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William Hon Chaw

Birth Date: February 21, 1929
Death Date: December 30, 2018

On December 30, 2018, we lost our beloved father William “Bill” Hon Chaw after a long battle with lung cancer. Bill was born on February 21, 1929 in Canton, China and moved to the United States in 1937. He was a graduate of Washington High School in San Francisco, and spent the majority of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our father truly lived his life until the very end with courage, a generous heart and determination.

Bill was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War from January 1951 to December 1952. When he returned home to San Francisco, Bill met our mother, Elinor, and they were married in 1954. Bill attended U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 1957 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He was then hired by John A. Blume and Associates as a Senior Project Engineer. Bill received his professional licenses from the State of California in Civil Engineering (1959) and Structural Engineering (1962), and in 1985 he obtained his Structural Engineering license from the State of Arizona. Although Bill had a very long and successful career with John A. Blume and Associates, he went on to pursue other opportunities with Intel Corporation as a Corporate Structural Engineer and the State of California as a Senior Structural Engineer.

While Bill had a very successful career, his proudest and most cherished achievement was his family. Bill is survived by his wife Elinor, children Terisa (husband James Hendriksen), Debra, Cynthia, Michael (wife Jeannie Chaw) and Karen, his beautiful grandchildren Kristin Chaw Hendriksen (husband Payson Cushman), Molly Chaw Hendriksen (fiancé Logan Frye) and Nathan Chaw, step-grandchildren Jessica and Jonathan Park (step-children of Michael), sisters Helen Der and Sally Yee, sister-in-law Rubye Chaw, and his many nephews and nieces. He also has four furry grand-dogs who will miss him very much: Barklee, Dozer, Gracie and Buddy.

Bill was a faithful S.F. 49er fan. He rarely missed watching a game and even had the game playing on his wedding day. He enjoyed skiing with the family in Lake Tahoe, traveling, working on house projects, playing the lottery, and being with his family and good friends.

Bill will always be remembered as a husband and father who worked hard to provide for his family and gave much more than he received. He was the steady light that guided and supported us through life. We know his star in Heaven will shine bright and guide us until we meet again. Bill will be missed very much and our love for him will continue until the end of time.

According to Bill’s wishes there will be no services.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Service details will be posted as soon as they become available.
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