soenleng -andre-lauw
Andre Lauw Soen Leng, at age 79, passed away peacefully at home in Torrance, California on Thursday, April 13, 2017 with his only child, Edith, by his side. Andre was a West Torrance resident of 30 years and parishioner at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. Andre was born in Bandung, the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, to Lauw Hoay Lee and Lie On Nio. He was the 3rd of 7 siblings. In the mid-1960's Andre left Indonesia for West Germany where he earned his professional degree in civil engineering and married Ria Savitri Lim Hian Tin of Jakarta, Indonesia. From Germany, he, along with his wife and new daughter, immigrated to Toronto, Canada where he worked as a civil engineer and, on weekends and holidays, enjoyed lake fishing with friends, and trips around Ontario and Quebec with his family. He moved with his family to Torrance in the mid-1980's and worked for prominent engineering firms in the Greater Los Angeles area. His work took him to South Korea where he consulted on construction of the Golden Bridge in Busan, the second longest bridge in the country. Locally, Andre worked on LA Metro projects including the Blue Line, Los Angeles' first light rail line. The many hobbies he enjoyed with his wife include playing tennis, practicing tai chi, ballroom dancing, traveling, gardening and spending time with family. He was a lifelong learner and long after his professional retirement continued to pursue speaking Chinese, digital photography, investing, and the art of long naps. Andre loved a spirited intellectual debate on almost any topic. Andre is survived by his daughter, sisters, Jen Nio and Giok Lee; and brothers, Soen Kwan and Soen Yong. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, parents, brothers, Kim Soen and Soen Kie; and first fiancée, Lilly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andre's name to Torrance Memorial Foundation 310-517-4703.

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  1. I would like to express our deep condolences to Edith and her Family… with the passing of Andre whom I sadly never met except in e-mail exchanges and phone conversations…. May he rest in Peace and may the Lord Bless his Family and Love Ones…. kt

  2. To Edith and her family: Please accept our deepest condolences with the passing of your father Andre. May he rest in peace and may the Lord bless your family. Rudy and Mia Teng

  3. Have known Andre Lauw for a few years while he and wife Tin resided in Mississauga Ontario for a few years . We live a few miles west of where Andre and Tin reside in Mississauga. He left for Torrance without saying goodbye to us. Our deepest condolences to Andre and Tin. May he and his wife rest in Peace !

  4. You will never be forgotten Andre. It gives me comfort to know that now you have been reunited with your love, Ria. xoxo

  5. Hello Edie, Please accept our deep condolences for the passing of your beloved father. May Andree rest in peace. Elly and Haliman ( Siong Bing, Liem)

  6. Dear Edie, Our deepest sympathies for the lost of your dad. May his soul rest in peace. He was our good friend. We will miss him. Take care. Uncle a Boen Hwie & auntie Pwee

  7. Dear Edie, My family owe your parents a lot. They made our moving to Canada a lot smoother. It bring tears in my eyes reading the obituary. You have a very loving parents, they love each other dearly..

  8. We know each other on our T’ai Chi ICAA group in Duarte, some times ago. Although you live far away you still come on time in our group with Ria,and dr Tjiook and Pat. I thank God to know all of you and I have a good time with you Andre, now you go back to the creator to meet Jesus Christ, Ria, and dr Tjiook Tiauw Hie, We miss you, but I know we will meet later in His House in Heaven.

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