Matthew Yuck-Ban Ning
Monica wishes to acknowledge and thank family and friends for their generosity and support.
Matthew Yuck-Ban Ning was born on 23rd of January, 1937 in Papua New Guinea. He was but a lad of 5 when the Japanese landed on Rabaul on 23rd January 1942 and he and the family were herded into an internment camp. December 1944 was the most traumatic time for him. He was with his father on the hillside above the camp when American fighter planes flew overhead and his father was killed by "friendly fire ".
Matthew went to school at Sacred Heart Primary School in Rabaul, then St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill and St. Bernard's in the Blue Mountains. He was a good student, did well in his academic studies and also participated in sports: Rugby Union and tennis.
He won championships in tennis. One sport he refused to participate in was swimming. Being used to the warm tropical waters of PNG, he said the water was too cold!
After boarding school, he worked a few years in private enterprises before joining Customs and Immigration. He was a valued member of the Australian government in PNG at the time. Matthew then started a retail business, customs clearance and transportation agency. He, with partners, also started a bookmaking business (horse racing).
Matthew loved sports. He played rugby union, league, tennis, squash and golf. He watched sports on telly all the time. His love of golf and travel meant we were able to combine the two and we played on some incredible golf courses all over the world. Matthew also had a great love of music and dancing. On every cruise we went on, he was constantly congratulated on his prowess on the dance floor. They not only loved his dancing; he elicited gales of laughter on occasions when he was invited to the stage. He could ham it up with the best and fellow passengers said that he should have been paid by the ship for his performance. He was known to friends as "the man with a perpetual smile."
Matthew was an incredibly generous person and friends, family and complete strangers have benefited from his generosity.
He had an affinity for the young and to a lot of young ones, he was "Uncle Matt".
Matthew, sadly, passed away on 13th August, 2015. It was an amazing sight to see a church packed with people at his funeral and even more amazing that half were young people in whose memory he will continue to live on. He had friends come from interstate and as far away as Singapore and Hong Kong to say goodbye.
I think Matthew would like to be remembered as a man of integrity who had genuine love for his fellow men and who lived his life to the best of his ability. Matthew was no saint. He had a bad temper and was impatient with people who did not live up to his expectations.
He is very much missed for all that was and will remain forever in our hearts.
-- By Monica Ning