The bravery of Lee Ying-kwong was a source of pride for the community, senior officials said yesterday as they paid their respects to the hero who died trying to save two boys from a flooded nullah. Carrying 11-month-old Kwok-fai, widow Lee Yip Po-heung and Lee's two other children bade farewell to the 51-year-old plumber at Po Fook Memorial Hall, Tai Wai. A heart-shaped wreath from Mrs Lee was laid at the centre of the hall, among other floral boards from Tung Chee-hwa, Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang and the two boys Lee tried to rescue. Funeral scrolls were hung beside offerings and an altar where a picture of Lee was hung in honour of his heroic act during the June 9 storm. Lee was swept away while trying to save Sze Kin-man, 12, from a Quarry Bay nullah. He had already saved Kin-keung, nine. His body was found off Tsim Sha Tsui's pier two days later. Mrs Lee, 44, wept as her husband's body was sent to Tseung Kwan O's Chinese Permanent Cemetery for burial at about 11am. Home Affairs Secretary David Lan Hong-tsung, who attended the service, said: 'I believe Lee Ying-kwong's bravery is recognised by all Hong Kong people, from the Chief Executive . . . to people from all walks of life. 'Hong Kong should be proud of his sacrifice.' He said Lee could be a role model for young people. Lee will be posthumously awarded with a gold bravery medal. Others who attended the funeral included the Director of Social Welfare Andrew Leung Kin-bong and the father of the Sze brothers, Sze Nang-ban. Mr Sze said: 'I'm very sad. Lee Ying-kwong is a great man. I'm very grateful to him.' He said Kin-man was in critical condition in hospital while Kin-keung was in stable condition and had been receiving counselling. The Lee family has been given more than $100,000 in emergency relief. Public donations had topped $4 million by yesterday. Work will begin today to block entry to the nullah which claimed Lee's life.