In loving memorial of Mr. Ju-Cheng Lee
Ju-Cheng Lee, our beloved Father, was born in Changhua, Taiwan on September 16, 1921. He was the third son of Peng-Yi Lee, a well-respected Changhua businessman.
Father was very intelligent, he graduated from the best local high school, Taichung First High School, and furthered his education by getting a bachelor degree in Economics in Japan. After graduation, he worked for a Japanese insurance company and was assigned to Tianjin, China, due to his fluency in Mandarin. He later returned to Taiwan at the end of World War II.
In his early business career, Father ran Grandpa’s brick making business. Soon he started an ice cream factory of his own. The ice cream shop quickly became a very popular place because of the quality of the ice cream, and his dedication and hard work. In 1950s, Father founded Chia-Cheng mechanical factory manufacturing dynamo lights for bicycles. This was a turning point of his success as an entrepreneur. As Taiwan economy took off in the 70s, Father with a few friends and relatives founded San-Yueh Textile Co. which is still operating today.
In 1974, at the age of 53 with very limited English, he courageously immigrated to the US with Mother, and started anew yet again. Over decades of success in the hospitality and real estate industries, Father established a legacy as a very accomplished businessman.
Father was also renowned for his generosity. When he hosted a Taiwanese little league baseball team at his Hollywood hotel, he gained much acclaim from the local community. His home on the Mt. Olympus in Hollywood was often the first stop for friends and relatives coming to America from Taiwan.
Father not only was a successful businessman, he was also a loving husband and a caring father. He and mother were happily married for 67 years. He led a life full of diverse experiences. When he was young, he often took us hunting, those experiences left us with incredible memories. Father never asked much from his children, his only expectation was for us to be righteous and love each other.
In his later years, his health deteriorated, but he was always surrounded by us. He often said he was a lucky man and had lived a good life. As his children, we take solace in the fact that he lived such a full life with no regrets.
Father passed away around 3 am on April 22, 2017 at the age of 95. With grieving hearts, we bid him farewell now that he is reunited with our Mother in heaven.
Source from Mrs. B. Huang 10/2017
Posted in 10/2017