‘Loving’ centenarian dies
Waitangirua man Taiwung Yu Hoi, who celebrated his 107th birthday on August 26, passed away last Tuesday morning. Chinese-born Mr Yu Hoi, possibly the oldest man in the country, captured the hearts of the nation after the Kapi-Mana News reported that the centenarian still lived at home, had his original teeth and enjoyed KFC on a regular basis. Daughter Towhina Yu Hoi says Mr Yu Hoi was a hard-working man and an affectionate and loving father. He adored his family and remembered all the names of his 200 descendants. ‘‘His love for us, I think that’s why he lived so long,’’ Ms Yu Hoi says. Daughter Lole Ernst says Mr Yu Hoi’s children grew up surrounded by love and affection. ‘‘We’re very grateful with the life that we shared with him such a long time, we are fortunate to have him, and thank him for giving us this long. We’re not sad that he’s gone, because we know that he’s in good hands,’’ she says. Mr Yu Hoi’s funeral was on Saturday morning and was attended by family from Samoa, Australia and all around New Zealand.