Obituary for Junor Douglas Chin
Junor Douglas Chin, 81 passed away peacefully, at the home of his daughter Michelle Lyn in Markham, on Tuesday the 2nd of January 2018.
He was born on the 27th of July 1936 in Kingston, Jamaica to Daisy Violet Chen (of Jamaica) and Oswald Douglas Chin (of Guyana). He was the eldest of 6 boys and 1 girl.
During his childhood and early teens he lived in various parts of Kingston from Chisohm Ave., North Anderson Cres. to Walton Park Rd. Throughout all the moving to the various homes his constant companions were his brothers: Rodrick, Teddy, Keith, Frankie and Patrick. Many happy memories were made among the multitude of fruit trees, callaloo plants, chickens and pigeons.
Being a physically strong boy he naturally took to sports. He was an avid athlete playing soccer, cricket and badminton. He excelled at cricket and played on a few teams with his father and friends. And later in adulthood was invited to play for the Jamaica National Badminton Team, which he declined in order to focus on growing his career.
After the death of his father, Junor started working as a Junior Audit Clerk at an accounting firm to help support the family. Subsequently he got a job at Grace Kennedy Foods as a salesman and worked his way up the ranks under the mentorship of Carlton Alexander. He found his calling in sales at Grace.
In 1967 on the 6th of March he married Doris Lee and within 3 years they had 2 beautiful daughters : Bridgette and Michelle. Through his hard work he provided a wonderful life for his family. Regrettably, one day following an attempted armed robbery at the Grace Kennedy Head Office he and Doris decided to immigrate to Canada in 1976 for a better life. He sacrificed an extremely promising career at Grace Kennedy for his family's safety and well being.
He and Doris chose Toronto and settled on buying a house in the suburb of Markham. Once in Canada, Junor worked for Metro Provision Meats for a few years before opening a West Indian grocery store on Birchmount Rd. For 10 years both he and Doris ran the store together 6 days a week.
At the age of 55 Junor suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed with some mobility difficulties. Despite everything he never let that stop him from living his life. It's at this point he began to dedicate more time to his beloved garden. He was always a devoted gardener but then he became even more so. His passion and love of plants and flowers is renowned.
He would often say he "preferred plants/flowers to people because they don't talk back.."
Once the grandchildren (Jasmine 21, Raquel 20, Alex 18, Rebeca 17, Jade 13 and Brandon 8) started coming along his focus shifted and suddenly his priorities changed to firstly his grandchildren's desires & well being, secondly his plants & flowers and thirdly growing his business with innovative ideas.
Junor's mind was always thinking of how to sell products and trying to find, manufacture or invent new food products. It can be said that he lived a full life....full of energy, passion, hard work and love of family. He was respected and loved by those who knew him best and will be dearly missed by them.