Bishop Cheung Of Taiwan Dies

Episcopal News Service. September 24, 1987 [87195]

TAIPEI, Taiwan (DPS, Sept. 24) -- The Rt. Rev. Pui-Yeung Cheung, Bishop of Taiwan, died here Sept. 6, following a long battle with cancer of the prostate. He was 66.

A native of Canton, Kwangtung, China, Cheung was educated at the University of Nanking, from which he received a B.A. in 1945, and Min Hua College, Union Theological School in Hong Kong, from which he received an L.Th. in 1966. He also spent time in England studying diocesan administration and clergy counselling at Salisbury and Wells Theological College.

Cheung was ordained to the diaconate in May 1966 and to the priesthood the following year by the Bishop of Hong Kong. He held a variety of posts in the Diocese of Hong Kong, and was a canon there at the time of his election as Bishop of Taiwan in 1979, succeeding Bishop James TeMing Pong. Cheung was consecrated bishop on Epiphany 1980 in a bi-lingual service (Mandarin and English) whose participants also included persons from the U.S. and throughout Asia, as well as a Roman Catholic delegation. The chief consecrator was then-Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church the Rt. Rev. John M. Allin.

The site of Cheung's consecration, the Cathedral of St. John here, was also the site of his burial service Sept. 19.

Cheung is survived by his wife, Lucy Ue-Chen Poon, and two sons, one an architect in Hong Kong, and the other a lawyer and warden of St. James Anglican Church in Ottawa.

The Taiwan Episcopal Church is part of the Episcopal Church in the U.S., but the Hong Kong diocese is part of the Council of the Church in East Asia.