Passing of a Caltrain advocate

May 1, 2008 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

Published in the San Jose Mercury News on April 25:

Francis L. Wong  
Francis L. Wong Passed away on January 5, 2008, survived by his wife, Madeline, and brother, Leland Wong. Francis was born in San Francisco, CA on April 13, 1948. His family moved to Palo Alto, CA in 1953. After graduating from high school, Francis went to San Jose State where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Francis worked for the US Government and retired in 2006. His first love was trains, but he also had an interest in theatre and the dance arts. His interest in old passenger cars was driven by his childhood experience riding the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and the Pennyslvania Railroad. An inurnment will be held at Santa Clara Mission located at 490 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050, on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at 10:00a.m.

I knew him for several year as a train advocate. He attended and spoke regularly at Caltrain JPB, CAC, and BayRail Alliance meetings. He was very knowledgeable on railroad equipment and operations. I will always remember his wit and his dedication to improve the railroad.


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