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Manfield Ming-Fai Cho

June 26, 1929 - August 26, 2014
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When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Manfield Ming-Fai Cho who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Manfield was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Manfield knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community. Manfield was born on June 26, 1929 in Hong Kong. His parents were Peng Tao Cho and Lin Yip. Growing up in Hong Kong, Manfield learned to be objective and decisive even at an early age. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life. As a young boy, Manfield was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. Manfield was raised with four siblings. He had one older sister, Yun, three younger sisters: Sim, Bing, Sheung. Manfield had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to...
When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Manfield Ming-Fai Cho who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Manfield was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Manfield knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

Manfield was born on June 26, 1929 in Hong Kong. His parents were Peng Tao Cho and Lin Yip. Growing up in Hong Kong, Manfield learned to be objective and decisive even at an early age. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

As a young boy, Manfield was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. Manfield was raised with four siblings. He had one older sister, Yun, three younger sisters: Sim, Bing, Sheung. Manfield had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Manfield, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

Manfield's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Manfield enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Manfield took part in football (Soccer), and swimming. In his spare time he liked to read. Manfield's memorable achievements included winning a scholarship to study English in an English language school in Hong Kong.

In school, Manfield was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. . A logical and focused thinker, Manfield was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Manfield’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” It was not a surprise to his teacher when he later graduated from Tung Huah High School in 1944 with, ahonorary prize in English studies.

Manfield was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. Later in life, he became friends with Chi Chan, C K Lee, Isa and some folks from the senior center which he attended daily.

An objective and conscientious individual, Manfield reveled in the security of his family. On September 22, 1959 Manfield exchanged wedding vows with Ivy Yuen Tsing Mak at the Hong Kong City Hall. One of Manfield’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

Manfield was ever watchful of his children’s development maintained a firm hand in their upbringing . He ensured that his children were properly raised by spending a lot of quality time with them. Mandfield was blessed with four children, two daughters - Amy and Becky, and two sons - Charles and David. They were also blessed with five grandchildren-Jasmine, Thomas, Tristan, Alison, and Adrian.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Manfield was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. . An excellent project supervisor, Manfield was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Manfield upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Airline Ramp Service Operations Manager. He was employed for 38 years by Pan American Airlines and United Airlines. Manfield was a team player who certainly lived by the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Manfield approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life, often known to others as a man who works hard and plays hard. His favorite pursuits were cooking, sports, Mahjong (a popular Chinese block game), listening to music, and singing. Manfield was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Manfield to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Manfield played soccer and swimming. As a young man in his 20’s, Manfield enjoyed riding his motorcycle and bodybuilding. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were soccer and the Olympic Games.

Faith was important to Manfield. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member Living Words Christian Church. During that time, he participated in various church services and committees.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Manfield used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. Family vacations were always a priority to Manfield. His favorite vacations included traveling to Europe, Asia, America, South America, Alaska, Australia, and various other places around the world.

Manfield was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Manfield’s favorites was Lulu, a domestic dog. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his tropical fish.

When Manfield’s retirement finally arrived in 1992 in San Francisco, California, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in attending the senior center, staying active in his church, and performing cultural musicals at the senior center. In many ways, Manfield loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

Manfield passed away on August 26, 2014 at his home in Las Vegas. He had multiple organ failure following his gastric cancer operation in 2012. He is survived by spouse Ivy, children: Amy, Becky, Charles, and David; grandchildren: Jasmine, Thomas, Tristan, Alison, Adrian. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Manfield was laid to rest in Palm Northwest Cemetery.

All who knew him would agree that Manfield was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Manfield Ming-Fai Cho did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.

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