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Sunderland takeaway owner George Ng’s funeral cortege pauses at his Chinese restaurant to pay last respects

A final goodbye has been said to a popular takeaway owner as his community turned out to pay its last respects.

The guard of honour was created by friends and customers of George Ng outside the business he founded more than 20 years ago.

Nigel Ng pauses to pay his respects to his dad George.

Nigel Ng pauses to pay his respects to his dad George.

His children Nigel, 25, and Julie, 32, and wife Peng, 50, arranged for his funeral cortege to pass by the Fountain Garden, as they said it had been his “heart and soul.”

The 60-year-old died of a suspected brain haemorrhage after he collapsed while performing at the autumn festival celebration for the Chinese community at the Gateshead Hilton late last month.

George came to Sunderland in 1973 when he and dad Jimmy and brother Danny moved from near Hong Kong to start a new life.

Son Nigel, who worked with him to run the Unicorn Dance performance art group, had been with George when he took ill.

He was rushed to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle after a doctor in the audience gave him first aid, but medics were unable to save him.

My father knew a lot of people and he was very much loved.

Julie Ng

There has been an outpouring of love for the chef since the sad news of his death spread.

After the procession passed the family-run takeaway, it went on to Pennywell Community Centre, where a Buddhist ceremony was held.

George, who worked with his dad Jimmy and brother Danny as they ran the Lotus Garden in High Street West until the launch of his own business in 1993 when his father retired, was then laid to rest at Mere Knolls Cemetery.

Julie told the Echo ahead of the funeral: “He was a very respected man.

“My father knew a lot of people and he was very much loved.

George Ng pictured with wife Peng and son Nigel on daughter Julie's graduation.

George Ng pictured with wife Peng and son Nigel on daughter Julie's graduation.

“They were so very shocked when they heard what had happened.

“He was a good man and has left us with lots of memories and he has left a huge mark on our hearts.”

Nigel added: “We really appreciate the kindness we have seen as people have paid their respects to our father.

“We can’t believe how many people knew and loved him.”

The funeral procession of George Ng paused at his business, the Fountain Garden in Queen's Crescent in Barnes.

The funeral procession of George Ng paused at his business, the Fountain Garden in Queen's Crescent in Barnes.

Leading members of the Chinese community in the North East have previously spoken of how George was a kind and hardworking man who helped celebrate traditional Chinese culture.

His family closed the takeaway as they grieved following his death, but plan to reopen on Monday.

George Ng was an active member of the Chinese community in the North East.

George Ng was an active member of the Chinese community in the North East.

George Ng cooking in the Fountain Garden kitchen with son Nigel.

George Ng cooking in the Fountain Garden kitchen with son Nigel.

A photo of Nigel Ng shared by his family.

A photo of Nigel Ng shared by his family.

George Ng, pictured in a yellow t-shirt centre, with son Nigel to the left, with other members of the Chinese performance art group they helped set up.

George Ng, pictured in a yellow t-shirt centre, with son Nigel to the left, with other members of the Chinese performance art group they helped set up.

The coffin of popular takeaway boss George Ng passes his takeaway on on Queen's Crescent. Picture by Tom Banks

The coffin of popular takeaway boss George Ng passes his takeaway on on Queen's Crescent. Picture by Tom Banks