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Rennie Franklin Chan

May 1, 1959December 29, 2020

‘Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with you wherever you go’. Joshua 1:9

Rennie Franklin Chan, age 61 of Chantilly, Virginia was born in Georgetown, Guyana to the late Horace and Yvette Chan. He passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. His greatest joy and pride was for his children, Alison and Eric.

He obtained his primary education at Carmel Roman Catholic Convent School and his secondary education from Charlestown Government Secondary High School, both in Georgetown, Guyana. He was raised Catholic and was a member of the Brickdam Cathedral altar servers. As a senior altar server, he was very involved in church life, including through helping the poor and providing services to the boys’ orphanage.

After immigrating to the US, he earned his undergraduate degree from Thomas Edison State University and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He continued to engage in charitable activities to assist the Guyanese people even after he immigrated. Rennie worked at various telecom and tech companies, mostly as Director of Finance, and towards the end of his life worked as a realtor and owner of an insurance agency.

He was a longtime member of Christ Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia, and was a member of the 9:30 Adult Bible Study, the Small Group (the Lorton Purple People) and the Men’s Ministry. He worked with the Men's Ministry on various projects, including the Lorton Community Action Center Holiday Outreach Programs, and the Reveille Group.

Rennie also served on the Rising Hope Mission Church Board, where he chaired the finance committee, volunteered with the Hypothermia Shelter and helped during “Workdays” to fix things around Rising Hope. He also served as a Youth Ministry Confirmation Mentor and Alpha Leader, attending the Walk to Emmaus and the Emmaus Small Group, and played an active role in church retreats. He missed his dear friend Bob Rositzke, who passed away a year or so ago. They have no doubt picked up their debate where they left off. And Rennie is now probably asking Bob, ‘What’s a good place to eat around here?’

He used to play golf with passion. He also loved to play ping pong with the members of the local mosque. Rennie is not a foodie, but loved food and knew every new restaurant within a 15 mile radius.

A degenerative disease called MSA robbed him of his mobility, but COVID-19 robbed him of his life. He was so appreciative of all those who helped him during his illness though prayers, sending cards, calling, visiting when possible, and lending their support in many other ways.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Albert Cheong, and his aunts, Rev. Yvonne Maria Leow and Beulah Boodhoo.

Rennie is survived by his children, Alison and Eric; his partner Eleanor (and her daughter Sam); brother Theophilus Chan, sister Kim Cheong (Patrick); (nieces Nakita and Onaka Fiedtkou, nephew Tariq Arjune and great nephews Tate and Bradyn O'Quinn) and brother Woody Cheong (Farah); niece and nephew (Nia and Zayne Cheong).

He is also survived by his uncle Ivor Lall (Kamila), and first cousins Dr. Hubert A. Leow (Evelyn), Venita Leow-Scindian (Patrick), Stephen Leow (Patsy), Dr. Ronald Leow (Deborah), Derek and Trevor Lall.

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John Farrell

January 5, 2021

Simply put Rennie was a good man! His service to Christ Church was unparalleled. Rest easy my friend, you've earned it.

Susan Russell

January 3, 2021

From kindergarden to CGSS, your memory is etched in me and my family's hearts forever........SIP our dear friend!

Errol Choo

January 2, 2021

I will forever cherish the memories growing up as KBS brothers, RIP my friend.
My condolences to the family

Debra Gonsalves

January 1, 2021

Rennie you will be missed. May you RIP. My condolences to the family🙏🙏

Paul Mahabir

January 1, 2021

We will miss you my brother KBS. May God grant eternal rest on your soul. Condolences to all your Family.

Malcolm Persaud

January 1, 2021

My adopted younger brother Rennie - I look back at the many wonderful years in the KBS. Taking you home after church, before going home - your mother Yvette welcomed me as part of your family. I will forever cherish the memories of our friendship and great time we had growing up.
Until we meet again my brother - Rest In Peace.

Roger McIntosh

December 31, 2020

My condolences to the family. We go way back and will always have fond memories. RIP.

Jill Riggles

December 31, 2020

Sending our love. We met Rennie when we were on staff at Christ Church (2007-2010).

Rennie was a joy to know and a blessing to serve with in so many areas. Bob will never forget the afternoon Rennie took him to his "go-to" Dim Sum restaurant and introduced him to all of Rennie's favorite dishes.

We are sad to hear of his passing but rejoice that he is celebrating with his Heavenly Father. Love Pastor Bob and Jill Riggles.

S Beekharry

December 30, 2020

I remember a consoling older cousin who provided good advise. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Rennie, will live on in memory.