Yu Cheung Chiu, 76, of Galloway, formerly of Montclair, died on Dec. 24, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Mr. Chiu was born in Toishan, Canton, China, he lived with his uncle in Hong Kong to attend Pu Chi Primary School and Tsung Tsin College for high school. Mr. Chiu briefly attended Taiwan Provincial Cheung Kung University for six months until he immigrated to New York City from Hong Kong to pursue a higher education. Over the next 21 years, Mr. Chiu became a proud citizen of the United States and was able to bring his three brothers, sister and mother to New York.
Mr. Chiu retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Pomona, after serving 30 years as a computer scientist where he was nominated for and won several technical awards. Prior to the FAA, Mr. Chiu graduated with a master of science degree in computer science from The Polytechnic Institute of New York, a bachelor of science in electrical engineering degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a bachelor of business administration degree from Pace University.
After retirement in 2011, Mr. Chiu spent half of his time living in Galloway and the other half in Montclair where his daughter, Josie, and her husband, Tres, reside. An avid sports fan, frequently tuning in to NBA, NFL and PGA Tour on TV, Mr. Chiu enjoyed spending quality time with his six grandchildren in Upper Montclair and Verona along with daily walks around Upper Montclair’s local shopping district. Known to Montclair locals as “Tony,” some of Mr. Chiu’s favorite local hangouts included Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Montclair Diner Char-Broil and the Bellevue Avenue Branch Library.
During his retirement, he helped many seniors, including those in the Chinese American community, preparing annual tax returns as part of the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program.
He was predeceased by his mother Pan Z. Wu.
Mr. Chiu is survived by his wife Pui Ling Chiu, three children; Kelly (Justin), Josie (Tres), and Allan (Kara), six grandchildren; Ethan, Adrian, Henry, Max, Lucy, and Dexter, three brothers; Niao X. Zhao, Yan X. Zhao, Yi X. Zhao, and his sister; Li Ying Zhao, sister-in-laws, brother-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Chiu’s memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LLS.org or the Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library (FBAL), P.O. Box 116, 551 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07043.
Visitation was held Monday, Dec. 31, at Shook Funeral Home in Clifton. Interment followed at Rosedale Cemetery in Montclair.