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Yiu-Chan Chan
May 1921 Oct. 10, 2009
Yiu-Chan Chan of San Leandro died at the home of his daughter in Ceres on Oct. 10, 2009. Viewing will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Allen Mortuary, 247 N. Broadway, with the funeral service immediately following at 1 p.m.
Mr. Chan was born in Hong Kong to Mr. and Mrs. Chan Sing. He married the love of his life, Elvira, on Oct. 1, 1942, and had six children. He worked as a customs officer in Hong Kong, and after taking early retirement, moved in 1969 to the Republic of Panama, Elvira’s birthplace. While in Panama, he was the administrator of a blue jeans factory. In 1978, he moved to the United States and settled in San Francisco, where he worked as a translator for the Chinese New Comer Association until his retirement in 1993.
He was highly respected by his fellow customs officers in Hong Kong, his colleagues and employees in Panama, and by all the people he helped at the Chinese New Comer Association. He devoted his life to providing support for his children to pursue higher education, and they all possess post graduate degrees and established careers of their choices.
Mr. Chan loved to travel, and visited many places around the world with Elvira. He stopped traveling when Elvira passed away on Dec. 10, 1998. He will be remembered as a dedicated father and someone who loved to help others. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elvira; and his parents. He is survived by his children, Camilo and Daisy of Poughkeepsie, NY, twins Francisco and Barbara of Singapore, Marco and Carolyn of Memphis, Tenn., Alicia of San Leandro, Josefina and Richard Bravo of Ceres, and Estrella of Seattle, Wash.; brothers Y.B. and Eleanor of New Zealand, T.H. and Tita of Middlesex, England; grandchildren, Stephen Chan, Tina Reich and Victoria Chan; four step-grandchildren; one great grandson; eight step-great grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews and their families in New Zealand, England and Canada.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Mr. Y.C. Chan to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356. Please share your memories at