Sybil E. Chin passes on….. Funeral in Ottawa on April 10, 2019

Obituary Overview- “Grandma Chin”

CHIN, Sybil E. (nee Tang)It is with great sadness that the family of Sybil E. Chin announce her passing on Friday, March 29th, 2019, at the age of 88.

Beloved wife of the late Leslie Chin. Loving mother of Gene, George (Yoko) and Gerry (Carol). Cherished grandmother of Leslie Jr (Andrea), Gerry Jr (Denise), Raelene, Kristene (Nick), James, Samy and Pia.

Dear great-grandmother of Kaitlyn, Brody, Connor, Ella, Gehrig and predeceased by great-grandson, Logan. Sybil was lovingly known as “Grandma Chin” to everyone she met and will be forever remembered by her extended family and dear friends.

Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel 1255 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P9 on Tuesday, April 9th from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, April 10th in the Chapel at 1 p.m. Interment in Hope Cemetery.   Condolences at www.kellyfh.ca.

Donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada are appreciated.  

YOLANDA ADAMS – THANK YOU

GRACE THRILLERS – Holy Ghost Power Medley 

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Eulogy for Sybil Chin

By: Leyland A. Muss  on  April 10, 2019

Family and Friends

It is with a heavy heart that I stand before you today to pay tribute to a very dear friend.  Sybil was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and a faithful friend.

Sybil came into my life as a young lad when we worked together at Bookers’ Shipping, she as Secretary to the Office Manager and the Superintendent and I a Junior Clerk.  It was an interesting office with lots of fun and was more interesting with Sybil being the only female who took part in all the fun and ragging.

One fun day was when Sybil looking over at the launch landing near to office saw a launch being loaded with furniture.  Richard looked through the window and mentioned some of the furniture looked like the ones he bought from Fogarty’s.  The next day Richard came to work late and announced that he went home to an empty house as the furniture was his as his wife had cleaned the house and went back to her mother.

When Sybil heard that I had a girlfriend she was insistent that she should meet her to pass judgement if she was really the one I should spend my life with.  I can tell you she was right!

Sybil and Leslie were both at our wedding and our friendship grew stronger from year to year.  We saw their three-3- boys grew over the years and starting their lives in their different fields of endeavour.  She always had soft spot for Gerry, probably being the youngest.  We saw how her heart was broken when George left for England, a land far away and being alone without Mummy.

Over the years we visited each other while they were still in Guyana, went to parties, picnicked together, celebrated anniversaries and all in all had a great time.  But alas, the Chin family decided that they will be moving to Canada.  It seemed a close had link had been broken.  At the airport there were many wet eyes as this seemed to be the end of a close friendship.

However, we corresponded with each other but it was not the same.  Later we migrated to Canada, we in Toronto, Sybil and family in Ottawa.  The Chins got involved in various Guyanese organizations in Ottawa where Sybil made a useful contribution.  She worked with the Guyana High Commission and was able to maintain a close link with her homeland.   Her culinary skills were well known.  She was dubbed the plantain chips, patties and pine tarts queen.

What most people are unaware of, the late President Burnham while visiting Ottawa slipped away from his hotel one evening with 2 members of his detail and went to the Chins for dinner.  Sybil’s culinary skills were well known to a member of the President’s entourage and the President and Leslie were in the same form at Queen’ College.  The President commented later that that dinner was the best he had in Ottawa.

In her retirement, Sybil became an expert in crocheting various pieces from dining tables, table cloths, table centres, baby blankets etc.  Her grandchildren and great grandchildren have a lot of these pieces which are now heirlooms.

Gerry was very attentive to his mother and along with Carol nothing was too much for her well-being over the years.

Not so long ago, I read a poem entitled I’M Free by Shannon Lee Mosley and today I’m sure this is what Sybil is thinking.

I’M FREE

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has chosen for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I’ve now found peace at the end of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief:
Don’t lengthen your pain with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee,
God wanted me now –  He set me free.

You know, Sybil has touched so many lives this is not the time to say goodbye but rather to say she is now travelling to that undiscovered country where no traveler returns.

Those of you who knew Sybil and Leslie well, knew they were very interested in music as Leslie had a large collection of albums.   If I can quote from Irving Berlin, one of the greatest songwriters, who once said in a different context “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.”

May she Rest In Peace.

Thank you 

Download copy of Eulogy: Eulogy- Sybil Chin

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