OBITUARY

Mr. Jack Wing Chow

7 August, 19309 February, 2021

Jack Wing Chow passed away peacefully from natural causes, receiving the love, appreciation and comfort of his wife and four children at his bedside at Vancouver General Hospital on February 9, 2021, at the age of 90. Jack is survived by his loving dear wife of 63 years, Jean (née Lew); his four well-raised dear children, Roderick, Reginald, Barbara and Debra; his cherished daughters and sons in-laws Sylvia, Betty, Warren and Perry; and his wonderful grandchildren Jack, Nicholas, Daniel, Juliana, Michael, Melody and Amber.

Jack was born in Cumberland, BC, where he often loved to return, together with his family, to bring back fond memories of his elementary school days, and the days of running his family’s Chow Lee General Store. He was a distinguished Chinatown Pioneer, honoured twice by the Village of Cumberland. Jack moved to Vancouver to go to high school. He later met and married his beautiful and loving wife Jean, and together they proudly brought up their four fine children.

In business, Jack was sharp-minded, passionate and inventive, taking him from being a successful top Chinatown Realtor to creating what may be the most recognized and unique family owned Insurance Brokerage in the world – Jack Chow Insurance, operating out of his World’s Famous Building and Chinatown Heritage corner properties on Pender Street in Vancouver, BC. Jack was truly admired, praised and respected by all.

Jack will always be loved, and his family will always be grateful to him for all his dedication to family unity and togetherness. He will always be remembered for his lifetime of achievements, and for all he has done to impart upon his wife, children and grandchildren, his positive attitude, his inspiring and innovative vision, and his always optimistic outlook. Jack was an exceptional, remarkable and magnificent person, and we are so proud of everything he did for us and for others. We wish for him now to rest in peace, love and joy with the comfort that we will look after our mother and each other, and that we will continue to carry on his great legacy that he and our mother have built together for us to cherish.

Funeral services will be held safely at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in a private, immediate family only service due to COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, February 27, 2021. Flowers (to be delivered to Forest Lawn by 3:00 pm on February 26, 2021) are well appreciated or donations may be made in memory of Jack Wing Chow at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation at http://vghfoundation.ca/jackwingchow.

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Maylene Wright

18 March 2021

To Aunt Jean, Rod Reg, Barbara & Debra,
Our deepest condolences to your family from my family. You are in our hearts and prayers. Uncle Jack will be sadly missed by his family, friends & his many acquaintances in Chinatown. He is in a peaceful place with our grandfather / his big brother - Winning Chow & our dad / his nephew - Park Lip Chow. Bless you all and may he RIP <3

Michelle V

1 March 2021

My deepest condolences to you, it's extremely hard to lose a parent. May brighter days and happier memories warm and hug your heart during this difficult time. I remember Mr Chow used to take his son/ children to Miss Pamela's Dance Studios in the 1970's, we danced and our parents would chat. Once again, Mr Jack Chow has a long history in Vancouver and he will be missed.

Larry Owens

1 March 2021

Sad to hear of Jack's passing. It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with Jack and his family for many years. My condolences to his family and friends.

Shannon Hobson

28 February 2021

Many years ago I worked with Mr. Chow and especially Roderick in the Chinatown Community. I have many wonderful memories of time spent in conversation, planning events for the community, and of Mr. Chow's graciousness and generosity. I shall always cherish those memories and the memories of what he, and your family have contributed to both the Chinatown Community and the overall community of Vancouver. My sincere condolences to his entire family.
Shannon Hobson

Joyce Lew

27 February 2021

To my sister Jean and her family,
We were saddened when we heard the passing of our brother-in-law Jack. We have fond memories of all the fishing trips we did with you catching smelts, crabs, and the get togethers when we were in town. Always with a cheerful smile. May you rest in peace now and someday we will meet again. Our condolences go out to you and your family.
With our prayers and sympathy,
Love
Joyce, Wing and your nieces and nephew, Sandra Jack, Allison, Rebecca and Stephen, Erin, Callum and Leila

Joyce Jern

27 February 2021

Dear Jean, Rod, Reg, Barb, Deb and family,
We were shocked at the sad news. I still remember going with Jack to deliver mail in downtown when I first joined Jack Chow Insurance in 1998. Jack has always been a gentle, kind and caring person. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace. May our thoughts and prayers be with you always!
Joyce & Kingsley Jern

Margaret Cho

25 February 2021

Dear Jean, Rod, Reg, Barb, Debbie and families
Fond memories of working with Jack and his whole family, at Jack Chow Insurance so many years ago. Jack was a generous man who always went above and beyond for his staff, especially with those entertaining staff parties! He shared his family with us all and we witnessed his children growning up and taking over the family business. I'm sure his is very proud of you all. Our prayers are with you during this time. May your own memories comfort you and give you strength to continue his legacy.
With deepest sympathy, Margaret nd family

Jason Soo

25 February 2021

Reg, Barb, Rod, Debra and families,

We were sad to hear of Jack Chow’s passing. Our fathers were so active in the Chinatown community and we feel the loss. Thankfully your family is carrying on his great legacy and the relationship built by our fathers is continuing through the next generation. The strength of your family is an inspiration to everyone in the community, and Mr. Chow’s memory lives on through you.

With our deepest sympathies,
Jason, Anna, Jocelyn
Of the Soo family

Tina Ng

23 February 2021

We are very saddened to learn that Jack has passed away. I remember I first met Jack 40 years ago through business. Over the years my husband Chris and I have grown to know him and his family especially his son Reg on a more personal basis. I always remember Jack’s eyes, full of wisdom and determination and the sparkle. For the past few Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, we especially enjoyed watching the parade with Jack ,Jean and his family. Our heartfelt condolences for his loving wife,Jean and family.

Ray & Pat Roch

23 February 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Jacks passing.
He did so much for the Chinese community and his legacy will always be that he was an energetic, forward thinking individual who had the foresight and ambition to only see possibilities when he purchased and developed the narrowest building in china town. I know that his son Rod and the Chow family will continue to honour him by carrying on where left off. Our heart felt condolences go out to his family.

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