Francis Chan (Chan Fook Ming)

Francis Chan

Francis Chan

It is with deep regret and a very sad heart for me to advise that one of my best friends has passed away. So many fond memories. Laddie Kong

Francis Fook Ming Chan was born in Hong Kong on May 17, 1939 to Charles Henry (Chan VweShing) Chin-Yee and Cheng Siew Fun.  He immigrated to Jamaica at the age of 16, where he met his wife Linnette Lim and started his family.  Francis and Linnette has 4 kids; Francis Jr, Cedric, Kirk and Kezia.

When Francis first immigrated to Jamaica, he worked for Hannah Town Bakery.  Displaying his ambitious drive for success, he managed to save enough money to become a partner in Hannah Town Bakery. During his time at Hannah Town Bakery Francis and Linnette, revolutionized the Easter Bun, earning Hannah Town Bakery the phrase “Hard To Beat!”

Francis and his partners later sold Hannah Town Bakery, and they went on to start Angel Flake Patties and Broadway Leather. In 1974, Francis moved his family to Canada. There he opened a video store and went on to open a West Indian take-out/grocery store with his wife Linnette.

Being the determined entrepreneur, Francis went back down to Jamaica and started Verti-Blinds. Later on, he opened a wholesale store called Food Basics. He and Linnette ran the wholesale business for a number of years and soon after the passing of Linnette, he sold the wholesale business but continued running Verti-Blinds.

In his earlier days he was a black belt instructor of judo at the University of West Indies. He had a passion for travelling, golf and tennis. Living in the great white north he made sure his kids experienced skiing and skating and other winter sports. One of his joys was food as attested by his kids and grandkids putting on a few pounds every time he came to Toronto.


Sadly, on December 16, 2016 Francis passed away at The University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica.  He is survived by his four children (Francis Jr., Cedric, Kirk and Kezia) and ten grandchildren (Chelsea, Xavier, Chloe, Brooke, Matthew, Jared, Emma, Alyssa, Evan and Tyler).  His zest for life and his great sense of humor will be missed.  He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, and he was a loyal friend to many.


He was loved in life; let us not forget him in death.


Jennifer Chong Mamby

Jennifer Chong Mamby 1945–2016. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jennifer on Friday December 23, 2016 at Credit Valley Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Deryck Milton Mamby; Daughter of Lizette and William Austin; Mother of Melesha and Sharene; Grandmother of Siena, Raeya and Casen; Sister of Al, Peter, Colin, Patricia (Bopsie), Herbert and Gene; Aunt to 20 nieces and nephews. Service will be held on Thursday December 29, 2016 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Highland Funeral Home Markham Chapel, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham. Interment at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be made left at

Herman Chin

Herman Anthony Chin (aka "the Germon"), 72, devoted husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep on December 7, 2016, dreaming of his next trip home to Jamaica. He was known by his loved ones as a sun worshipper, talented sewing machine mechanic, diehard poker player, domino slammer, soccer coach extraordinaire, shoe connoisseur and skilled cultivator of scotch bonnet pepper trees.

We will miss his larger than life laugh, his ever present Jamaican patois and, of course, his big belly! He and his wife, Lola, forged a new life in Canada and will always be remembered for giving their children and grandchildren a chance to grow and build their own lives.

We love you, and can hear you saying "no worries mon, me ahright!"

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and a celebration at the Living Arts Centre from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society .
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Noel Seow – Friday, December 9th, 2016

Noel " Butch Seow, was born in Annotto Bay, Jamaica in 1933. He received a basic education and was known for his exceptional ability to repair cameras, televisions, radios, as well as his great photographic and culinary skills. His pork and mukney and pork and yam dishes were legendary.. He was a loyal friend and a proud father, especially when it came to his children's accomplishments. He delighted in his grandchildren, and was generous to them. He loved cultivating and sharing the ackees, mangoes and avocados from the trees in his backyard.. He also enjoyed horse racing and repairing cameras.



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