Tang Sifu (1927-2014)


Dad passed away two weeks ago – on the first day of Chinese New Year 2014. I flew out to Melbourne for some Tourism Malaysia commitments a few hours later, came home in time for the funeral, then flew out again for Malaysia a few days after that for work. I got back yesterday, was hit with a high fever, popped some pills and went to bed. Worked all day today feeling under the weather throughout, then popped more painkillers and took a nap.

I’d been thinking on the way home that I should pay my stepmom a visit tomorrow, and with that in my consciousness, I dreamt that’s what I did. In my dream, my dad was there, in his study – and he greeted me with a big smile. And he was healthy, and studying the Bible.

I miss you, Dad.





5 thoughts on “Tang Sifu (1927-2014)

  1. I am saddened to hear of your father’s death. May I ask if he was the same Sifu Tang who lived in western Sydney during the 1990’s? I recognise him from the photos you have posted. If so, I was a student of his for a number of years and was part of a group who practiced at his house each Saturday morning.

    • Hello Jim, thanks for the comment; yes, my dad did teach Tai Chi from his Hinchinbrook home throughout the 90s and also at his local church right up until he took ill a couple of years ago. Thanks for reaching out 🙂

      • Hello Jackie, thank you for confirming that. It has been 15 years since I left Sydney but I seem to recall his house at that time was in or near Edensor Park, I cant quite remember. I do remember the big fish pond and the large tea pot Sifu would serve from during the break in practice. It was a wonderful group of people and, despite some language barriers, they were always very welcoming of me. I didnt miss a saturday morning for 4 years. Sifu was a wonderful teacher, ever patient, ever encouraging. I am truly sorry for your loss.
        All the best for the future.

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