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Community - May 14, 2014

Obituary: Art Wong, Atherton resident, owner of popular pizzeria

Arthur Douglas Wong, an Atherton resident for 32 years and longtime owner of Ramona's Pizza in Palo Alto, died at his home on May 5 after a 12-year battle with brain cancer. He was 65.

He was born on Sept. 7, 1948, in the Taishan region of southern China. At age 5, he immigrated with his family to San Francisco.

After graduating from San Jose State University, he taught physical education at elementary schools in Burlingame. He met his future wife, Judy, at a church dance in Palo Alto, and they were married in 1973 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In 1982, they moved to Atherton to raise their family.

In 1978, he decided to go into the pizza business, buying Ramona's in downtown Palo Alto. Under his ownership, it served for years as a gathering place for Stanford students and Peninsula residents. He later opened a take-out restaurant, Ramona's Too, off California Avenue on Birch Street.

He was a committed advocate for youth sports. He led a nonprofit youth basketball program, Palo Alto Youth Services, through the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, and also served as a coach and organizer for the Japanese American Citizens League Junior Olympics. He coached his sons' Little League teams and cheered them on at basketball and baseball games at Sacred Heart Preparatory.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy Wong of Atherton; two sons, Scott Wong of Washington, D.C., and Russell Wong of San Mateo; one brother, Harvey Wong of Los Altos; two sisters, Lorraine Young of Laguna Niguel, California, and Nellie Wong Jones of Chico, California; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held. Memorial donations may be made to the Stanford Brain Cancer Fund, Development Services, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309.

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