George P. K. Ching, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 14, 2017 in Princeton, NJ.
Born in Beijing in 1926, George served in the Chinese National Army during the chaos of the Sino-Japanese War (World War II). In 1947 George left China to study in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as an engineer, then held a variety of corporate management positions, settling in Litchfield, CT while serving as Chief Financial Officer at the Timex Corporation. George and Jeannette, his wife, then founded their own business that focused first on petroleum processing, operating between West Africa and the Texas Gulf Coast and southern Europe, and later on the development of power plants and steel rolling facilities in China.
In the early 1970s, George was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise established by the U.S. Department of Commerce. George served on the vestry as warden at St. Michael’s in Litchfield and on the board of trustees for the Episcopal Church Foundation, the General Theological Seminary, and the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield. George was made a Commander in the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He will also be remembered for the example he set for living a generous, compassionate life, full of joy and humility.
George is survived by his wife, Jeannette; his son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Margaret; his daughter and son-in-law Dora Ching and Richard Wong; his daughter Valerie; and grandchildren Michael Ching, Kimberley Ching, and Isabel Wong. He is also survived by his elder sisters Minnie Dai, Julia Liu, and Lydia Siu, and his younger brother Hardy Ching.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
1) Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. Please designate your donation to the Hunger Fund in memory of George Ching. You may also make a donation online at: http://www.trinityprinceton.org/giving
2) St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, P.O. Box 248, Litchfield, CT 06759. Please designate your donation to the St. Michael’s Food Pantry in memory of George Ching.