Posted On November 9th, 2012 -

Tai Yau Chung, CLU, ChFC, 84 year old retired president of Chung Insurance and Investment Group, died peacefully on October 23, 2012. He was born in Chungshan, China on June 2, 1928. In 1939, his father, Hong Chee Chung, brought him at the age of 11 years old and his mother, Sook Ee Lum Chung, to Hawaii. Tai Yau was educated at Kauluwela Elementary School and Kalakaua Intermediate School. After graduating from Farrington High School in 1948, he enrolled in Phillip’s College of Commerce and graduated with honors. After 10 years in the life insurance business, Tai Yau was named the agency manager of the West Coast Life Insurance Company in Hawaii. His agency was the most productive in the West Coast Life Insurance family and it boasted the honorable distinction of having all of its agents being members of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the premier association of financial professionals. In addition to being a life member of MDRT, he was a member and former president of General Agents and Managers Association, former treasurer of Hawaii State Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and a member of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He was listed in Who’s Who in Hawaii and Who’s Who in Business and Finance in America. Besides being successful in his professional life, Tai Yau was a community leader with a passion for helping others. He has served as president and emeritus director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, United Chinese Society, Ching Clan Benevolent Society and the Triple C Club. He was also a member of the See Dai Doo Society, Oahu Country Club, Farrington Alumni Community Foundation, Aloha Shriners, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. He was a director for the Palolo Chinese Home and a charter member of the Ala Moana Rotary Club. Tai Yau was preceded in death by Alana Dung, his 3 year old granddaughter who died from leukemia but left a legacy of increasing the Hawaii Bone Marrow Registry by 30,788 donors and multiple bone marrow matches. He is survived by his loving wife, Norah Chung, his son, Dr. Alvin H. L. Chung, his daughter, Adelia Chung Dung and son-in-law Stephen Dung, two grandchildren, Spencer and Erin Dung, and his sister, Lillian Chang and brother-in-law Frank Chang. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 18 at Punahou School’s Thurston Memorial Chapel from 10 am – 12 noon. A celebration of his life will be held at 12:30 pm. Burial will follow at the Manoa Chinese Cemetery. Donations are suggested to Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific and the Alana Dung Research Foundation.

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