A grocery store that is usually abuzz with activity in the heart of Lluidas Vale, St Catherine, remained closed throughout today as a family confirmed that it is now in grieving mode.
The main proprietor of the enterprise, Daniel Chin, better known as Mr Chin, died of natural cause in hospital yesterday morning, June 9, his wife Lilly Chin told The Beacon.
She further stated that her husband had been ill for about a month leading up to his demise.
“He will forever be remembered in the hearts of his loved ones and his community,” the family said in a written message, adding that Mr Chin has three adult children – Carly, Silvy and Kenny.
Mrs Chin stated that her husband commenced operating the grocery store in Lluidas Vale square more than 30 years ago.
“He was a devoted father, husband and owner of Chin’s Grocery and Haberdashery…,” the family continued.
“He was a well-admired and respected member of the Lluidas Vale community who hosted various beneficiary events and contributed to notably the Lluidas Vale All Age School.”
Mr Chin’s grocery shop, in recent times, was targeted repeatedly by gunmen, as the once peaceful community grappled with a series of armed robberies.
Mr Chin, however, stayed put.
He will be laid to rest at a time and place yet to be determined, the family said.
Meanwhile, a number of people in the rural community have expressed condolences to the Chin family, which has provided employment to some area residents over the years.
A former employee told The Beacon: “Mr Chin was a humble soul – very quiet and observant. He wasn’t a man of many words, but he made his little jokes now and then. He was a very good and calm person – one of my best bosses over the years.”
Mr Chin reportedly operated business elsewhere in Jamaica prior to relocating to Lluidas Vale, where he initially rented a section of a building from businessman Henry Lowe.
Subsequent to Mr Lowe’s death umpteen years ago, the Chins acquired the property and later carried out rehabilitation works on the commercial building – a part of which is shown above. The property has passed through generations of Chinese.
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