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Chin, Harry Lin

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Chin, Harry Lin

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1905-1995

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Harry Lin Chin was a Vancouver businessman and philanthropist. He was the founder of the firm Keefer Wholesale Florists and was co-founder or contributor to a number of community organizations and institutions in Vancouver's Chinatown.

Harry Lin Chin was born in 1905 in the village of Foo Chung in Chung Shan District, Kwang Tung province, China. In 1920, his father paid for him to join his father in Vancouver. In 1955, Harry Lin Chin founded Keefer Wholesale Florists Ltd. with two of his sons.

Harry Lin Chin founded and supported a number of institutions in Vancouver and China, including the Golden Age Court Seniors Home, the Harry Lin Chin Charitable Foundation, the Chinese Cultural Centre, the Chinese Benevolent Association, and SUCCESS. He also provided scholarship funding for Chinese students to study at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Chin was the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his contributions to the Chinese community, including the City of Vancouver Distinguished Pioneer Award.

Harry Lin Chin died April 1, 1995, in Vancouver.

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Created 2015-02-17, SW

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