Lai-Wah Chan

In Memory of Lai -Wah Chan




ai-Wah Chan passed away December 9, 2008 at the age of 88 in Seattle. She  was born on February 22, 1920 in the small fishing village of Tai O, outside Hong Kong.  She was the daughter of a fishmonger and was the youngest of nine children. In 1938 she married Chi-Choi Tsang in Hong Kong. She had two daughters, Flora Tsang and another who passed away in childhood, and had one son, Rick Tsang.  Mrs. Tsang, along with her husband, owned a small jewelry shop in Hong Kong with many loyal customers, many of whom were fishermen. They worked diligently in the shop for many years to ensure that their children would have the opportunity to flourish with good education and better opportunities. After retirement, Mrs. Tsang migrated to Seattle with her daughter Flora in 1993.


Mrs. Tsang enjoyed playing mahjong, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren and many long time friends. She held a strong religious faith and in 2003 she converted to Catholicism and was baptized in Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church. She became an active member of the Seattle Catholic Chinese Community, and as a church elder, was most respected and well-known to every member. She was also a member of the Hong Kong Association of Washington and actively participated in all social events.

She was a kind, generous, and genuine person. She went through wars, hardship, and many challenging moments in Asia. She was a highly respected figure in the Hong Kong community and has always been surrounded by many long time friends. She was able to set a good example of hard work, dignity, and perseverance for her children’s foundation which inspired her daughter Flora to become a highly regarded teacher and her son Rick to become a successful business executive in the U.S.

Mrs. Tsang was preceded in death by her daughter, Flora Tsang, and her husband, Chi-Choi Tsang. She is survived by her son, Rick Tsang, her grandchildren Rose Lam, Francis Lam, Prisca Lam, and Josh Tsang, as well as her great-granddaughter Chloe Ling, who brought tremendous joy and light into her life.



Our celebration of the remarkable life of Lai-Wah Tsang will take place on December 26, 2008.  A viewing at the Barton Family Funeral Service will take place between 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, located at 11630 Slater Ave NE 1A, Kirkland, WA. Any flower arrangements should be delivered to the Barton Family Funeral Service. 

Family and friends will gather at the Holyrood Cemetery at 2:00 PM located at 205 NE 205th St., Shoreline, WA.  Guests will meet at the office parking lot and will proceed to the graveside service afterwards.  Refreshments to follow at 4:00 PM at T&T Seafood Restaurant – 22511 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA. Donations in honor of

Lai-Wah Chan would be graciously received by Kin On Health Care Center – 4416 

S. Brandon St., Seattle WA  98118 – 206.721.3630

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