Gin Park Woo
Gin Park Woo
  • October 25, 1948 - May 29, 2017
  • Silver Spring, Maryland

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Gin Park Woo, a hardworking Chinese immigrant who came to this country at 22, went to work at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown and spent the last 18 years working for Montgomery County Public Schools, died May 29, 2017 at Washington Adventist Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 68-years-old.

Born in Canton, China on October 25,1948 to the late Wai Lun Woo (Mother) and Fay Jim Woo (Father), Gin was one of four children and the only son. After the Communist party came to power in 1949, the whole family fled to Hong Kong. Gin’s father left for the United States in the 1950s to find work to support the family, leaving Gin’s mother to raise Gin and his siblings in Hong Kong. The family finally reunited in 1970 when they joined their father in Washington, DC, where he was running a carry-out restaurant on 9th Street, N.W.

On April 6, 1977 Gin married his wife Yee Ling in Hong Kong and brought her to live in Silver Spring, Maryland. In December 1983, their daughter Amy was born.

Gin was known to those around him as a very kind, generous, quiet, caring and easy-going person. In 1999, Gin took a job as a building service worker at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD. He loved his work and was greatly admired by the school. “He was a quiet man, who was a great worker and a very good person. When he found out a colleague lived nearby, he ended up driving her to work every day so that she didn’t have to take a much longer bus ride,” said Angel Delgado, Churchill’s building services manager. “We will miss him very much.”

Gin Park Woo is survived by: his wife Yee Ling Woo, daughter Amy Woo, sister Grace Kwan (late brother in law Bill Kwan), sister Wai Kam Fong (brother in law Sai Fong), sister Shoo Yen (brother in law Wilson Fong), nieces Linda Kwan, Jessica Kwan, Linda Fong Smallheer (nephew in law Joseph Smallheer), Sharon Fong, Karen Fong, nephews (late John Fong), Stephen Fong, great nieces Mia Smallheer, Alyssa Smallheer, Emma Smallheer. He is also survived by many cousins and other relatives.

He will be missed by all of his family, friends, and coworkers.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 11 at 11 a.m. at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, Maryland 20722, with burial immediately following at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. The service will be preceded by a viewing at 10 a.m.