Obituary - Philip Xi-Sheng Wu


Philip Xi-Sheng Wu

1930 – 2023

Philip, a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2023 at the age of 93. Born in Shanghai, China in 1930, Philip embarked on a journey that would lead him to great accomplishments and cherished memories.

Philip’s quest for knowledge and passion for engineering brought him to the United States, where he pursued a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in the vibrant city of Chicago, IL. It was there that he laid the foundation for his future endeavors.

Beginning his career with the Illinois Institute of Technology, Philip quickly made a name for himself as a talented and dedicated engineer. His innovative ideas and tireless work ethic propelled him to new heights, and his contributions to the field were highly respected.

Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, Philip ventured into uncharted territory and founded a successful mechanical engineering design firm in the city of Honolulu, HI. The year was 1967, and by 1978 he solidified his vision for a company as Mechanical Engineers of Hawaii (MEH). MEH flourished under his guidance and continues to thrive today, a testament to his vision and leadership.

However, beyond his accomplishments in the professional realm, Philip was a man of diverse interests and passions. He found solace and joy in playing tennis, channeling his creativity through woodworking and photography, and exploring the wonders of nature through hiking and diving. His zest for life was evident in his appreciation for fine dining, Chinese culture, and his keen eye for real estate and architecture.

Above all else, Philip cherished the time he spent with his loving wife, Virginia, and their children. His family was his greatest source of happiness and strength. His unwavering love and support for them knew no bounds, and his presence will forever be missed but never forgotten.

Philip is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia; their son Geo; daughter Christine; granddaughter Maile (Gabe) Montemuro; great-grandson Ford; and sisters Mildred Ying and Christina Hsi. His legacy lives on through each of them, as they carry forward his values, his love, and his indomitable spirit.

Philip Xi-Sheng Wu, a visionary, a mentor, and a loving family man, will forever be remembered for his countless contributions to the field of engineering, his zest for life, and the profound impact he had on those fortunate enough to have crossed his path. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory be a source of inspiration for us all.

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