My Top 10 Fondest Memories of Ed Wickberg,
by Hayne Wai November 2008
10. At a Chinese restaurant, as our Chinese speaking friend failed to join us, we realized that we would have to order by ourselves. So, with Ed’s written academic Chinese and my limited Cantonese, we ordered and the meal turned out fine.
9. Inviting us for coffee, Ed informed of his plans for a new Chinese Canadian historical society with a constitution, board of directors, research, education programs, funding, budgets, website, etc. I replied, “are you crazy, do you know how much work it’ll be!......and how can we help? And we both laughed and smiled.
8. When as secretary of the new CCHS, I submitted board minutes to president Ed, he returned them with corrections, just like a professor! I felt like an undergrad student all over again…and we shared many laughs over this.
7. When he asked that birds not be brought into CCHS board meetings,I paused; then realized he said “egos” and not “eagles”.
6. His courage in facing cancer and personal health challenges.
5. His loving devotion to his family.
4. His sharp mind and memory, always available to identify resources and provide encouragement on the study and research of Chinese Canadian history.
3. At our last meeting, I conveyed how much everyone deeply respected his leadership in forming CCHS; he replied how fortunate he was to have many dedicated and resourceful friends. I responded. “Ed, you’re being humbly Chinese again.” and we shared a good laugh together.
2. Ed’s, Ellen’s and everyone’s laughter as the Assaulted Fish comedy troupe interpreted Ed’s biography at the CCHS AGM 2007 dinner.
….and my fondest memory of Ed Wickberg….
1. …has yet to come, as his legacy will continue to grow within me and among the large community of friends who so valued his friendship and mentorship.