Karol "Roy" Chin
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KAROL "ROY" CHIN, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his home. Born in Jamaica, he was an Engineer with Inter-national Harvester for 28 years, retiring in 1994. He was actively involved in youth sports; he spent 49 years as a hockey official, volunteering his time to mentoring others. He is survived by his sons, Colin (Diane) Chin and Todd (Gretchen) Chin, both of Fort Wayne, Rodd (Kelly) Chin and, Randy (Amy) Chin, both of New Haven and Gordy Chin of Huron, Ohio; brother, Earl Chang of New York, N.Y.; and 10 grandchildren, Ashley, Taylor, Miriah, Kayla, Alex, Cullen, Cole, Cassie, Katie and Jaden. He was preceded in death by his parents, Humphrey and Lelan Chin; wife, Sidnette Chin; and grandson, Owen Chin. Mass of Christian Resurrection is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Jude Catholic Church, E. State Blvd. at Randallia Drive, with calling one hour prior. Father Thomas Shoemaker officiating. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., with Vigil at 4:30 p.m. Memorials to Fort Wayne Youth Hockey c/o Fort Wayne Officials Association or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Mar. 22, 2009.
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April 4, 2009
Chin Family -

Words can not express how sorry I was to learn of Roy (Chops) passing. A lot of the best times of my life were spent with Roy (and Sid) with a lot of those times revolving around hockey, of course.

Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Tracy Thompson Morris
March 27, 2009
What a tribute of a life well lived and loved..... Rest in peace and may you leave a legacy like no other!
A.M. Cook
March 27, 2009
Chin Family,

Condolences of the loss of Roy.

I had the good fortune to coach little league baseball 5-6 years with Roy. This was the Oneil's Glass team. He was an admirable and enjoyable man.
Gene & Mary Voss
March 27, 2009
To the Chin Boys, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May our Lord be with you all and give you comfort. All the Shively family is thinking of you and praying for you.
Dave, Joan, Stub, Sis And Mouse Shively
March 26, 2009
To the Chin Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences.
amy miller
March 26, 2009
To all of the Chin Family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you! We love you very much!!
Steven, Theresa Fletcher & Family
March 26, 2009
The Chin Family,

I am sorry about your loss and and I am praying God's comfort for your family.
Carolyn Barnett
March 25, 2009
It is so sad to have heard about your father. My kids adored him! I remember when my father died and your mom and dad made us a couple of meals that were just fantastic. He had a wonderful heart and a great sense of humor. I enjoyed his love for children and his passion to make a difference in the lives of many. He will be greatly missed.
May God comfort and keep you in your time of mourning. Know that your parents raised a great bunch of kids!
Tara Carroll
March 25, 2009
To Roy's Family,
As you all know, Roy was an amazing guy.... warm and friendly, always ready with a joke. The entire hockey community mourns with you over the loss of such an awesome presence and a wonderful man. I will miss him very much and will pray for your strength during this tough time. He loved his wife so much. I am sure he is happy to be reunited with her now.
Mary Hoff
March 25, 2009
It is a very, very sad day for Indiana hockey! A wonderful man, father and hockey referee that will be missed by all.
Sam Detmer
March 24, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of your Dad, Grandpa and friend. We know that he will be greatly missed but his spirit lives on in the many lives that he touched. God bless you. The Mike Peters Family
Mike Peters
March 24, 2009
To Colin and his brothers,

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was a very special man. I met him when I was a 14 year old girl working concessions at Gunnar Elliott Ice Arena. Then I knew Colin when he played hockey at McMillian. The thing I remember to this day about your father was his warmth, sense of humor and his fairness.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Colin (and your families).
Laura (Salkeld) Wilson
March 24, 2009
Roy, you will be sadly missed not only bye your family but the thousands of people that you have touched through out your involvement in youth hockey in Ft. Wayne, i have so many memories of you helping the hockey kids as well as my own son, Tracy,you always had a kind word for everyone,and that little smile you put with each word you spoke,you have now received your reward, a ticket to heaven, go, rest in peace and enjoy the life hereafter,may you and Sid now look after all the Chin family and keep them safe,a long time friend, Andy Richardson
Andy Richardson
March 24, 2009
The thought of Roy not being with us anymore makes my eyes well up. It is our family's honor to know Roy. Roy was such a genuine person. He always brightened our day with his care and humor every time when we saw him. He will be deeply missed.

Karen, Chao, Steve Li
March 24, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you endure this loss. Roy will be greatly missed!
Julie Slater
March 24, 2009
My heart goes out to the family of a very special man. None of us will ever forget how I could never get that "mustang" running, and he ran it till the wheels fell off. While i was still at home, he always honked the horn with a smile to let me know that it was still moving. Brings a smile to my face every time i think of it. God Bless you all.
Bob Treat
March 24, 2009
Randy and family
Sorry to hear of your father's death. Trust in the lord and everything will be alright
Marilyn Muff
March 24, 2009
To the Chin boys and their families,
There are too many tales to tell about your father just know he was loved and respected by so many for so many reasons. Also you have to think that he is in a much better place now. My love and best wishes go out to all of you. Marsha Turner (Jason's Mom)
Marsha Turner
March 24, 2009
I had 3 boys in the Fort Wayne Youth Hockey program. In the many years there we never met a finer person. A fitting tribute would be to rename McMillien arena after Roy.
David Donnelly
March 23, 2009
To the Chin Family:
I was so shocked and saddened to read of Roy's passing. The man was one in a billion! He was a huge influence in my son's life, and in all his hockey years. "Dad" Chin was the epitomie of what a father, a mentor and a friend should be. He is with Sid now, and looking down on all of us who loved him, smiling. Rest in peace my friend, you will never be forgotten, and always be loved.
Teri Elmer (Skip's mom)
Teri Elmer
March 23, 2009
Chin family,
We are very sad to hear of a Great Mans passing. When we moved here almost 16 yrs ago he was one of the first people I met at the rink and he immediately made me feel at home with hockey in FW. What a kind, generous, genuine and very funny guy. The world and in partcular the hockey community has lost a GEM. Everyone one who has ever met him is a better person for it! I feel fortunate to have shared the ice and the fishing stream with him, and gotten to know his wonderful family with him. God's spead, our prayers are with your family.
Jeff & Wendy Sather
March 23, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Chin family. We will miss roys smile and quick whistle. Paul Warney family and Barry Carroll family.
barry carroll
March 23, 2009
I am very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Chin. While I only met Mr. Chin once or twice briefly, I heard many stories about Mr. and Mrs. Chin from Colin, Randy and Todd with whom I've worked for a few years. The love and respect for both Mr. and Mrs. Chin was always obvious when any of the Chin brothers spoke of them. My prayers go out to the Chin brothers and their families during this difficult time.
Melanie Alberding
March 23, 2009
To the family of Roy Chin, it seems like everyone has a memory to tell about how your dad touched their lives. I read about your dad being sick a few months ago and thought way back to the days when I use to baby-sit his sons, (the only names I can remember are Colin and I think Randy). My family lived 2 or 3 doors from them on Fisher St. I'm sure even if they don't remember me, they would remember my mother Bernice Johnson, or maybe my blond haired sister, Sybil or red-headed brother, Glenn, either way I use to baby-sit them. The memories that I have most are those kids skating on Fisher St. as soon as there was enough ice on the ground (street) to skate on. They could barely walk but they could skate. Also, I remember that "dog" they had that use to chase me soon as it was let outside and I'd step out on Fisher St. I was scared to death of that dog. Roy was a very nice person to all who met him. We, the entire Johnson Family are praying for you and your families during this period of your grief. When my father, Parnell Johnson passed away a couple of years ago there were several things that gave me strength to go forward with my life, knowing that my father was a saved sinner and that God only loaned him to me for a moment (which was way to short, a mere 50+ years), (Job:1:21). As a saved sinner, I too, would one day see my mama and daddy again in heaven.
March 23, 2009
Chin Family,
There are not enough kind words that could be said about your dad that would come close to doing this extraordinary man justice.
He was a person who upon meeting him your life is changed immensely for the better.
You always felt like you were the most important person to him in his presence and never walked away from him without laughing or with a hug grin.
God Bless you all during this difficult time.
Kent, Tina, Kevin & Kelly Hay
March 23, 2009
Our hearts n prayers go out to the Chin family as we too can deaply understand what you are all going through at this very moment. Our fathers are watching over us and with the wonderful memories that will guide us through this dificult time as we can reflect on the ones that make us laugh & will live forever in our hearts to become terrific stories to tell over n over to our families and friends. God Bless you all!
Jennifer & Dennis Brock
March 23, 2009

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
Andrea Ferry
March 23, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Roy will be so missed by everyone who knew him.
Karen Hughes
March 23, 2009
We umpired and walked picket line together. Will never forget. God Bless.
Ted Nahrwold
March 22, 2009
I played basketball with roy back in the sixtys at bowser park on fisher st and watch the family grow up those where the good days will miss you rest in peace.
Daniel Harber
March 22, 2009
We will miss going to see Roy when ever we are back in Indiana for visits. He would always fill us in on what his sons were doing and you could tell he was so proud of each one of them. In all the years we knew him he had such a great attitude about every thing. Our deepest sympathy to all of the Chin Family. We will miss him too.

Dick and Brenda Loffi
Dick Loffi
March 22, 2009
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
dianna taylor
March 22, 2009
Roy, you've touched so many lives it is extremely hard to quantify. For me it was the 300 man-games a year for nearly 10 years that you, Jack DeTurk, and myself worked to provide Fort Wayne youth hockey with the highest quality of officiating possible. It was your dedication, hard work, humor, and example that the three of us used to keep each other sharp. While we all kind of took each other for granted at the time we all knew you were the glue that kept us a tight cohesive unit on the ice as well as off. Rest in peace, my friend and say hello to lovely Sid and Jack for me. To the boys; Colin, Todd, Rod, Randy, and Gordie, your parents are extremely proud of all of you and what you've become. There are 1,001 plus "Roy" stories to be told. And all of them are good. Never a negative story to be told. My wife and I miss Roy and Sid but are comforted by their lives and you, their family. May God Bless all of you and hold Roy in His arms.
Bob and Dottie Zimmerman
March 22, 2009
To the Chin family,
I know that God is celebrating the addition of your father to Heaven and your Mother is there with open arms. My girls have such good memories of being with your family over the years. We all will miss Roy and his chicken fried rice. Love, Sandy
Sandy Tatman/Ottenweller
March 22, 2009
To my brothers by another mother and father,
I will miss Dad and remember all the good times we had. I know that he is with his one true love, Mom. My tears are full of joy and sadness at the same time. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Vicki
Vicki Tatman
March 22, 2009
I am one of the thousands of people whose lives were touched in a positive way by having known Karol “Roy” Chin. I grew up playing youth hockey in Fort Wayne in the 1970’s and Mr. Chin - he will always be Mr. Chin to me - was the heart and soul of our sport. When he officiated a game, his word was the law. We knew and respected that.

I’m old enough that my earliest games were half ice affairs played at the Coliseum. Two games simultaneously, with a pair of nets, from parallel games sitting back to back at center ice. Mr. Chin would be officiating one of them and would occasionally have to skate into the other game in order to retrieve a wayward puck. It didn’t happen too frequently because our pucks moved so slowly.

As these games went on, the youngest and latest Chin son learning to skate, probably about two years old - probably Rodd or Randy, would be skating back and forth between the boards and the goals at center ice. Mr. Chin kept track of it all and made it work. That was quite an engineering feat.

As I grew and became more involved with hockey, Mr. Chin was always there. He seemed to be at every game and was always ready with helpful advice. I remember getting some minor injury when I was about 14; it was nothing serious, just sore. After the game Mr. Chin came up to me and gave me some Tiger Balm. He said that it was virtually magic and would take away the pain. I dutifully went out and bought some. To this day I keep Tiger Balm in the house. Every time that I have used it since, I think of Mr. Chin and it makes me smile.

I played hockey both with and against Colin and Todd. I was a good player, but did not pursue it to the level that they did. However, we all grew up on the ice together, no matter which side of the puck we were on. Mr. Chin was really a father figure to all of the young players in Allen County. We respected him. Nobody wanted to let down Mr. Chin.

I remember one particular season in which I had one of the highest penalty minute totals in the league. I would fight anyone over the slightest provocation. I spent more time in the penalty box than on the ice. I remember coming to the realization that my conduct was a disappointment to Mr. Chin. That realization made me feel very ashamed of my tough guy personae that I had adopted. I vowed to myself that I would change the way I played the game. The next season I had one of the lowest penalty minute totals in the league. Mr. Chin’s approval meant that much to me.

Mr. Chin taught us so much more than hockey; he taught us how to work together as teammates and how to strive against one another as honorable competitors. He taught me that it was OK if I didn’t score a goal, or if my team didn’t win. Through is quiet, steady example he taught me what it meant to be a man.

When I learned last fall that Mr. Chin was sick, very sick, I vowed to write him and tell him some of what I’ve mentioned above. I had time to reflect on just how profoundly he helped mold my character and shape the man that I have become. Unfortunately, I didn’t write in time. I want Mr. Chin’s family, friends, and all of Allen County to know just how much he meant to me and to my development from child to man. Mr. Chin made an indelible mark upon me. In no small way he helped to shape who I am and the values that I carry to this day.

I know that Mr. Chin touched other lives as he touched mine. In his nearly 50 year involvement in youth hockey, there must be many other such stories. Even still, it seems like he left us far too soon. I’m afraid that his death has left us all with an ache that even Tiger Balm will not relieve.

To the Chin family: God bless and know that Roy was well loved and will be missed by many, many, people.

To Mr. Chin: Thanks.
Dr. Greg Schneider
March 22, 2009
Brenda Allen
March 22, 2009
I know Dad Chin was one of the "special ones". Anyone lucky enough to meet Dad Chin knew they were meeting someone very special...Dad changed a few lives by being himself. I know I will REALLY miss his Yummy Egg Rolls and chicken Fried Rice!! Dad has finally "gone home" to be with his true love~Mom Chin!
Amy Ilderton
March 22, 2009
To the Chin family,

I had the pleasure of knowing Roy for many years as he came into the store and was always friendly and smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Shonee Bobilya
March 22, 2009
To the Roy Chin family,
I worked with Roy in the late 60's/early 70's at the IHC Parts Depot. His talents were many and faithfulness to his family (and hockey) endeavors were unsurpassed. I am glad I knew him.
My condolences to his family.
Bus Shannon
March 22, 2009
This is very sad news for all of us. Roy will always be missed at the rink but lives on forever in our hearts. We will always remember that he took the time to teach us some great recipes and prepare them again for Justin's graduation. Those recipes were a treasure then, but even more so now. We extend our love and deepest sympathy to his family.
Mark, Kay, Andrea, Justin, Valerie and Nathan Jackson
March 22, 2009
To Colin, Todd, Rodd, Randy and Gordy,
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He is very special to all. I will never forget his quick witt as a little kid playing hockey and him reffing or riding in the front seat of a car with him and my family all the way to Salt Lake and back. He was a character. He will be missed.
Eric Loser
March 22, 2009
Our love and prayers to the entire Chin family.
Tami Moyer-Britton & family
March 22, 2009
My Prayer are with you Colin and the rest of your family. I always new when Roy skated on to the ice the game would be as fair as possible.
Arnie Fugate
Arnie Fugate
March 22, 2009
Len and I were so sorry to hear of
Roy's passing. Our friendship with
Roy, Sid and their boys goes back
many years and we have some great
memories of fun times spent with
them on the road, attending our
kids' travelling hockey games and at
McMillen Hockey rink. Our thoughts
and prayers are with you, Colin, Todd, Rodd, Randy and Gordy. Your
father is at peace now.
Len and Margaret Thornson
margaret thornson
March 22, 2009
If anyone knew the chin family, Roy and all of the chins treated everyone like family. Everyone will miss the head of this family as I will deeply.
Greg Jackson
March 22, 2009
I was at McMillen Ice Rink on 3-21-09. It was really hard being there because I knew I'd never see Roy there again. He always had a smile, a hug and a joke for everyone there. I will miss him very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they are all very special to me.
Vickie Peppler
March 22, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jack Rollins and Family
March 22, 2009
Our hearts are with you, Chin family.
Shelly Gillenwater Bower & Family
March 22, 2009
Roy always had a funny joke to tell and was always very kind to everyone
Bill and Deebbie Wenk
March 21, 2009
Mark & Cathy Gibson
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