May 2008

Richard Chan was born in June 1949 in New York City, New York. He is one of five children of James and Ying Chan. Growing up on Long Island, Richie attended South Side High School in Rockville Centre where he graduated in 1967.

He enlisted in the United States Navy after high school and served from 1968 through 1971. Richie received training at the Navy's Engineman Class "A" school at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL and River Assault Craft school at the Naval Inshore Operations Training Center in Vallejo, CA. He served from 1969 to 1970 in the Mekong Delta in the Republic of South Vietnam on River Assault Boat Duty and Maintenance at the Naval Support Activity, Saigon, Detachment Dong Tam. On his return from Vietnam, Richie was assigned to a destroyer out of Boston, Ma. and reached the rank of Petty Officer Second Class, Engineman.

In August of 1974, Richie married Louise Tsang and they have two daughters, Donna and Katherine. The Chan's reside in Staten Island, New York. Richie is involved in community service and serves as an usher at the Church of St Charles on Staten Island. He is a founding member of the Fishermen's Conservation Association where he serves as the Treasurer for a 1,000 member group. He also is a member of the Natural Resources Protective Association. In his spare time, if he is not on his computer, you will find him fishing the surf along the shores of Staten Island.

Richie started in the automotive industry in 1977 at Universal Ford under the direction of the late Life Member Roger Tomassi. He started as a Mechanic's Helper and worked his way up to Class "A" Mechanic. He supervised the new truck pre-delivery department and later worked his way up to Assistant Service Manager. At night, he attended New York City Technical College and received an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology with honors. Richie moved on in 1986 to work once again with his mentor, Roger Tomassi at Metropolitan International Trucks as an Assistant Service Manager. In 1991, Richie joined Atlantic Express, Inc. as a Shop Foreman at their Shore Parkway, Brooklyn facility. In 1992, Richie made a move to Mead Truck Renting as Service Manager working along with Member John Collura, the Director of Maintenance. Mead Truck Renting was sold in 1993 and Richie once again returned to Atlantic Express Inc. as a Shop Foreman working at their Exterior St. Bronx facility. In 1994, Richie moved again to work with Life Member George Ferraro at Maher Terminals, Inc. as a Maintenance Supervisor. He was promoted to Field Engineer in 1998 and then Maintenance Manager in 2002.

Richie joined the Society in 1983 and has been active in various committees and on the Executive Board. He has served as the Bylaws Chairman and is currently the Data Services Chairman and Newsletter Editor. He has the distinct title as the longest serving Newsletter Editor for the Society. Richie retired from the industry in January 2008 and has been elected to Life Member status.

 

 


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