Dick Choy LOW

Low, Dick Choy also known as Low Moon-Fay died peacefully at his home, with his family by his side, Tuesday evening January 8, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was 75. Born in Guangdong Province, China on June 8, 1937, Dick was the eldest son of Howard and Mon-Heung Low. He immigrated with his mother to the US shortly after World War II, where he lived throughout Northern California, as well as New Mexico, before settling in Healdsburg in 1977. He graduated from Merced High School, and was awarded a full scholarship to UC Berkeley. After two years at Cal, he left school to join the Air Force. After serving his adopted country for four years, he moved to Nevada City, CA where he began his professional career. He married May Lan Low, née Kong, in 1968, with whom he had three children, sons Darrin and Derrick, and daughter Michelle. A successful local business operator from the mid 1960s through the late 1990s, Dick began his career managing neighborhood grocery stores and butcher shops in Nevada City and Sacramento. He and his wife relocated and settled their family to Healdsburg in 1977, where they owned and operated several businesses at the corner of Healdsburg Avenue and Dry Creek Road starting with D-Mart Supermarket, followed by the Tip Top Cafe and the Tip Top Liquor Warehouse. After selling his businesses in 1999, Dick led a quiet retirement, enjoying long walks through town with his wife and spending his time reading at the local library. He loved spending time with family, cooking and travelling. He took advantage of his retirement to see France, Niagara Falls, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, and took countless road trips throughout the United States. In his later years, he discovered his online trading skills. Researching companies and trading options quickly became one of his favorite pastimes, and he was always eager to share what he learned with friends and family. He is survived by his wife, May; and children Darrin and his wife Christina; Michelle and her husband Keith; and Derrick; granddaughters Kiana, Amelia and Valentina; and his siblings and their spouses, Mary and Ted Pon, Sally Yock, Darryl and Shirley Low-Yock, and Donna and Tom Fitzgerald. A Funeral Service for Dick will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the Windsor-Healdsburg Mortuary, 9660 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor, CA. Entombment immediately following the service at Oakmound Cemetary, 601 Piper St., Healdsburg, CA. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to or Heartland Hospice

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2013