LOWELL Kam Chao, 80, of Lowell, died peacefully Monday, February 29, 2016, at Lowell General Hospital with his beloved family by his side. He was the loving husband to Khann (Yin) Chao with whom he would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this coming October.
A son of the late Sao Chao and the late Khan (Hei) Chao, he was born December 12, 1935, in Battambang, Cambodia, where he was raised and educated. He worked as a businessman in the rice industry and was a partner in a Cambodian factory that dealt with importing and exporting of rice. In March of 1981, he came to the United States settling in Newton before relocating to Lowell in 1986, where he made his home until his death.
Kam overcame many challenges and much adversity to provide his family with a better life. He was a hard worker and had worked for Haynes Management in Wellesley for twelve years before his retirement in 1993.
He was a brave man with a generous heart and most of all loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was fluent in many languages including Mandarin and Cantonese, Khmer, Thai, Laotian, and English. He also enjoyed watching television, especially Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Sports. He will also be remembered for his love of cars and working on them.
Besides his wife, Khann, he is survived by his children Sann Chao and his wife, Young Chea, of Long Beach, CA, Wendy Connors and her husband, Henry, of Framingham, Cindy Chao-Rich and her husband, David Rich, of Pepperel, Nam Chao and his wife, Amy Sit, of Marlborough, Mark Chao and his wife, Karen of Aldie, VA, and Chon Bordeleau and her husband, Matt, of Lowell; his seven grandchildren, Walter Chao, McKenzie Connors, Jolina and Scott Rich, Ethan Chao, Tyler and Lilly Bordeleau; his brother, Chouy Chao of China, Voo Yam of Cambodia as well as many nieces and nephews including Sann Yam, and his family, of Queens, NY, Sueann Rasavong, and her family, and Lee Yin and his family, all of Lowell, his brother in law, Khin Sann Yin of Lowell; and his grand dogs, Lacie Connors and QQ Chao.
He was also the father of the late Koke Chao.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HIS VISITATION 4 UNTIL 8 P.M. AND HIS FUNERAL SERVICE AT 7 P.M. ON FRIDAY AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND ST., LOWELL. ON SATURDAY MORNING, YOU ARE INVITED TO THE GLORY BUDDHIST TEMPLE, 24 CAMBRIDGE ST., LOWELL FROM 7:30 A.M. UNTIL 9:30 A.M. FOR HIS FUNERAL SERVICES FOLLOWED BY BURIAL IN WESTLAWN II CEMETERY