The great and the good paid tribute yesterday to former police sergeant William Tsang Wan, the father of Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Deputy Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui. Governor Chris Patten, Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa, Police Commissioner Eddie Hui Ki-on and tycoon Li Ka-shing were among 200 mourners who attended a Catholic service at the Hong Kong Funeral Home, North Point, yesterday for Tsang, who died aged 77 last Wednesday. A eulogy by niece Heung Cheuk-yee described how Tsang lived in a tiny police quarter with his wife, five sons and daughter in the 1960s, but still helped his less well-off relatives raise their children. Ms Heung said: 'A dozen children were crammed into his flat and grew up together under my uncle's love and care for at least 10 years. 'The achievements, love and understanding of his children were the most important part of his life.' Tsang, who served in the police for 30 years, volunteered to fight against the Japanese occupation in China when he was 22. He was described by superiors as brillant and outstanding. Ms Heung said: 'In my heart, my uncle represented the last of the generation that would commit themselves to the community and the country, no matter what. 'I will never forget his handsome face and friendly smile when he played . . . with us in his army uniform.' After the service, the body was taken to Cape Collinson Cemetery for burial.