John Yook Hong Chin, 73, laundry owner, churchmanJohn Yook...

November 25, 1998

John Yook Hong Chin, 73, laundry owner, churchman

John Yook Hong Chin, who owned and operated a hand laundry and was an active churchman, died Nov. 18 of undetermined causes at Harbor Hospital Center. He was 73.

Born and educated in Canton, China, he immigrated to Baltimore in 1941.

The 50-year West Baltimore resident established the Charles Hong Laundry on West North Avenue in 1949 and operated it until he retired in 1984.

He was long active in the affairs of Grace & St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon, where services were held Monday , and served as vestryman, thurifer and chalicist.

In the early 1950s, he translated the church's weekly services for Chinese communicants. He helped found the parish's Chinese Language School and had been vice principal since 1970.

He was active in the Chin Family Clan Association and the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Shuet Fong Hui, whom he married in 1947; two sons, David Lai-Wai Chin and Raymond Lee, both of Gaithersburg; two daughters, Jane Chin Cohen of Bowie and Dorothy Chin Lee of Timonium; and three grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/25/98

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