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 JayneStars.com.