Newsletter – Jan 2018-2

Ferdinand Chin-Yee

In loving memory
Ferdie made his peaceful transition on Sunday, January 7, 2018, with the beautiful music of Nat King Cole. He lived to the ripe age of 99. Ferdie will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Ferdie was the loving and devoted husband of the late Lillian (nee Lee). Loving father of Janice (dec.), Dianne (Harry Stuckless), Merrell, Craig (dec.), Ferdene (Scott Reed), Dexter (Yvonne); proud grandfather of Sean (Susan), Andrew (Lydia), Allister (Shirley), Matthew, Meagan, Morgan; and Brandon, his great-grandson.

He was born in Jamaica on October 20, 1918, to his parents George and Edith (nee Chong). He was predeceased by his siblings, Percy (Etheline, Lily), Cecil (Jenny, Alice, FungPing), Leonard (Constance), Harold (Theresa), Herbert (Dorothy), Lucy (Sikling Wong), Icinda (Sidney Chen), Myrtle (Waverley-Joseph Lee) and Claudette.
He is survived by his sisters Yvonne (Stanley Chung), Lily (Andrew Chong), Judy (Ronald Lee); his brothers Wilson (Lurline), David (Fernanne), Michael (Stacy), and his sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Lily.He is survived by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family thanks the caring staff of Cawthra Gardens for their kind, loving and compassionate care of our Dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, our “Ferdie”.
A Celebration of Life will be held on April 28, 2018, from 5 pm to 8 pm at Glen Oaks Reception Centre, 3164 Ninth Line (Hwy 403 & Dundas St.), Oakville, Ontario (905-257-8822).
Eulogy and an informal and open sharing of memories will start at 5:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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Junior Douglas Chin

Junor Douglas Chin, 81 passed away peacefully, at the home of his daughter Michelle Lyn in Markham, on Tuesday the 2nd of January 2018.
He was born on the 27th of July 1936 in Kingston, Jamaica to Daisy Violet Chen (of Jamaica) and Oswald Douglas Chin (of Guyana). He was the eldest of 6 boys and 1 girl.
During his childhood and early teens, he lived in various parts of Kingston from Chisohm Ave., North Anderson Cres. to Walton Park Rd. Throughout all the moving to the various homes, his constant companions were his brothers: Rodrick, Teddy, Keith, Frankie, and Patrick. Many happy memories were made among the multitude of fruit trees, callaloo plants, chickens, and pigeons.

Being a physically strong boy he naturally took to sports. He was an avid athlete playing soccer, cricket and badminton. He excelled at cricket and played on a few teams with his father and friends. And later in adulthood was invited to play for the Jamaica National Badminton Team, which he declined in order to focus on growing his career.
After the death of his father, Junor started working as a Junior Audit Clerk at an accounting firm to help support the family. Subsequently, he got a job at Grace Kennedy Foods as a salesman and worked his way up the ranks under the mentorship of Carlton Alexander. He found his calling in sales at Grace.
In 1967 on the 6th of March he married Doris Lee and within 3 years they had 2 beautiful daughters : Bridgette and Michelle. Through his hard work, he provided a wonderful life for his family. Regrettably, one day following an attempted armed robbery at the Grace Kennedy Head Office he and Doris decided to immigrate to Canada in 1976 for a better life. He sacrificed an extremely promising career at Grace Kennedy for his family's safety and well being.
He and Doris chose Toronto and settled on buying a house in the suburb of Markham. Once in Canada, Junor worked for Metro Provision Meats for a few years before opening a West Indian grocery store on Birchmount Rd. For 10 years both he and Doris ran the store together 6 days a week.
At the age of 55 Junor suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed with some mobility difficulties. Despite everything he never let that stop him from living his life. It's at this point he began to dedicate more time to his beloved garden. He was always a devoted gardener but then he became even more so. His passion and love for plants and flowers are renowned.
He would often say he "preferred plants/flowers to people because they don't talk back.."
Once the grandchildren (Jasmine 21, Raquel 20, Alex 18, Rebeca 17, Jade 13 and Brandon 8) started coming along his focus shifted and suddenly his priorities changed to firstly his grandchildren's desires & well being, secondly his plants & flowers and thirdly growing his business with innovative ideas.
Junor's mind was always thinking of how to sell products and trying to find, manufacture or invent new food products. It can be said that he lived a full life....full of energy, passion, hard work and love of family. He was respected and loved by those who knew him best and will be dearly missed by them.
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Marian Lodenquai

Marian Elizabeth Lodenquai (née Look Hong) died peacefully at home in Markham on January 7, 2018, at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness with Parkinson’s Disease.
Beloved wife of Jeffrey, loving mother of Dr. Christopher and wife Kari, Dr. Gregory and partner Rajeshta. She adored her one and only granddaughter, Kristina. She is loved and will be greatly missed by her siblings Lillian (Patrick deceased), Cecilia, Pauline (Man Kin), William (Jeanne), Robert (Cecile), many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

Born on December 22, 1940 in Kingston, Jamaica to James and Suevon Look Hong, she attended St Hugh’s High School and the University of the West Indies where she completed a BA in History. After teaching at St Hugh’s for a few years, she married Dr Jeffrey Lodenquai, had two sons then devoted the rest of her life to childrearing and running a medical office. She enjoyed volunteering and community work with the Caribbean Chinese Association and the Tsung Tsin Association. She also had a passion for karaoke and provided endless numbers of kitchen towels for friends, family, neighbours, and acquaintances.
Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018, at St Patrick Catholic Church on Highway 7, Markham at 10 am. Father Dominique will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend the service. A private internment will follow with immediate family only.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Missionaries of the Poor or to the Markham Stouffville Hospital.
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Pagoda Magazine

Rhia Rae, Digital Archivist at the Special Collections Department, Green Library, Florida International University, just completed the digitization of The Pagoda a fortnightly Chinese Jamaican newsmagazine published in Kingston, Jamaica from Mr. Roy Tenn’s private collection. To view issues The Pagoda from 1955 to 1957 visit the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLoc)

Click on the picture below, will take you to the FIU website.

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