Holy Ong Hing, 90, passed away June 3, 2020.
He was born in Superior, Arizona, in 1930, to Ong Chun and Helen Hing. Holy was one of 10 kids and was the fourth oldest child. He was an infant when his family moved to China, returning to America in 1937 when war began with Japan. His father was the first Chinese-American in Arizona to ever build a house for his wife and family.
While growing up in his historic house, Holy attended Superior High School and it was there that he learned to play tennis from his older siblings. He says he wasn’t very good at the beginning, but worked hard on his game and eventually made it on the University of Arizona’s varsity tennis team from 1949 to 1954 – possibly one of the first Asian-Americans to play on the U of A varsity tennis team.
Holy (aka Holly) won against all the top tennis players coming in from Tucson High. Every year, he enjoyed playing and beating their rival, Arizona State University. After graduation he taught school at Picacho Elementary School for four years. In 1961, he took over Save Money Market, the family’s grocery store in Coolidge, which his father bought in 1946. Holy was married in 1962 to Lola from Hong Kong and together raised four Arizona high school state tennis champions. Their kids won eight state singles tennis titles and helped Coolidge High win five state team championships. His son Paul is now a teaching pro in Southern California continuing his dad’s lineage.
Besides tennis, Holy loved following a myriad of sports especially watching the Suns, the Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals and his beloved Wildcat teams. He also enjoyed watching his grandkids play basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, and softball. During his time in California he stayed active by dancing, singing, and teaching mahjong at the senior center. Even though Holy lived in California the past 14 years, his heart was always in Arizona. He would visit at least three times a year and lunch at the Coolidge senior center, read at the Coolidge Library, hang out at The Legion and the VFW, sing karaoke at The Goose, and breakfast at Tag’s. Holy touched many lives. We will miss his cheerful exuberant presence and we can all be thankful he cherished every moment he was here. He loved attending church, interacting with the congregation, and was proud to serve as an elder at his church in Daly City, CA.
He is now with the angels and survived by his four children, Paul Hing (Kim Korljan), Tod Hing (Maria Yap), Glenn Hing (Cyndi Hing) and Lisa Hing (Alan Wang); and grandchildren, Brandon, Paris, Dylan, and Caitlyn Hing, and Nathan and Alana Wang; and his siblings, Ally Hing (Jane), Robert Hing (Alice), Mary Yee (Herbert), Grace Hing, Joyce Hing-McGowan (Gary) and Bill Hing (Lenora); sister-in-law, Ruthann Hing; and brother-in-law, Kim Chu (Cindy). He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola; parents, Ong Chun and Helen Hing; sister, Lilly Fong; sister, Minnie Fong; and brother, Johnny Hing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to his church.
Broadmoor Presbyterian Church
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Broadmoor Presbyterian Church 377 87th Street
Daly City, CA 94015
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Or if you would like to donate to the Coolidge Church:
Community Presbyterian Church
PO Box 1422
Coolidge, AZ 85128
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