|Happy 90th Birthday Dr. Hinton!
We are so happy for the few days with Arthur*…
Reported by Nancy K. Tang (65FA)
We arrived at Heathrow early in the morning of April 17th, 2008 after an all-nighter over the Atlantic. The drive to Chesterfield, a mere
three and a half hours, was not without incidents, but we arrived safely at 10 Ridd Way just short before 1:00 p.m. Arthur was already
waiting by the large front window in his dining room, wondering whether he should start lunch without us!
We were happy to see he was in good spirit. Shortly after, the three of us were having lunch at one of his favourite restaurants by the
lake, within walking distance from his home, enjoying a rare afternoon of warm sun in England. His wound from the second operation in
January was almost healed and he only used the cane as a precaution when he went out. After lunch, we had a leisure walk around the
little lake, greeted by a few neighbours walking their dogs and a couple of water fowls swimming peacefully by. It was comforting to
know that Arthur was feeling his strength coming back to him.
Later at home, we gave Arthur his Birthday presents and also a gift from Susan Wong (FA61). He read with muse and affection the
Birthday card from the FA65 graduates in Toronto, Ontario. He excitedly told me how surprised he was to receive emails and greetings
from students around the globe throughout the week.
He had a tentative plan for the next day. After his hospital visit in the morning, we would visit the countryside and small towns nearby.
Then we would meet his daughter and son-in-law for dinner at a restaurant midway between Arthur’s home and theirs.
Arthur woke us up at eight (Please don’t be alarmed, after being with us in Toronto a few times, Arthur knows we are late sleepers. As
long as he knows where the juice, cereal, bread, butter, jam and toaster are, he is good at taking care of himself in the morning until I get
up and make the coffee! ) and he already had set the breakfast table – juice poured, croissants being warmed in the oven, and coffee
ready. To show my appreciation and partly cover my embarrassment, but truly from the bottom of my heart, I flew to his side and gave
him a big hug and yelled, “Happy Birthday!”
We opted to drive him to the hospital rather than letting him drive himself while we waited at home. Actually I delegated the driving to
James as I can only handle an automatic! Honestly, after being the navigator during our stay, I wonder how many tense moments James
had actually given Arthur with his driving! The fact was, it was quite a challenge for James to drive a standard transmission car after forty
years, and on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, not to mention the various sizes of the numerous roundabouts, if you know what I mean… For
the next couple of days, while sitting at the back seat, I heard many times Arthur spoke with his usual gentle voice, “Take a right turn here
but keep left!” or “ It’s best to stay on this side of the road!”
At the hospital, the doctor gave Arthur a clean bill of health after a short visit. His infection was all gone, but Arthur preferred to have his
dry bandage on just to protect his ankle for a little longer. That we totally agreed.
So with the three lighter hearts, we made our ways to the Peak District National Park, to test once again, James’ driving skill on windy
and winding roads. We were up at Stanton-on-the-hill through steep and curved one-lane served as two-lane roads, passing through
farms and acres of rolling hills and tranquil dales, a real English countryside reminding us of some British movies, like “Sense and
sensibility” or “Little women”. We had lunch at another Arthur’s favourite place, the Lathkil Hotel. Our table by the window overlooked the
valley below. There were endless green pasture with stoned walls (My 2007 trip-mates to Kentucky, USA: remember our trip there and
Cecilia Chu, our FA65 friend, told us about the walls created by the skilled stonemason from Ireland?) with lots of pheasants running
around. There were also horses, all covered with blankets and sheep, round and plump as the shearing season had not begun.
After treating Arthur to his Birthday lunch, we stopped by Bakewell and bought a Bakewell pudding, recommended by Helen Cheng
(FA66) as a must-try! This ‘pudding’ is definitely a pie - with crust and filling! Had the Brits got confused all that time and call it a
The ‘Birthday Boy’ treated us to a wonderful Italian dinner in Matlock Bath where we met Hedy Ann and Bob for the first time. He was
very jubilant that day, counting the number of telephone calls he had been receiving from old students. He chatted with Savio Lee (FA64)
in California in the morning. At home after dinner, with a broad smile on his face, he told us by the phone message from Mi Ki Kan
(FA57) in Toronto, he listened to Susan Kan’s angelic voice singing Happy Birthday to him!
The previous day, we had a very lovely tour of the Chatsworth, the Stately home of the Duke of Devonshire. We felt it was only right for us
to offer our help to Arthur with his packing since our visit had kept him busy for many days. On this rainy Sunday, Arthur finally gave in
and let us helped him with some packing. Having stayed in this ‘little bungalow’ for eighteen years and with so many books, gifts and
memorandum collected through the years, it was not easy for him to downsize to a one bedroom apartment. James went up to the attic
to sort out the last bits of stashed away and we made room in his garage for future storing. Then we sorted out a few boxes for Hedy
Ann to pick up in the afternoon for her future garage sale.
Visit to Woodland Padlocks in Wolverhampton
When Arthur suggested that we could visit the Woodland Padlocks on the last day of our visit, we gladly complied. Arthur’s future home
is in a retirement complex run by the Quakers. The Padlock Flats is in a very nice and serene surrounding in the town of Wolverhampton,
about 2 hours’ drive away. We met with the very friendly staff and even visited the home of one of his soon-to-be new neighbours. It was
good to know he will be joining the weekly gathering of German speaking group and he will be among some theatre loving neighbours.
Later in the afternoon, after shopped and bought the two major appliances, stove/oven and freezer/fridge, Arthur is another step closer
to begin his new life in the new home, in a new town, meeting and making new friends.
It was not easy to say good-bye but we were delighted to spend his 88th Birthday with him. We also know that we will meet again soon,
if not in Hong Kong by November, then in Canada which he plans to visit after his Hong Kong trip, maybe in 2009!
Arthur, we cannot wait to see you again! Have an exceptionally happy year of being 88 years young!
*I have been feeling kind of awkward to call Dr. Hinton by his first name even for the last several years he has repeatedly insisted that we
should. I made a conscience effort after I learnt this common practice of addressing everyone by their given names in senior complex
has its benefits.
Check out the photo gallery for James and Nancy's visit to Mr. Hinton here!
Mi Ki and Susan Kan was our gracious host who took a bunch of QES schoolmates and Dr. Hinton to their beautiful
home for a "warm up" Welcome Party. Then they had a dinner gathering at a Mississauga restaurant and everybody
while vacationing with the
|James HK and Nancy
Tang arrived to join them
|Dr. Hinton's favourite
bench by the water's edge
|Only meal time would get
|So much choices, even for
|And Elisha likes eggs!
|And...there is food on the
|Dr. Hinton: I hope you are
not going to finish
everything on the table!
|Elisha has to hide outside
to enjoy his steamed crab!
|A rare picture of busybee
leader Kinsley Lo!
|Canoe trip at Sai Kung
Camp? Re-living a dream
of years gone by!
|Happy campers on waters
|Need a flashlight!
|This is how we did the
action to this song in the
good old days!
|And I can do this!
|After a while, the sun finally
rises at 5:20 a.m.
|Dr. Hinton took a break
from eating and smiles at
|Another break from eating
to take a picture of other
|Davideo with his catch of
|My dinner...best to steam,
|A strange find while
|Snack time - LB's home
made sweet dumplings
|Picnic at Gold Stream Park
|Yummy! Sweet dumplings
are almost ready...
|Quiet and peaceful...
|And then, dinner time!!!
|Camp fire is burning,
camp fire is burning, draw
nearer, draw nearer...
|Dr. Hinton, remember
|Waiting for mashmellows...
|A stroll in the Beacon Park,
|For once, Dr. Hinton is not
the subject of our shoot
|Both Kinsley and his better
half, Terry, deserves a
|What a model!
|Look, he's here!
|I want to be in the picture
|Two long time friends
sharing a joyous moment!
|What's so interesting?
|I've got to take this shot!
|Smile, Patrick and Julie!
|Wow, he is so friendly!
|After the double expresso
at the Marina Cafe, a walk
down the pier to enjoy the
|Spring is here!
|My favourite teacher!
|Gone with the wind?
|Nothing much, just a
typical B.C. scenery...
|From Sea to Sky!
|The FA66 group in front of
Empress Hotel, Victoria
|Capturing the sunset in
|What a beautiful sunset!
|In Vancouver by the Fraser
River with Miranda Leung,
(Calgary) Dr. M.C. Poon
(Calgary) and wife
|Richmond Olympic Oval
already in service
|most likely won't be here
next year (2010)
|While Mary Chiu has an
|Jackie Chiu hard at work
(with Moo-moo apron, no
|Tracking Dr. Hinton: Vancouver
Click on the thumbnail to see the full-sized picture.
|Over 100 people attended
the BBQ event!
|Dr. Hinton chit chatting
with old boys and girls. He
looks as young as ever!
|Good time are enjoyed by
|James So pays us a rare
|Picture with Dr. Hinton
|Another group shot
|The QESOSA Ontario 20th
|Dr. Hinton with some
|Cake cutting ceremony
|QESOSA (Ontario) 20th Anniversary Celebration Event - Welcome Party for Dr. Hinton (2009)
|Second 20th Anniversary Celebration Event - Joint-School BBQ at Milliken Park
|Dr. Hinton with Mi Ki and
Susan, Nancy and Barbara
|Mi Ki's beautiful home
|Dr. Hinton with George
and Winnie Wong, with Mi
Ki on the right
|Dr. Hinton shares a good
laugh with Woo Ming Ko
|Group shot No. 1
|Group shot No. 2
|Third 20th Anniversary Celebration Event - Exploring Ontario (Trip to Camp Stellar)
|The dock of Camp Stellar.
|Winnie & Nancy trying out
the paddle boat...Oops,
forgot to put on the life
jackets! Bad move!
|George is trying hard to
hook the worm....
|We're back... but no catch!
|The dining room
|Dr. Hinton relaxing in the
sun porch with Winnie
|and of course James.
|Bye bye! It has been a
|In front of Camp Stella with
|With a book in hand, bright
sun, warm breeze and lots
of laughter around....he's
|Getting to know you...
Dr. Hinton chats with Julie
|The Grand Finale - 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
|Some sing-alongs for
|and of course James.
|The QESOSA Ontario mix
choir performs a Tribute
Song "To Sir With Love" to
all our teachers
|To our health!
|Dr. Hinton is busy signing
his autograph for his book
"Only A Teacher"
|Lee Yun Gun (64) came all
the way from LA to join!
Picture taken with
classmate Jennifer Ma
|Our MC of the night -
James H.K. Tang, also
founding President of
|When old friends meet -
it's the happiest moment!
Dr. Hinton greets long time
friend Erika Whitney
|by some Board members,
give toast to each and
|Dr. Hinton is happy to
meet so many of his
|Our President Barbara
Yang welcomes everybody
|Bill and Tilda Hui show
dancing to raise money for
our scholarship fund
|Cindy Cheng (from NY),
Yip (Calgary) and Tilda Hui
(Toronto) are all from 68FA
|Toronto Elton John?
George Wong shows his
|prize but donates it back to
the scholarship fund, in
the true spirit of QES!
|Everybody was trying to
hang on as long as
possible to not to let the
|Lee Yun Gun shares a
laugh with Dr. Hinton
|George Wong, Mary Chiu,
Dr. Hinton, Winnie Wong
and Julie Look (left to right)
|Our "seniors" old students
pose with our teachers
I was greatly honoured by the warmth of the welcome I received at the 20th anniversary
celebrations of the Ontario Chapter of the OSA. It gives me great joy to know that so many of you have
happy memories of your years at QES and that the education you received there, the wider education
and not just the academic learning, has stood you in good stead in subsequent years. I am very happy
also to see that many of the friendships made at school have lasted over the decades.
Education should aim at the development of the individual morally, emotionally, intellectually,
spiritually and in other ways, i.e. at the full development of the individual as a member of society, and
many of us teachers tried in our various ways to be true to this ideal Friendship contributes to this
development and so good friends are very important in our lives. The older I get the more I appreciate
the friends I have had and the friends, many of them from QES, who I still have and who contribute
more than they realise to the continuing development of my life and understanding.
To conclude this short homily I would like to emphasise that my years in QES formed an important
part of my own education for, while trying to help in your education, I was myself being educated by your
successes and failures, your behaviour, your ideas and activities. I owe you my thanks.
Message from Dr. Hinton following QESOSA (Ontario) 20th Anniversary Celebrations (2009)
Read more feedbacks and comments from participants of our 20th Anniversary events here.