The memorial service for
Wah Ming Chang was held at 2:00 p.m.
on January 17, 2004 at the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula
located in Carmel California.
Larry Fischer, a friend
of Wah's since 1969 began the service by stating that Wah had
told him there were 100 million Changs in the world, and Mr. Fisher
added "and it's a blessing they're not all here today."
He then began to relate Wah's life touching on highlights of both
his personal life and career. After this portion of the service
a letter was read from one of Wah's relatives which was unable
to attend. Following the reading, a 12 minute video which had
been prepared by animator Webster Colcord was presented.
video included many photos of Wah during his life and clips
from an interview which he did a few years ago along with clips
showing his work from various film and television projects.
After the screening of the video the floor was opened to anyone
who wished to speak.
entire service lasted approximately two hours, following we
were all invited to the meeting hall of the church for refreshments.
Inside the hall, a display had been set up with boards upon
which were photos of Wah from various times in his life. One
of his Dragon sculptures was centered on the table.
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As I had some
spare time before the service I went to the Dennis the Menace Park in
Monterey and took these two photos of the bronze statue of Dennis the
Menace which Wah Chang had sculpted. Four of these statues exist, one
here at the park and the others are on display at Hank Ketcham's own
garden, one in his studio, and the forth was placed at the Arnold Palmer
Children's Hospital .