors and directors of the old Shaw Movie Town.

  6. Raymond Lam wasn’t present to pay his respects!! What a jerk!

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