On May 26, 2021, Siew Poh Ong (“David”) handed away peacefully on the Cape Cod Hospital after persistent problems from an August 2019 mind aneurysm. June 1 would have been his 63rd birthday. Since the autumn of 2019, he resided at a Cape Cod nursing dwelling, the place he survived COVID. David (as he requested to be referred to as) typically acknowledged his intentions to the employees to journey to Australia.
Siew was a real Island icon. Everyone acknowledged Siew in his trademark paint-splattered plaid jacket. How can such a beloved, highly regarded, and candy-natured man be described? Generous, light, gregarious, at all times a gentleman. Kind, diligent, inventive. Self-starter. “Give the shirt off his back” kinda man. A jack-of-all-trades, dwelling enchancment remodeler, painter, feral cat lover, fisherman, glorious prepare dinner, and a lot extra.He was no stranger to the laborious work of all of the elements of dwelling development. His Island profession was various. Many homes within the Oak Bluffs historic district benefited from Siew’s proficient caretaking expertise. To Siew, his shoppers have been household. Being very frugal, he particularly cherished a discount. Yet one Christmas, he extravagantly bestowed lobsters as items. He typically bragged about how he might develop an endless provide of tomatoes from only one trash barrel–measurement pot. He participated and contributed wholeheartedly to the present buzz of Island life. As David off-Island, he cherished taking part in baccarat at casinos.
Siew left his homeland in Malaysia as a younger man decided to extend his information of the world. It is unclear if he ever returned to go to. As a Queen Mary College (University of London) worldwide pupil and tutor, his memberships included the International Youth Hostel Federation and BUNAC (British Universities North America Club). Before washing ashore on the Vineyard, he traveled to Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Finding employment on the notorious Oyster Bar in Oak Bluffs, he managed the hiring of summer season workers. Earnestly, he responded and thanked every potential applicant. At the top of the season, many workers obtained typed suggestions so as to add to their résumés. A most compassionate man, Siew was at all times there for his mates, and all through the years, he helped many Islanders after they have been down on their luck.
Those of us who knew and cherished this distinctive man can discover solace that he’s at peace and fortunately portray, ordering on-line, and taking part in baccarat on the Australian on line casino within the sky. The world and the Island particularly are lacking this most humble man’s large shadow.