Edward David Chin passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on Thursday, April 7th. Cherished husband and best friend to Ann. Devoted dad to Stephen (Stephanie), Karen (Adam Garcia), Julie (James Jansen), Jenny (Brent Norvik), Michael (John Gorman), Katie (Joe Carollo). Proud Papa to eleven grandchildren, Peter, Jeffrey, Daniel, Derek (Maddie), Haley (Damyon), Ellison, Henry, Ava, Ella, Eddie and William. Great Papa to Brooks and Bodhi. Loving brother to Frances Fung. Preceded in death by his parents David and Rose Chin and brother Richard Chin. Ed will be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends.
Ed graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee and earned his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin Madison in Food Science. He went on to obtain his Master’s degree in Restaurant & Hotel Administration from Michigan State University.
Ed began his hospitality career working at multiple Hilton flagship properties in various food and beverage leadership roles including the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Maui Hilton, Waldorf Astoria New York, and Las Vegas Hilton, where he met his beloved wife Ann and started their family. After serving as the Food and Beverage Director at the Las Vegas Flamingo Hilton, he returned to Milwaukee in 1979 to pursue his vision and founded Wisconsin's first fast and fresh Chinese restaurant chain, Wong's Wok. He partnered with his grandfather Joe Wong as Operations Manager of the iconic LaJoy restaurant and later acquired Toy’s Chinatown restaurant in downtown Milwaukee.
Ed's leadership and desire to give back to the community benefited an untold number of restaurant goers through his service on the Wisconsin Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors, outdoor sportsmen and women as a dedicated volunteer on the Elmbrook Chapter of Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited and baseball players and fans as a youth baseball coach and sponsor. Ed put the needs of others first and offered inclusive and loving environments for anyone he interacted with. He was always delighted to cook for friends and family or impart knowledge and pass along a good joke. An avid outdoorsman, Ed was always hunting for birdies on the golf course, waterfowl in the US and Canadian marshes and fishing anywhere they were biting. Above all else, Ed was an adoring Papa always giving out hugs, tickles and treats. He loved instructing his grandchildren on how to swing a golf club, call the ducks in or cast a line. Ed will be dearly missed, never replaced, and remain influential to those who were blessed to know and spend time with him.
A Visitation will be held on Saturday April 23, 2022 at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home, from 10 AM until the time of Ed’s Memorial Service at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s name can be made the Ducks Unlimited-Wisconsin.