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Barbara Chin

Barbara M Chin

Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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In Loving Memory of Barbara Chin

Barbara M. Chin born in Kingston, Jamaica, passed away peacefully on September 10th in her home in New York City.

Barbara was a member of The West Side Tennis Club for 30 years and served on its Board of Governors for 14 years. She was co-chair of Corporate Outings, and a longtime member of the Membership Committee. She is most remembered for her important service as chair or co-chair of the Junior Development Committee/Activities Council from 1997 to 2020. Here she helped hundreds of children by raising monies to benefit junior tennis through the WSTC Foundation. She also raised additional funds for children’s scholarships into the junior development program, and helped offset costs for their National Team to travel and compete against the country’s top clubs. She obtained many scholarships for their top juniors to the IMG/Bollettieri Sports Academy in Florida.

Barbara was director of special projects and assistant to the president of Brae Capital Corporation, a private investment firm in New York City, for over 30 years. She was also affiliated with the Deerfield Foundation and the Swiss Army Knife Foundation.

Barbara was a graduate of Fordham University with a BA in Economics.

Her good friend Nick Bollettieri sent this tribute about Barbara: “I was blessed to know and work with Barbara Chin. Barbara was instrumental in helping me get the money to start the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now the IMG Academy, with Mr. Marx. It would be impossible for me to explain the impact Barbara Chin had on (my) life, and I know there are countless people who would say the same thing of Barbara.”

Barbara is survived by her niece Barbara Chong Holland, niece and nephew Janice and Carrington Grier, niece Sharon Chin, niece Judith Brown, great nephew Christopher J. Holland and sisters-in-law Betty Chong and Iric Sanderson.

Her family is requesting contributions in honor of her memory be made to the Barbara Chin Junior Development Fund at the West Side Tennis Club. (Checks may be made out to West Side Tennis Club with a memo note on the check regarding the Junior Fund and mailed to WSTC, One Tennis Place, Forest Hills, NY 11375.)
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens
    Address
    5050 SW 20th Street
    OCALA, FL 34474
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    It is with great sadness that we report that Barbara M. Chin passed away peacefully on September 8th in her home in New York City. Barbara was a member of The West Side Tennis Club for 30 years and served on its Board of Governors for 14 years. She was a longtime member of the Membership Committee, and co-chair of Corporate Outings. She is most remembered for her important service as chair or co-chair of the Junior Development Committee/Activities Council from 1997 to 2020. When she started there were less than 20 juniors at the Club and recently we had over 200 juniors. Barbara helped hundreds of children by raising monies to benefit junior tennis through the WSTC Foundation. She also raised additional funds for children’s scholarships into the junior development program, and helped offset costs for their National Team to travel and compete against the country’s top clubs. She obtained many scholarships for our top juniors to the IMG/Bollettieri Sports Academy in Florida. The WSTC was Barbara’s second home. She often said “juniors are our future”. She quickly learned the names of the new kids and their parents and inquired about their schools and interests. If they were not members, she would make sure to tell the parents the benefits of joining the Club. Barbara was passionate about member recruitment and for many years organized recruitment tables and tennis courts at neighborhood events. She also organized volunteers for the entire week for the “Little Mo” Internationals tournament each August. Barbara was truly an ambassador for the WSTC who loved to tell our story, support the juniors and recruit new members. She proudly represented the Club wherever she went, from the NYC subway to the US Open luxury boxes. Barbara was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She was a graduate of Fordham University with a BA in Economics. Barbara was director of special projects and assistant to the president of Brae Capital Corporation, a private investment firm in New York City, for over 30 years. She was also affiliated with the Deerfield Foundation and the Swiss Army Knife Foundation. Her good friend Nick Bollettieri sent this tribute about Barbara: “I was blessed to know and work with Barbara Chin. Barbara was instrumental in helping me get the money to start the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now the IMG Academy, with Mr. (Louis) Marx. It would be impossible for me to explain the impact Barbara Chin had on (my) life, and I know there are countless people who would say the same thing of Barbara.” Barbara is survived by two nieces in Florida and two in Jamaica, along with other family members. Condolences to the family may be sent to her niece Barbara Holland, 9616 Bahia Road, Ocala, FL 34472; Email: bcc3gator@aol.com; Tel: 352-454-6904. Barbara will be buried in Ocala, Florida on October 3rd. The family plans to hold a memorial service for Barbara at WSTC at a future date. Barbara’s enthusiasm, generosity and contributions are a legacy which will live on at the Club she so loved. Her family is requesting contributions in honor of her memory be made to the Barbara Chin Junior Development Fund at the West Side Tennis Club. (Checks may be made out to West Side Tennis Club with a memo note on the check regarding the Junior Fund.)
  • Interment

    Location
    Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens
    Address
    5050 SW 20th Street
    OCALA, FL 34474
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Brenda Casey

Posted at 10:36pm
I met Barbara as an undergraduate student at Fordham University. We have been friends for many years. I remember Barbara as a very caring and compassionate person. She invited me to work with the homeless population years ago. We would go to churches and helped serve food or we would make sandwiches to distribute to them. Barbara was always concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of others. She also loved the arts. We attended many Broadway and off Broadway shows over the years. I missed my friend of my years. An abundance of blessings to her family. God has received another angel.
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Dianne

Posted at 05:58pm
I'd like to offer my condolences to Barbara's family and friends on behalf of Robert's Funeral Homes - Dianne L. Conner, LFD
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Lily C

Posted at 01:53pm
Deepest sympathies to Barbara's family and many friends. She was a wonderful person with a heart the size of Ashe Stadium. I keep the memory of her big smile as she entered Ashe and Armstrong stadiums at the US Open each year - with joy in anticipation of watching great tennis live. Her dedication to and support of juniors through tennis is inspiring. Her always cheerful outlook and enthusiasm is very much missed.
Have made a donation in her memory to Heart of Dinner, a charity that delivers meals to Asian seniors in NYC isolated during the pandemic that I think she would have loved. https://www.heartofdinner.com/
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