In Celebration of

Roger Wong

October 31, 1988 -  June 13, 2017

Although Roger was born in Toronto, his family moved to the Big Island of Hawaii when he was a baby. He grew up in Waikoloa, a local boy full of Aloha. He was nicknamed “Roger the Famous” in kindergarten — a title that became him.

Roger's charismatic personality, beautiful smile, and warm heart won him steadfast love and friendship every step of the way.

His return to Toronto was during a challenging period in his life; it was here that his journey with recovery from addictions began. Roger came to know true joy in recovery, but ultimately the disease of addiction overcame him.

His mother Irene, his father Henry, his younger brother Brandon, all of his Scottish and Chinese relatives, his Hawaiian Ohana, and his adopted family and friends in recovery cherished him. He was fiercely loved and will be deeply missed by all of us.

Services will be held at:
Turner & Porter Funeral Home
2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M68 IP4
Monday, June 26, at 3pm
There will be visitation from 2 to 3, with the chapel doors closing at 3pm to begin the service.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to:
Renascent Rehab
Alpha House Toronto


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Laurie Revell -Pollock (friend)

Entered June 20, 2017 from Toronto

Dear Henry, Irene and Brandon, wish I had the perfect words of comfort to heal your broken hearts. Please be gentle on yourselves and know that Roger's bright light is only dimmed. Love Laurie and John Pollock

Deirdre mac dermott (Family friend)

Entered June 20, 2017 from Philadelphia, PA, USA

Roger was a lovely, charming young man. I only met him a couple of times but felt like I knew him well through Irene's stories. He was much loved and will be much missed. My heartfelt condolences to Irene, Henry and Brandon. RIP Roger.

Teresa P Haggis (Friend)

Entered June 20, 2017


David Palmer (Friend)

Entered June 20, 2017 from Kamuela, hawaii

I'm so sorry, Irene and eldest son, Eli, has struggled with addictions including OxyContin and heroin and in and out of several rehab centers over the last dozen years. Several times he was at deaths door and I feared losing him. There is nothing worse than watching your child and loved one in the clutches of addiction.He's "clean" for now, but as you well know, it's one day at a time......I will keep you and Roger in my prayers

Robert edgett (housemate at alpha house)

Entered June 20, 2017 from toronto

A short time can have an enormous impact. Mahalo my brother.

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Irene Paterson 

Entered July 17, 2017

This picture was taken at Kona Airport when we landed on The Big Island of Hawaii in 1990. We went to visit Aunty Jenifer, with us in the picture.
It was a two week vacation, that lasted 17 years for me and 20 years for Roger.
We were so blessed with Love and Aloha.


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