Obituary of Chuck Long Chow
After 73 full and wonderful years on planet earth, Chuck Long Chow has laid to rest after an 11-month long battle with Pancreatic and Liver Cancer.
Born on the 16th of October, 1947 in Southern Mainland China, Chuck emigrated to Canada in 1950 with his older brother Frank. He settled in the west end of Toronto on Jane Street, living and working at the family grocery store - Ying Chow Fruit Market. He was surrounded by his parents Ho Ying and Lum Chin, his brothers Frank, Yip and Dennis and his sisters Wan and Hing. He would regularly play road hockey and games with his brothers and friends in the back alleyway behind the store.
After graduating high school from Western Technical, Chuck spent one year in Ottawa at Carleton University. It was here that he fell in love with skiing, spending more time on the slopes than in the classroom. He returned back to Toronto a year later in his first car, a Volvo Amazon, and attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute to study Civil Engineering.
After his studies, Chuck and Linda were married in the summer 1976 and shortly thereafter made their move from Toronto to London, Ontario to start a family.
Chuck was a construction superintendent for his professional career, with a specialty in building large-scale structures all throughout the province. His goal oriented and team first mentality made him well liked by his colleagues both on and off the job site over the past four decades.
Chuck was extremely proud of his family home, something that he had designed himself and had built in 1982. He loved books and music and when he wasn’t working, you would regularly find him relaxing in his favourite chair with a good novel or listening to classic rock. He kept his mind sharp daily by doing crosswords and playing card games on the computer.
Involved in athletics from a young age, Chuck loved to play sports and was a varsity basketball and volleyball player. In his adult life he enjoyed watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and then became more involved with playing slow pitch baseball, tennis and golf.
Beloved husband of 45 years to Linda and father to Kevin, Melissa and Kristina Michelle, he will forever be remembered as a loving, honest and hard-working man to all of his family and friends. He leaves behind a beautiful family to carry on his legacy and be remembered by.
A special thank you to his medical support team: Dr. Victoria Soo, Dr. Stephen Welch, Dr. Anita Singh, Dr. Faria Rubab, the St. Elizabeth Nurses, the LRCP staff, the SouthWest LHIN and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. The family is also grateful for the support from family and friends in the community.
Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place at a later day in Toronto at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed on the Tribute Wall to the left of the obituary.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Chuck are asked to consider Pancreatic Cancer Canada, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the London Public Library.
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