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William Y. Chan A native Californian, passed away peacefully on November 1, with his family by his bedside. He joins his recently departed wife, Cora. He also was predeceased by his parents, Yuet Dai and Wan Yu Chan, his siblings, Harry Chan, Mary Chan-Tong and Robert Chunn. He is survived by his children, Curtiss Y. Chan (Jadine S. Wong) and Lori Y. Chan (Peter L. Greene), and many nieces and nephews. William was born in Isleton, California, on April 25, 1910, and lived 101 wonderful years, 77 of them with the love of his life, Cora. He came to San Francisco as a teenager and graduated from Polytechnic High. Intending to enter UC Berkeley, he instead went to work to help support his family. He worked for the USPS for over forty years before retiring. Willie, as his co-workers were fond of calling him, was part of the national postal-team that helped roll out the Zone Improvement Program, now known as the Zip code. He loved his work and was recognized as a supervisor, a mentor and was given the Top Customer Service Representative of the 13 Western States award for three consecutive years. He and Cora also started a stationery & toy store on Chinatown's Stockton Street, the Vogue Gift Shop, in the 1950's. Though William was born in the U.S., he read, wrote and spoke excellent Cantonese. His Chinese calligraphy was so beautiful, many of the uncles would ask him to help write letters to their families back home in China. After retiring, William and Cora traveled the world. Being "foodies" before the word became popular, they ate their way through many countries. William was also an excellent cook and loved to prepare delicious dinners for the whole family. Though food and travel were hallmarks for him, the most important aspect of life for William was family and friends, of which he had many. William was a gentle, strong man with the humor of a punster and a smile always on his face. Physically strong, even into the last year of his life, at 101 years he would still greet you with a handshake worthy of the grip of a young man. Dad, we miss your strength and guidance already and will always love you. We know that you've always taken care of Mom and that you are now back together, as it should be. You both will be in our hearts and minds guiding us forever. The family would like to thank the 6 North staff at the Pacific campus of CPMC and especially Drs. Seeley and Kennedy for their help in making our father's passage so gentle and comfortable. And thanks to our parents' caring friends over the years, Jenny, Winnie and Wendy. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, Colma, on Sunday, Nov 13, at 1:30 p.m. Please make donations to the CPMC, Pacific campus or .
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2011
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