Mr. Yee Quon (Jack) Tom

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“Three years have gone by, and hardly a day goes by that I don't think of you. Miss you so much. Love, Homer ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Homer Tom - Son

“Listening to your favorite CDs today, thinking of you. I miss you so much. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Homer Tom - son

“Thinking of you on your birthday. We had a big dinner last night in your honor and we visited your grave. It was a beautiful day and the flowers...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Homer Tom

“My father was a hard-working man who, along my mother, tried their best to make a good life for an immigrant couple raising a family. They succeeded...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Homer - Sunland, CA - son

“Dad, I'll always remember you kindness and patience with your grandson Nathan. You were always eager to proudly display pictures of him and eager to...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Stanley J. Tom - Costa Mesa, CA

“What I will remember most about Bak Bak is that he always had a smile on his face, an infectious laugh and lived life to the fullest. He loved a good...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Bonnie Tom - Monterey Park, CA

“I am an old friend of Mr. Tom's son, Homer. I live in Atlanta, Georgia now. While I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him, I do know that he...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Sheri Mann Stewart - GA

“Uncle Jack was the most loving person I have ever known. He was always willing and ready to help other people. Through his kindness he touched the...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Chi Chin - Riverside, CA - Nephew

“Jack, Being your daughter-in-law has been both an honor and a blessing for me these past 17 years. You and Dora welcomed me into your family long...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Joni Tom - Costa Mesa, CA

“I have many fond memories of visiting the Tom family home. Classical music filled the air, and friends were welcomed with delicious food and the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen Howlett - Boulder Creek, CA

“Jack and Dora warmly welcomed us to our new home 23 years ago and we have been friends and next door neighbors ever since. Jack personally planted...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Javier & Kathy Zavaleta - CA

“With eternal love to my father. I will miss you but know that you are in a better place and will be reunited with you someday. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Homer - Sunland, CA - son

Mr. Yee Quon ("Jack") Tom was born eldest of seven in Guangdong Province, China on August 24, 1925. At 19, during China's conflict with Japan, he left home to pursue his goals and ambitions. He was employed with various government agencies including Yuebei Iron Factory Accounting Department, Quijiang Wushi Training Department, and the Yangjiang County Taxation Department among others. After WW II, he worked in the Cashier's Division at Guangzhou's Sun Yet-Sen University. Mr. Tom arrived in Los Angeles in 1951 to work at his father's restaurant. In 1956, along with friends, he opened the Taoyaun Restaurant in Chinatown. In 1958, he returned to Hong Kong to marry Dora Chan. The newlyweds returned to Los Angeles to start a family. After the closure of Taoyaun Restaurant, Jack was employed as the chief chef at the famous Kowloon and Wan-Q Restaurants on the Westside. After 40 years in the restaurant business, Jack retired to focus on fruit trees and cultivating orchids. He especially enjoyed reading, listening to classical music, watching NBA basketball, and recreational cooking. In life, he always treated others amicably, with friendship. He took care of his wife, sons, and siblings with love. Jack believed he lived a good life, with a virtuous wife, with filial children, and experienced happiness and longevity. He is survived by and missed by Dora, wife of 55 years, his sons Stanley and Homer, daughter in law Joni, grandson Nathan, and his remaining brother and sisters in the U.S. and China.