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CHIN, Richthofen Se Tzi

November, 27, 1951 – China
May, 28, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Richthofen Chin was born in China on November 27th, 1951. He immigrated to Canada at the young age of 19 with nothing but a suitcase and as he puts it, a good wife, where he worked at CP Rail and odd jobs until establishing business ventures of his own. Rick led a successful and hard working life after settling in Calgary, most notably with Reliable Courier Service.

In the 1980’s, he met a small shop owner named Bill and the two clicked over a common interest in models and aviation. Eventually Rick took over the shop and throughout the years became an integral part of the modelling and military history community, one of the last of a vanishing breed of proprietors who ran small model shops with a dedicated passion. Known to his colleagues as Uncle Rick, he made a significant impact on many generations of modellers in Calgary, creating clubs such as the Rocky Mountain Model Club. More recently, Rick started GOMB (Gathering of Model Builders) with the vision of good friends coming together for laughter, beer and wings, where he was known to tell a story or two.

Rick was a patient and generous man with a kind heart, always thinking of what he could do for others before being asked. His passion for model building combined with his giving spirit led him to build two replica CF-18 fighter jets for the Capt. Kevin Naismith Memorial Room and his family in 2010. He was also known to teach the younger generation the value of a hobby, giving out kits to kids and encouraging people to bring it back built within two weeks and it’s free! When Rick wasn’t busy with a model or camera in his hand at an air show, he loved crooning out Frank Sinatra hits at Karaoke, watching Chinese movies with his wife, teaching his children traditions and culture (even if it meant travelling to Vancouver) and most of all, playing endlessly with his grandchildren.

Rick will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Besides his loving wife Stella, Rick is survived by his two sons, Jason (Marina) and Anthony (Sarah) and daughter Doreen; grandchildren Tia and Bridgette; and sister Cindy (Jeff). He is also remembered by numerous in laws, nieces, nephews and even grand nieces/nephews.

Funeral Services were held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service followed at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Rick Chin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Pat & Fran Bibeau :

    Stella & children – We are saddened by your loss and we have sent up prayers for Rick.
    He will be sorely missed by the modeling community and we are sure he will be looking
    down on us all when we have the GOMBS contest in October and smiling. He will not be
    forgotten and his memory will live on. God bless and rest well old friend.
    Pat & Fran Bibeau

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  2. Mike Montgomery :

    Unfortunately, I just found out about Rick’s passing today. To Stella and the family, my condolences and thoughts go out to all of you. I knew Rick for all too brief of a time and my biggest regret is that I didn’t get to say goodbye. Rick was a great man, great friend, and great mentor to me. You will be sorely missed, and thank you for all the great advice you gave me growing up. That was more valuable to me than you may have known at the time. Sleep in peace my friend.

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  3. Please accept my condolences on Rick’s passing.

    He became a friend of mine over the last 20 years during the course of many happy visits to Uncle Bill’s Hobby. Rick and I shared a love of aviation– the aircraft, the history and the people.

    Making models was just another way to express our enthusiasm for flight– for its beauty, the freedom it’s given us, and the challenges it’s presented. Rick was a patron of this artform, and was always eager to share his knowledge with ham fisted modellers like me, and he was especially happy to make sure that my sons had something really cool to build too.

    I’ve been an athlete, a journalist and a pilot, and have had the good luck to meet many people who qualify as the best– Olympic champions, award winning test pilots, and other Canadians who’ve reached the top. Rick belongs right up there, not just because he was an expert artisan, but because he shared his knowledge and helped so many others express their love of aviation.

    Rest in peace Rick, you’ve earned it.

    My heartfelt sympathies to his family.

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  4. Used to visit with my dad… who passed away almost one year ago went by today saw they were closed Google y and here we are great friendly guy who had a passion for his hobby… didn’t know him well or really at all but will remember his kindness and openness to talk to anybody about our interest… condolences

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