Karl Kar-Wa Ma  June 21 1947  May 8 2020

Karl Kar-Wa Ma June 21 1947 May 8 2020

June 21 1947 May 8 2020
Karl K. Ma June 21, 1947 – May 8, 2020 Karl Kar-Wah Ma, 72, of Cornwall, New York passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 surrounded in spirit by his loving family. Karl was born on June 21, 1947 to Kwok-Yu Ma and Mei-Han Ma in the Guangdong province of China. In 1956 Karl immigrated by boat from Hong Kong to Stockton, California with his father and older brother, Kar-Kae Mah. In 1959, his mother and younger brothers, James Ma and Henry Mah flew from Hong Kong to join them. The family moved across the country to the Bronx in 1962 so that Karl’s parents could open a Chinese take-out restaurant. In 1967, during the Vietnam War, Karl enlisted in the United States Air Force as a carpenter and traveled to Vietnam. After his return, Karl followed in his older brother’s footsteps and enrolled in pharmacy school at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy, earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1976. Karl met Yvonne Pau in college and in 1977 they wed and settled down in Cornwall, New York. Karl was a warm and caring father to Karlene and Kevin. In 1978 Karl opened Wallace Pharmacy in the Bronx. Karl owned and operated Wallace Pharmacy for nearly twenty years, traveling back and forth between Cornwall and the Bronx six days a week. Karl continued to work as a pharmacist in various community pharmacies over the years. Ever hardworking and loyal to his patients, Karl never retired and continued going to work as a pharmacist until just days before he was admitted to the hospital. He took immense satisfaction in feeding the people he loved and could oftentimes be found grilling enormous portions of food. Every Thanksgiving he carved the turkey, giving the choicest bits to whoever was in reach. He loved going to Chinatown every week and shopping for the freshest fruits and vegetables. Karl is survived by his wife, Yvonne; his daughter Karlene; his son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Mallori; and his granddaughter Joie Evelyn. Karl’s life will be celebrated by his family in a private service and he will be laid to rest in the Marlboro Memorial Cemetery To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Karl Kar-Wa Ma please visit our Sympathy Store.

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