RONALD A. GEE
1926 – 2021
Mr. Ronald A. Gee was born in 1926 in Taishan, Guangdong, China to Mr. Thlin Gee and Ms. Lai Mon Kwong. Ronald was raised in the 38th town of Zouchun village on the Fongyerng Lane with his parents and younger brother, Frank. At the young age of 14, he began an incredible journey from China to America where he walked 3 days to Hong Kong and boarded a boat stopping in Shanghai and Hawaii before it landed at Angel Island, where immigrants were interrogated to rule out “paper sons.” Ronald spent four weeks on Angel Island before coming to San Francisco, California.
Ronald attended school at Roosevelt Junior High. After opening a grocery store in Alameda, California, he was drafted by the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1950. There, he was taught Mandarin to be an interpreter while honorably serving his country. Ronald was also a merchant marine. After returning from the war, he found a long career at the famous Trader Vic’s restaurant. During his career, he also owned several restaurants such as a Chinese/Mexican restaurant in Nogales, Arizona and partnerships in Canton Tea House and Sun Wah Kue in San Francisco, California becoming a U.S citizen.
Ronald was President of the Gee Association where he was a major part of the community, providing support and scholarships for those in need. He loved to spend time with his friends and to watch the Warriors and 49ers play. He also loved to swim, play basketball, ride his bicycle and drive. Ronald was an avid chef and loved cooking steamed fish, steak, and braised pork belly, especially for his grandkids. He was also fluent in Taishanese, English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Ronald came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ before he passed and is survived by his two sons, Jeffrey and his wife Sally and his grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Tyler, and Zachary, and Jason and his wife Judy.
“I’ve always tried to help people. Now that I’m old, I’m so grateful my family is nice to me. You got to have a good family to be happy.” Ronald A. Gee
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