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Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Hugh Tom Chin

February 24, 1952August 31, 2019
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Hugh Tom Chin, age 67, passed away on August 31, 2019 after a long illness. He was born on February 24, 1952 in Houston, Texas. The family owned and operated the Chung Hing grocery business, one of the first Chinese grocery stores in Houston. He and his brothers attended Chinese Baptist Church. As a teenager, Hugh became an active member of CBC.

Hugh attended Stephen F. Austin high school, where he was an officer in the ROTC and a member of the National Honor Society. He attended the University of Houston and eventually earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. He worked for a number of years as a substitute teacher in HISD. He was popular among his students because he made an effort to relate to them.

Hugh’s passion was photography. He took many pictures of his family and friends, but his favorite subjects were celebrities, especially athletes, and he loved being in the picture with them.

Hugh’s other passion was martial arts. He trained under Grandmaster Kim Soo at his Downtown karate school and dreamed of earning a black belt. Hugh continued to train off and on into his 50’s. One of his teachers admired his tenacity and rewarded him with a beautiful honorary black belt embroidered with his name in Chinese and English.

Many people will remember Hugh as a “cool” teacher, an avid photographer, or a fan of martial arts. But those who knew him best will remember him for his kind spirit and caring heart.

Hugh was predeceased by his parents, Sai Young Chin and Mary Lee Chin. He is survived by his brothers, Kong Wah (Rosemary), Simon (Terri), Wilson (Emily), Kenneth, and Raymond. He was also an uncle to Nancy, Alice, Anne, Barry, Teresa, Simona, Cindy, Vicky, and Mary.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Hugh’s memory may be made to Chinese Baptist Church, 900 Brogden Rd, Houston, TX 77024 or River Oaks Baptist Church (Chinese Mission) (checks payable to ROBCCM), 2300 Willowick Rd, Houston, TX 77027.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Tatcho Mindiola

September 14, 2019

My name is Tatcho Mindiola and I am a retired Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston. I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Hugh Tom. He was a regular visitor at the Center, took our classes and visited my office on many occasions to talk about his studies and current events. Everyone knew Hugh Tom well and enjoyed his presence. As you know Hugh Tom was an avid photographer and he took many pictures of our activities at the Center and this is what I am writing about. If these photos or the films are still available is it possible that they could be deposited at the Hispanic Archives at the University of Houston? They would be listed as a donation in honor of Hugh Tom and they would make a lasting contribution to his love of photography, to the history of the Center and to his time at the University of Houston. I would sincerely appreciate discussing this with you at the appropriate time. I can be reached by phone at 713-443-9578. Again you have my sincerest sympathy. May Hugh Toms rest in peace. Professor Tatcho Mindiola

Laura McDonald Hiraoka

September 12, 2019

I remember you as a very smart, respectful young man. Rest with the angels, fellow Mustang.

Gary Sham

September 4, 2019

Ken and family -

We are saddened to hear of Hugh's passing, but we take comfort in knowing that he is pain free, and in sweet fellowship with the Lord. We pray for your comfort, and for the Lord's strength for you.

Gary and Cathy Sham

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