S: PAPA'S 80th Celebration of life & love
BC: “Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream.”
FC: Rupert's Blessings of 80 Years
1: Today is your day!
2: As a young boy I COULD ! | As a teenager I AM NOT SURE ?
3: 80. I CAN !
5: MAKING MEMORIES
7: "I'm so lucky as can be, the world's greatest Dad belongs to me."
8: "Cherish your yesterdays, dream about tomorrow but live for today"
11: A Family Is A Gift That Lasts Forever
13: Birthday Wishes
15: Wishing you everything happy for your birthday! | Happy Birthday!
17: Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years.
18: The more candles, the bigger the wish!
20: live well, laugh often, love much | 2011
21: "Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
26: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
29: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter
30: A YEAR IN REVIEW
37: Life's Celebration
40: Papa, Mine is the honor and indeed the pleasure to speak on behalf of your fifteen grandchildren, and from my own heart to congratulate you on the achievement of this significant milestone - eighty years. Not everyone lives to celebrate length of life, not everyone celebrates it with so many well-wishers and friends. This privilege, Papa, is yours tonight, and in you, we celebrate a strong and admirable man, Father, Grandfather, and Friend. For us, the members of the younger generation, you have been an anchor and a source of inspiration and encouragement. You have always been there for us, and we know that you always have our best interest at heart. We are happy to have this opportunity to tell you how much we cherish you. You have a special place in our hearts, you, who have been like a second father to us. And so we are glad to be able to celebrate this milestone with you, we wish you strength, serenity and great joy in all your achievements. Ad Multos Annos! Cheers! To Papa!
42: Good night ladies & gentlemen, thank you all for attending tonight to celebrate with us Rupert’s 80th birthday. Rupert. My Dad has joined a very elite club, for only 13% of the world’s population is able to celebrate their 80th birthday. My grandfather had migrated from China with his wife and they together had 3 boys, my dad, Michael & Carl. Here is a good story of my grandfather’s arrival into Trinidad! His name was Poi Leong, but immigration gave him an English name, John, and placed his 1st name last, therefore became John Leong Poi. His brother, behind him was Sem Leong who became Sam Leong Sem. They both ended up with different last names. A few years later, my grandmother had decided that Trinidad was not for her & her sons. She then left with Michael & Carl returning to China leaving my dad with his father. My grandfather, being a Chinese man soon found another wife, Louisa, with whom they had 8 children, Margaret, George, Lynette, Marilyn, Clair, Demaris, Bernadette & Arthur. All of my dad’s brothers & sisters are here tonight, except George who is deceased. | My father & his siblings had a very humble beginning. They all attended Erin R.C. school. In those days my grandfather had a shop with a bakery at the back. Dad had to deliver bread as far as Palo Seco, 5 miles away in a cart drawn by a donkey. At 12, dad was sent to P.O.S. to stay with friends and attended St. Mary’s College. (A few of his P.O.S. & college friend, who are members or soon to be of that elite club, are here tonight. Thank you all for coming). At 18, dad was sent to China to get a wife, which was the tradition back then. It took him a little more than a year to find what he wanted and to convince Joyce to leave China, her family & friends and to return to Trinidad with him. That was Man!
43: My parents lived in Erin for a while and then set up a shop in Palo Seco junction. The shop, in a few years was then converted into a grocery and later on into a supermarket. At that period there was a Hi Lo supermarket in Palo Seco and also a lot of expats that lived in the various oil-field camps around and they all shopped at Hi Lo. Because of dad’s outgoing personality and extraordinary business sense, he was able to woe Hi Lo customers to patronize his supermarket and soon Hi Lo had to close their doors. At Leong Poi Supermarket the only pork available used to come from Australia. Because of the distance, slow transportation and poor freezing facility in those days, the pork when sliced and put into the display freezers, was not satisfactory to dad. He then started at the back of his father’s shop in Erin, a small pig operation, slaughtering a few pigs a week. At times there was a surplus of pigs, which Leong Poi supermarket could not have handled. Dad asked some of his friends who owned supermarkets if they were interested in purchasing fresh pork. The demand was overwhelming, thus the birth of Erin Farm. The rest is history. | Dad also had some bad experiences. One of them that come to mind is his involvement in Mac Foods, which he was a co-founder. That period took some wind from dad and also from his children whom were involved. Erin Meat Packers was started in 1992, and again dad’s start was very humble. Our monthly production then was 3,000kgs and we are presently producing over 180,000kgs per month. Dad could not have achieved this without the help of his children, Ian, Carol, Jennifer, Lauren & I and of course his wife Joyce. Dad has a love for Thoroughbred race horses. Before he had any idea of owning a thoroughbred, I remember, he and his friends will spend hours with their bible, THE TRUE FORM on English thoroughbred horses. His 1st horse was co-owned with Roland Khan, Solid State, which won a few races, but dad’s dream was to breed a Derby winner. He then imported a brood mare, Wharf Queen, in foal from England. She had a colt, Royal Boat side, but he did not win the Trinidad derby, but he won the Tobago derby in 1980 by 22 lengths.
44: He also represented Trinidad in the Classico de Caribbe, which was run in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2001, dad and Merlyn Samlalsingh purchased a colt in the yearling sales. They named him Top of the Class. Top of the Class as a 3 year old won the Triple Crown and went on to win the Championship Stake. For winning those 4 races, they received a bonus of 1 million dollars. The following year, 2004, dad finally achieved his dream. He bred and owned a winner in the Trinidad Derby with Mucho Tempo. Besides these achievements, dad also had horses which he bred and won races in the other stages of the Triple Crown. He won the Championship Stakes 5 times, Up Tempo in 1991 (who went on to be one of the best bred brood mares in Trinidad). Fresh Tempo in 2002 & Top of the Class won in 2003, 2004 & 2005. This is a great achievement in the sport for kings. | He also represented Trinidad in the Classico de Caribbe, which was run in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2001, dad and Merlyn Samlalsingh purchased a colt in the yearling sales. They named him Top of the Class. Top of the Class as a 3 year old won the Triple Crown and went on to win the Championship Stake. For winning those 4 races, they received a bonus of 1 million dollars. The following year, 2004, dad finally achieved his dream. He bred and owned a winner in the Trinidad Derby with Mucho Tempo. Besides these achievements, dad also had horses which he bred and won races in the other stages of the Triple Crown. He won the Championship Stakes 5 times, Up Tempo in 1991 (who went on to be one of the best bred brood mares in Trinidad). Fresh Tempo in 2002 & Top of the Class won in 2003, 2004 & 2005. This is a great achievement in the sport for kings.
45: I now ask you to stand and raise your glasses to toast Rupert on his 80th birthday together with his wife, Joyce, His children with their spouses Ronald & Gail, Ian & Therese, Carol & David, Jennifer& Roger, Lauren & Sean, his grand children, Kurt, Mark, Justine, Jeannie, Jian, Danielle, Lezanne, Lisa Maria, Jade, Kyle, Aaron, Josh, Paige, & Adam, his great grand children, Julian, Shiloh & Mya
48: A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends.
50: "A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you."