David Wing Yin Leong
August 18, 1920 - July 21, 2020
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Well-known Springfield restaurateur, David Wing Yin Leong, passed away on July 21, 2020 after a short illness. Renown as the inventor of Springfield-style cashew chicken, David left his mark on the many thriving businesses that carry a version of his iconic dish. Born in Canton (Guangdong), China on August 18, 1920, David immigrated to the…

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Terry L. Nicodemus left a message on September 26, 2020:
Our family always loved to see David at the restaurant watching over things. So glad David chose Springfield to share the wonderful "Cashew Chicken" with us! He will never be forgotten by our family ! T.L. Nicodemus
Shirley Beckley left a message on July 27, 2020:
We are saddened by his passing. A great American for us to honor and respect with his being a veteran of World War II, as well as his contribution to the Springfield community. He will always be remembered. It was a joy to visit with him at Leong’s. We’ve always enjoyed dining in the restaurant, and also enjoy the convenience of carry out service. Our sincere condolences to all of the family.
Fen left a message on July 23, 2020:
I feel very sorry about David’s passing. He was so generous and helped so many people in the restaurant business. He created the well known Springfield Cashew Chicken dish and now it’s known all over the world. The Chinese people are very proud of his accomplishments and his contributions. He will be remembered with great fondness!
Debbie Duwe left a message on July 23, 2020:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So loved stopping in for authentic cashew chicken and seeing Mr Leone at his table when we visited from Kansas City. The tradition will continue, but always with a moment of sadness
Debbie Duwe left a message on July 23, 2020:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So loved stopping in for authentic cashew chicken and seeing Mr Leone at his table when we visited from Kansas City. The tradition will continue, but always with a moment of sadness
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Leanne Retana left a message on July 23, 2020:
I feel so blessed to have known David and been a part of the Leong’s Tea House family. My condolences to the family and the many people who loved him.
Colleen Kittrell left a message on July 23, 2020:
Thank you for your great contributions to our city, you, Sir, will live on forever
Missy Sanders left a message on July 23, 2020:
In memory of David Wing Yin Leong, Missy Sanders lit a candle
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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