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After a long, hard fought battle with cancer, we lost Michael Tai To Poon. Please join friends and family in support of the Poon Family.

After a long, hard fought battle with cancer, we have lost a true inspiration – Michael Tai To Poon. Michael was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. Michael was born deaf in China in 1949, in a time and place when people where not always understanding and, needless to say, life didn't come easy. Living under one roof with his parents and five brothers and sisters, they didn't have much but what they did have was love and a ton of fun.

Michael was never ordinary; he defied the odds. His ability to always stay positive and never take no for answer, lead him to the the U.S. to pursue the "American Dream." His courage, talent, and determination lead him to become an amazing artist, starting a successful business with his brothers Gary and Danny. The business "Water Color on Silk" put the brothers on the map, giving them an opportunity to travel the United States.

Michael then met and fell in love with a young beautiful women named Alice from Shanghai who would become his wife for over 25 years. Michael and Alice have two daughters, Wendy and Stephanie, who he and Alice raised to take the path less traveled and to pursue happiness at all costs. The girls who became women are doing just that.

Michael truly lived! He lived a full and spectacular life full of adventures! Michael scuba dived, loved the sport of shooting, had an eye for photography, and loved dogs big and small. Michael was a bright spirit, a big kid with tons of heart warming hobbies like collecting comic books, star wars toys, and anything that he swore would make him a million bucks someday. Michael's love for life was contagious and still lives on in everyone who knew him.

In 2007 Michael Tai To Poon was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma, lung cancer from pollution and second hand smoke. Michael never smoked. He was shocked to find out about his diagnoses but he continued to stay positive and fight. When first diagnosed he was given only months to live but his spirit and courage kept him fighting for over 4 years, which is extremely rare. His legacy continues at Kasier, where oncologists use his positive attitude and passion for life as a testament to living each day to the fullest.

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