Chih Chi Yang of Charlotte, North Carolina, aged 69, passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center, of complications following a stroke. He was in the loving presence of his family and loved ones.
Affectionately known as “Duck,” Chih Chi was born on April 5, 1949 in Urumqi, China. While still a newborn, his family travelled though a warzone following the Chinese Civil War to relocate in Taiwan, where he grew up. Chih Chi was always attracted to mechanical engineering, which was his specialty when he graduated from the China Maritime College. The time he spent operating merchant marine vessels allowed him to see the world. In later life, to honor his father’s career issuing stamps for the Republic of China, Duck became a philatelist.
Duck was known for his youthful exuberance and selfless devotion to the happiness and well-being of his friends and family. The greatest joy of his life was his wife, Qin Wang, with whom he had just celebrated their tenth anniversary. They shared a love for travel and music – especially love songs - and nothing brought him more happiness than making her smile and laugh.
Chih Chi made a career out of running massive structures, from cargo ships to hotels and multi-use commercial facilities. But his greatest work was having raised his son, Jesse. Duck always tried to instill the best of himself in his son, and visits or updates from Jesse caused his heart to swell. Seeing his son grow up to exceed his highest expectations gave him an overwhelming sense of pride.
He is survived by his wife, Qin Wang; his son, Jesse Yang; his sisters, Shirley Sherwood, Chih Tai Yang, and Ping Yang; and his brothers David C. H. Yang and King Yang. “Uncle Duck” is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews
A celebration of Duck’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 10:00 AM at Hankins & Whittington, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 with a short service to follow.