Bing “Tommy” Chan was born Oct. 31, 1921, in Canton, China. He was the eldest son of Chan Locke and Wong Yun Foon. He passed away Jan. 20, 2006, at Kingman Regional Medical Center after a valiant fight with liver cancer. Tommy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; three children, Jay (Susan), Alan, and Elaine; and five grandchildren, Michael (Katherine), Ryan, Stephanie, Taylor and Abby.
Tommy moved to the United States in 1951 where he settled in San Francisco, Calif., and began working. He worked in San Francisco and Los Angeles before moving to Kingman in 1952, where he began working at the Jade Restaurant. It was while working at the Jade that he met his wife, Mary Lum. They were married in Las Vegas in 1953 and celebrated their marriage with a reception in San Francisco. After the birth of Jay in 1955 and Alan in 1956, the family moved to Las Vegas in 1960. Shortly after moving to Las Vegas, Elaine was born in 1961. While in Las Vegas, Tommy worked at the Stardust Hotel, the Sahara Hotel and the Nevada Test Site all the while perfecting his culinary skills. In 1963, an opportunity came for the family to return to Kingman to start the Holiday House Restaurant. Tommy was the owner and head chef of the Holiday House Restaurant, where Mary and the children worked alongside him until his first retirement in 1977.
After two years of retirement, Tommy and Mary opened the House of Chan Restaurant in 1979 and were the owners and operators until their retirement in 1997. Tommy worked seven days a week for many hours a day. He loved cooking and always treated his family to dinner every Sunday afternoon. His children were taught the ethics of hard work and a job well done under his guidance and watchful eye. When grandchildren entered the picture, they too were taught the fine art of washing dishes and bussing tables after those sometimes large family dinners.
Some of Tommy’s hobbies included hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren, gardening and investing in the stock market. And most of all, Tommy loved and cherished the time with his grandchildren.
Another great hobby of Tommy’s was traveling. He and Mary enjoyed many wonderful vacations during their 53 years together. They vacationed with their children each year and visited Mexico, Disneyland, Hong Kong and Hawaii many times. After their children were grown, they enjoyed traveling together to such exotic ports as Australia, New Zealand, Europe, China, Singapore and Bangkok. The last vacation they took saw them visiting both of their ancestral homes in Canton, China. This trip was the most special for them because they were joined by Tommy’s brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Esther, as well as his daughter, Elaine and granddaughter, Abby.
He will be missed by his family and all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison, with internment at Mountain View Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tommy Chan be made to the KRMC Hospice Care Unit, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ 86401.
Eugene Burton Ohs, 81, of Kingman died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, in Kingman. He was born June 10, 1924, in Souris, N.D.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman.
Edward R. Bruce, 68, of Kingman died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, in Kingman. He was born Aug. 8, 1937, in South Bridge, Mass.
Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.