Eugene Yew Chan

eugene yew chan

December 17, 1947 ~ September 1, 2017

Eugene Yew Chan was born on December 4, 1947 in Singapore. He gew up with four brothers. He attended Raffles Institution for his secondary education where Peck was also a student. They didn't meet then. Upon graduation, both attended the University of Singapore, and it was only in their final year that they met through his best friend. Eurgene and Peck were married on September 16, 1972. Eugene worked 10 years as an accountant in Singapore. During that time, their first daughter Ying was born. Eugene always had a spirit for adventure and was eager to push beyond the boundaries of Singapore. In 1979, he decided to pursue post-graduate studies at SUNY Albany that would eventually pave the way for his immigration to the United States.His first job after completing his Masters of Science in Accountancy was at Peat Marwick (now part of KPMG) where he worked for five years before joining Bayerische Landes Bank as their financial controller. He continued at this job until his retirement in 2005.

In 1981, the family settled in Fort Lee, NJ, and started attending Oversea Chinese Mission where Peck's uncle Torrey Shih was pastor. Their second daughter, Yun, was born in 1983. Eugene and Peck were founding members of OCM's Antioch Fellowship for married couples. Eugene began serving at OCM first as a Sunday School teacher. Eurgene and Peck began their service as fellowship counsellors upon the founding of OCM's Cornerstone Single Adults Fellowship. Eugene also served in OCM's steering committee for seven years, leading the church Finance Department. During these years, Eugene would stay for a few hours after church every Sunday afternoon to work alongside the Finance Department volunteers in managing all the church finances. After his term, he continued to serve as a member of the Finance Advisory Committee. Later Eugene served as a member of the church Rennovation Committee. Most recently, Eugene began volunteering in International Students Inc. reaching out to international students at NYU. Throughout all of his years, Eugene enjoyed nurturing church members through the study of the Word, fostering discipleship relationships with younger members, and discussing ideas on all sorts of topics. Church and ministry occupied a central place in Eugene's life and for he years when he was working as a financial controller, it was a challenging balance he maintained with grace.

Eugene retired early in 2005 in order to amket ime for his first loves – ministry, books, writing, and later, being a grandfather. In 2006, his first grandchild Kaelin was born. A second grandchild Justin was born in 2010. In his retirement, Eugene maintained an active lifestyle, never missing his daily walk. He travelled widely with Peck and enjoyed time with church and family, even spending months in Singapore caring for his mother. He lived life to the full, with a deep sense of purpose. On his last day, he had a very normal morning, stretched out in his favorite chair for an afternoon nap, and woke upin heaven. God has welcomed a son home. We all miss him dearly.

The family will receive their friends on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5 to 9 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. A religious service will be held at 7:30 pm.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12 pm. Cremation will be private. His cremated remains will be brought to Singapore to join his generational family.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to direct contributions to Oversea Chinese Mission, please add a note! Renovation Fund.

For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Visiting: September 8, 2017 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Memorial Service: September 8, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Funeral Service: September 9, 2017 12:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Eugene was a great inspiration to me. His kindness, gentleness and thoughtfulness, his love for God and people, will continue to be my example and encouragement. May the Lord comfort Peck, Yun, Ying and your family.

  2. With deepest condolences. The late bro Chan Yew will be missed by many of us at KPC. May God's peace and comfort be with you all during your bereavement. Take care.

  3. Known to me as Tiu Kong, I will always cherish all the memories I had with him and all the chances that I had to talk and discuss current issues and politics with him. :,) A wise, patient and gentle man, I had the privilege of serving alongside him last year, when we went to the village in Ton San, Chiang Mai. Although not present during the preparation meetings, he was enthusiastic and helpful, providing much needed advise and prayer for the team. He always had such warm and encouraging things to say to me as I struggled to lead the team with members who were older than me. I remember him leading us in devotion one morning in Chiang Mai, where he provided the team with discussion questions from a Psalms study guide book. We went through Psalms 1, and the study provided questions that guided the group to understand the Psalmist's words and posed questions for the team to reflect about their personal prayer walk with God. I was deeply moved by Tiu Kong's sharing that day, and I mentioned in passing how the material he shared during the devotion would be perfect for my youth group to encourage them to walk prayerfully with The Lord.

    A few weeks after the mission trip, on a random Sunday afternoon, he handed me his study guide on Psalms, with a simple "here's the book I used during the mission trip, thought you might find it useful". I really appreciated his small gesture of kindness and will always remember him for his thoughtfulness. Tiu Kong was also always kind with his words, and my last conversation with him included him telling me how I "struck an impression" when I led worship. The way he talked about God and how he weaved in the biblical truths during our conversations indeed revealed his humble spirit and God-fearing heart. I was looking forward to him attending my wedding and enjoying many more family reunions together. Although I will miss him dearly, but I am thankful that he finally can find rest with our Father in Heaven. As a man truly after God's own heart, I am sure that He is at home, rejoicing with our Heavenly Father right now.

    For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    (Romans 8:38-39)

  4. Our family is devasted with the news and we hope that god gives your family all the strength. May he Rest In Peace.

  5. I have fond memories of Eugene. He was kind, unassuming, dignified, caring and a deeply spiritual man. I could always count on his support. He will be greatly missed.

  6. It took a week for the news to sink in before I could pen my thoughts. The bombshell of your passing came hurtling down just 2 days into our hols in Scandinavia. The first thought of you was that gentle expression as you slid open the room door and looked me in the eyes saying "Wait upon the Lord…" during one of my toughest moments in life, will forever be etched in my mind. Thank you for those wise words that will serve as a reminder in the days to come. I see so much of that kindness and gentleness in your firstborn. Will surely miss you. Till me meet again on celestial shores.

  7. Dear Peck, Ying, Yun, Min, Kaelin and Justin,

    Needless to say that time stopped for all of us when we received the news of Eugene's sudden departure. We were all honored by his love and friendship. He always had time for you no matter how busy he was. He and I served on the Steering Committee and through his soft and unassuming way, he staid the course on many issues that came up.

    As we gather to share our memories of him, I'd like to contribute one.

    Our wives suggested that we sing an anthem on Mother's Day during Sunday Service so we rehearsed and sang "Find Us Faithful". Eugene stood next to me during this presentation. Eugene sang the song with enthusiasm and at a few points, he tried to outpace the set tempo.

    As I reviewed the words of the song, Eugene ran the race, stayed fit and was always equipped with God's words.

    Eugene, we know that the loss of seeing you is a deep one for all of us. May the memories of your goodness inspire us daily. We will miss you deeply.

    May God sustain and give peace to Peck, Ying, Yun, Min, Kaelin and Justin.
    The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Psalm 28:7

    Find Us Faithful

    We're pilgrims on the journey
    Of the narrow road
    And those who've gone before us line the way
    Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
    Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace
    Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
    Let us run the race not only for the prize
    But as those who've gone before us
    Let us leave to those behind us
    The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

    Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
    May the fire of our devotion light their way
    May the footprints that we leave
    Lead them to believe
    And the lives we live inspire them to obey
    Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
    After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
    And our children sift through all we've left behind
    May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
    Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

  8. Dear Peck & Family,

    We are all with you in prayer and spirit. We can envision the difficulty you are undergoing. May God strengthen you all in his love.

    Eugene has a special place in our hearts. We remember him as a faithful servant of God, a giving father, and above all, a really good man, someone who was a role model for all of us. His touched many lives, especially in Cornerstone Fellowship, where he and you were our first Counselors. We remember his humor, and his meticulous attention to details. He was always prepared and thought more about others than about himself.

    At the same time, we rejoice that Eugene is with the Lord. He has finished the race.

    2 Tim 4:6
    For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

    We shall miss him.

    With Love and Prayers,

    Manny, Jane, Bethany, Debbie, Grandma

  9. Dear Peck and Family,
    Our deepest condolence to you . We cherished the long friendship with Eugene. He had served God wholeheartedly with honesty, integrity, and diligence without holding back and his life was a great testimony of his faith and love in God. We shall miss Eugene very much.

  10. Hi Peck,
    We're sorry to hear about the passing of Eugene which is a shocking news. I pray that you'll rely on God's love and strength as you mourn for your loved one. He's a special person, kind and faithful. I remember when you and Eugene were counselors for Cornerstone Fellowship. Please remember that he has lived a good life and he's now joyfully with God. Our condolences to you and your family. Bert & Monona

  11. Chan Yew, thank you for your hospitality and warmth when Raymond, Joel and I stayed in New York. You welcomed and accepted us and introduced us to the church which you attended. Our stay in New York was a pleasant one because you extended your hand of fellowship to us. You always gave words of encouragement to my family. I have fond memories of the times our families met during weekends and stayed overnight at your place. Will miss you! Till we meet again!

  12. Eugene touched so many lives and reflected Christ throughout his life. It was our joy to know him in this life. We grieve with a sense a loss but rejoice knowing he is with the Savior. May He Rest In Peace. And may you find comfort and encouragement in our Lord. With our deepest blessings, Jen and Milton.

  13. Dear Peck,
    Condolences to you and your family members!
    May our Lord continue to take care of you and your family.
    Psalms 23:1-6

  14. Uncle Eugene was a genuine man that was deeply rooted in his faith. He would always listen to others and had a natural ability to connect with others. Although the time we spent with him was brief, he has made a profound impact on us and helped us to develop our faith in God. He will always have a place in our hearts, and although we miss him, we take comfort in knowing that he is with God.

    With Love,
    Bethany and Debbie

  15. Brother Eugene was such a faithful follower of Christ, I will always remember the time he and Peck spent with us at Cornerstone, their hospitality, care, and friendship. May the Lord comfort his family during this time of loss. We rejoice knowing that he is in his eternal home where there is only joy and no pain in the company of our God.

  16. Dear Peck,
    Deepest Condolences to you and your family members.
    May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
    Take Care

  17. Dearest Peck Hoon,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss ….
    My heart goes out to you and your family.
    May God Bless you and send His Angels
    to give you Comfort and Peace.
    Take care and God Bless.

    Porlin & Family

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