Raymond Chinn, a 58 year resident of Southern California, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Torrance. Born in Oakland, CA, Raymond was 87 when he died. He attended Carmel High School (1942-1945). He worked as an airplane mechanic for about 40 years. He was employed nine years at the Alameda Naval air station and at Garrett AiResearch in Los Angeles until retiring in 1985. He was very caring and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Raymond is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alice Chinn of Torrance, CA; his sons, Russell (and wife Anna) Chinn of La Verne, CA and Bruce Chinn of Costa Mesa, CA and two grandchildren, Connie J. Chinn and Linda Chinn. The Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday June 12, 2010 at 1:30pm followed by a reception until 4:30pm in the Rice Lighthouse Reception Room.

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  1. Wieland and I will always remember Ray as a kind and generous man, with never a negative word about anyone. Wieland loved to recall his years in LA, when he would bring food to the home, and Ray would love to cook for everyone. He also enjoyed playing with Ray and Alice’s two sons, Bruce and Russell. In later years, we enjoyed getting postcards from Crystal Cruises, and their many destinations. Rest in peace Ray, you have led a long and good life.

  2. Grandpa will be deeply missed. I’ll never forget all the wonderful times we spent together, his great cooking, or how he was always so positive and full of good cheer.

  3. I remember the many times Uncle Ray and Aunt Alice used to visit us in San Francisco. It was wonderful to share a meal and time together. As a typical Chinese family, food and family has been very important. One of the most memorable meals has been Uncle Ray’s curry crab. The first time we had, it was so delicious. He added so many items in this one dish—tomatoes, onions, ground beef & pork, green peppers, crab, egg and his secret ingredient – madras curry. It’s such an unusual recipe as I’ve never seen it in any restaurant. I had to ask him for the recipe one year and now it’s certainly one of our family favorites which we make during the holidays. Aside from cooking, I think I most admire about Uncle Ray is his sense of family. Whenever we meet up, he was always proud of his grand children and his sons, Bruce and Russell. I still remember that when my daughter, Alicia, played basketball in L.A., no matter where we were or how far away it was from his house, he would drive over to see us plus we would enjoy a good meal together. Uncle Ray certainly loved family and we enjoyed seeing him and catching up. We will miss Uncle Ray. He’s the last link to our dad, Bill Chinn. We shared some good times and great food over the years. Most of all he taught us how important family relationships are. When you have a strong family relationship, it will be the bond that will carry you through life. When you think of it, we are born into a family, it’s family to provide comfort, family to fight with, family to share our troubles, family to share the best and worst of times…. and family is with us at the end of our lives. Uncle Ray took the time to see us and it’s these times that I can treasure in my memories. So family relationship is the best legacy Uncle Ray left for us and it’s one I want to pass down to my children. And of course, the delicious crab recipe.

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