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Veteran missionary dies in Malaysia at 98

Father Thomas Taam Chak Wing (left) celebrates Mass assisted by Monsignor Michael Lee (right) in 2019. (File photo)

Father Thomas Taam Chak Wing, a veteran missionary and the former rector of St Teresa's Church in Sarawak, Sibu Diocese, Malaysia, passed away. He was 98.
Monsignor Michael Lee, the rector of St Teresa's Church, announced Father Thomas died due to old age on April 18 at 10.56 in the morning.
Sacred Heart Cathedral held a funeral Mass for Father Thomas on April 20 at 9.00 in the morning. 
"Father Thomas was a faithful minister of God," said Lee.
Father Thomas contributed a lot to missionary work in different places. He was a zealous priest.
After the Mass, Thomas was buried at Nirvana Memorial Park, Monsignor Lee said.
Father Thomas was born in Guangdong Province, China, on December 21, 1924. 
In 1947, he entered a seminary in Hong Kong to prepare for the priesthood. 
As a missionary priest, he was sent to South East Asia on July 10, 1954. St Francis Xavier's Church, Kanowit, was his first assignment.
Following his move to Bintangor in 1963, he subsequently moved to Sarawak, Diocese of Sibu, Malaysia, and Sacred Heart Cathedral the following year.
After working at the Sacred Heart Cathedral for seven years, he was given additional responsibility at St Teresa’s parish.
He served two parishes as rector of the Sacred Heart Cathedral from 1980 to 1999, when he became rector of St Teresa's Church.
Father Thomas retired from his pastoral ministry in July 2020. 


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