Albert Chi-Yang Yu
Aug 22, 1932 - Jan 21, 2020
Albert Chi-Yang Yu (余志楊), 87, of Sacramento, Calif., passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours on January 21, 2020. He was the 32nd generation decedent, denoted as the “chung” (“中”; pinyin: zhong) generation of the Yu Clan from Guangdong Province in China, which originated in 900 A.D. under the Sung Dynasty. He is predeceased by his wife Mrs. Linda Yuen-Ling Yu, who passed away March 2012 at the age of 77.
Albert was born August 22, 1932 in the Village of Taishan, Taishan County, Guangdong Province, Republic of China (ROC), to Wilkie Chih Yu (father) and Ngan-Wa Tang (mother). Albert’s father, Wilkie Yu, had returned to help industrialize China in 1929 from Detroit, Mich., where he worked as an engineer with two auto companies after graduating with a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1925.
Albert is survived by his older brother, Lee Mah (nee Chi-Ming Yu), 89, and sisters Chi-Kan (Wong), 78, and Chi-Bik (Chung), 72; and his children, daughters Lillian Chiuying (Lee), 58 of Vancouver, BC, Canada and Susan Chiuking (Fong), 57, of Elk Grove, Calif., and sons Edward Chiuwa, 53, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Irving Chiuheng, 50, of Pasadena, Calif., along with their spouses, Darryl Lee, Phillip Fong, Kamila Yu (nee Krawczyk) and Sharon Yu (nee Lo), respectively.
Albert was a loving an adoring grandfather to eleven grandchildren who ranged in age from less than 1 year old to over 28 years old. He was known as “gung-gung” to Russell, 25, and Carolyn, 24, (children of Lillian) and to Andrew, 28, Alexander, 25, and Janelle, 20 (children of Susan). He was known as “yeh-yeh” to Sandra, 19, Brandon, 7, and Logan, 4 mos. (children of Edward) and to Aaron, 17, Keilah, 12, and Madalyn, 7 (children of Irving).
Albert married Linda Yuen-Ling Wong in Guangzhou, China in 1959. They moved to the British Colony of Hong Kong in 1962 to escape from communist People’s Republic of China, until immigrating to America in 1969. They came to the US to seek better medical treatment for Linda, who had severe respiratory issues. In 1972, Linda had surgery at the age of 37 to remove half of her left lung, which was so life changing she would go on to say “America gave her a second life”.
Albert earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China (class of 1954), specializing in power generation, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in Sacramento, Calif., now known as Sac State (class of 1982). His master thesis was on the use of water as a means of cooling photovoltaic solar cells to optimize electricity generation.
Albert worked for Cummins Engine Watson & Meehan in West Sacramento, Calif. for over 25 years and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union (“IAM”). He worked as a merchant marine engineer for Swire Companies in Hong Kong, where he traveled extensively in the seas adjacent the South China Sea from Japan in the North (East) to Thailand in the South (West), prior to immigrating to the US.
Albert was cremated and his remains were placed on top of wife Linda’s casket in a burial ceremony at 11:00am PST on February 16, 2020 in the East Lawn Cemetery located at 4300 Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento, Calif. Following the burial service, a celebratory luncheon was held at the Yum Buffet located at 4300 Florin Road in Sacramento, Calif. from 12:15pm to 2:15pm PST.