January 7, 1922 - August 7, 2015
As a young child among the middle of his siblings, he learned to be very independent after his parents died. He loved learning and took an opportunity traveling to Japan for his college education. Before finishing his study, the war broke out and he was drafted by Japan. He was deployed to South Asia like many others, under colonial ruling. He returned to Taiwan shortly after his older brother was killed during an alliance bombing.
He married Yueh-Chiao shortly after an arranged date, an old fashioned tradition in their culture. Even though they dated for such a short period of time, the marriage undoubtedly lasted. Together, they raised a family with five children, three girls and two boys.
Ming trained himself to be an engineer opposite of his education in political science. With his engineering skill and interest, he led his company by designing and manufacturing parts for the military. He loved his work and continued working before he retired at 70 years old.
Even though there were times the family struggled financially, he and she managed to send all five children to college. They even supported each ones’ pursuit of higher education in the United States. He witnessed all of his children and grandchildren taking up careers as engineers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and consultants. The importance of becoming a contributing citizen also extended to the younger generation as well. He and Yueh-Chiao had 10 grandchildren, and all of the younger ones are carrying on the passion they had kindled. That is the treasure and pride he cherished most, as he said often.
Ming enjoyed outdoor sports, playing basketball when he was younger, and hiking and fishing later. He never said “I am too old to do . . . things”. At the age of 70, he joined a group of young people and hiked up the Jade Mountain, one of the highest peaks in Taiwan. However, his lifelong passion was fishing, which lasted for more than six decades. He was an avid fisherman. Anything to deal with fishing was serious business to him and he made it known that his knowledge and passion was second to none. In the past, he even raised earthworms for baits, crafted his own fishing hooks and rods, and weaved fishing nets to suit his own style of fishing.
After he moved from Taiwan to California, 20 years ago, he continued his fishing expeditions. He would study the route of public transportation and took bus rides to California’s coasts, lakes and rivers. He’d even take exhausting trips that might require multiple bus transfers, spending more than half a day only to be able to enjoy less than a couple of hours of fishing. That’s what he enjoyed. To him it was worth it.
His fondness of fishing never faded. He moved to Dallas and resided here at Signature Pointed about three and a half years ago. During this time he was recovering from a sudden illness. Regardless, he retained his passion for fishing and kept his gear ready to go. He Googled the near-by lakes and ponds and even planned to purchase a small boat and scooter – exemplifying his own independence and desire.
After dealing for two years of being weathered with heart problems, his health finally strengthened and became relatively stable. That allowed him to enjoy a peaceful, worry-free retirement. He often said this ‘borrowed time’ was a gift from God. To acclimate to his new surroundings, he relearned a different language, used new hi-tech gadgets, met new friends, and gave up eating Chinese food every day. He did all of this with an open heart and open mind. Ultimately, he’d always let us know how thankful he was for this ‘borrowed time’.
He departed without saying ‘good-bye’ because he knew he would stay in the hearts of those he touched and encountered. This time, he left this world to explore another new world as he had done before. He will keep living a good life as he said often.
Ming Wu – being remembered at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 24, 2015 at Signature Pointe on the Lake located 14655 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75254.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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