Orrin Cho

June 3, 1925 - June 9, 2017
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Orrin Cho, born in San Francisco, California, died peacefully on June 9, 2017 in El Cerrito, California. He was 92 years old.

Orrin and his wife, Nice, were married since 1948 and were long-time residents of El Cerrito. Nice passed away in 2016, and was joined by Orrin this month. Many Berkeley residents remember Orrin as the owner/operator of Famous Meat Market in Berkeley, California. He then worked as a butcher for Food Bowl Super Market where he later retired. Orrin was the proud father of 5 children, loving grandfather to 5 grandchildren, and was blessed with 6 great grandchildren. He is survived by:
(grouped by family)

Son – Arthur (Jan) Cho
Grandson – Greg (Harmony) Cho
Great-grandchildren – Jaxon, Kalli and Addyson Cho
Granddaughter – Kristie (Tom) Duffy
Great-grandchildren – Tommy, Cooper and Hailey Duffy

Daughter – Diane Cho

Daughter – Joanne Kihara
Grandson – Kenneth Kihara

Son – Andrew (Gail) Cho
Grandchildren – Devin and Alyssa Cho

Daughter – Marcia Cho (Mike Huston)

When not spending time with his growing family, Orrin enjoyed gardening with Nice, fishing, music, and mahjong. He was a devout Christian and worshipped with the congregation at Berkeley Chinese Baptist Church.

A service will be held for Orrin at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito, California on June 23, 2017 at 10:30am where he will then be laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Nice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization that had meaning in Orrin’s life:

Berkeley Chinese Baptist Church (BCBC)
1951 Sacramento St
Berkeley, CA 94702
In 1998, Orrin and Nice were baptized together at BCBC, affirming their dedication to Christ, and promising devotion to God’s will.

R.E.A.C.H. West for Special Adults
4221 San Pablo Dam Rd
El Sobrante, CA 94803
R.E.A.C.H. West is a non-profit started in 2009 by his son Andrew and other parents of children with special needs. Andrew’s son, Devin, has autism. Please check out their website for further information: www.reachwest.org

Sutter Home Health and Hospice Care
P.O. Box 160045
Sacramento, CA 95816
Sutter Home Health and Hospice Care were the last team to care for Orrin during his final days of illnesses. Through their caring and compassion, Orrin was kept pain-free and comfortable.

Or Cards and Memorials may be mailed to:
The Family of Orrin Cho
c/o Sunset View Cemetery
P.O. Box 187
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530


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Born: June 3, 1925
Died: June 9, 2017

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Kathy posted on 6/14/17

When my Dad, Kong Go, was living in Albany (c. 2003-2012), we would drive past 2025 San Pablo Ave in Berkeley every so often on the way to or from Oakland. I always tried to catch a glimpse of the building. The sign said "Rainbow Donuts" and it would give me cause to chuckle. I could recognize the entryway, the door set back a few steps from the sidewalk and the two display windows on each side. My mind would flashback to many decades ago (c. 1960s-1970s) when this was Uncle Orrin's "Famous Meat Market", an old-fashioned butcher shop. I would imagine Uncle Orrin with a smile, standing in front of the market with his apron or a butcher coat on, beckoning us in. Inside would be a long refrigerated glass case with fresh cut meats that the customer could select and have hand-wrapped in butcher paper, with the buzz of the meat saws in the background. How can they be serving donuts here now? In my mind, it'll always be "Famous Meat Market". Thanks, Uncle Orrin, for the memories. With love, Kathy Go Ang


Mike Huston posted on 6/18/17

Orrin and Nice were mirror images of my Mom and Dad. Despite vast cultural differences, we made a family of love and respect. My Dad and Orrin were hard-working fathers that gave us opportunities that they didn't have; and mixed the lessons of life with fun and good cheer. I miss them both on this Father's day. And miss all of them in our daily lives.


May Wong posted on 6/16/17

Dear Orrin, I Love this picture with your happy smiling face Orrin. I feel you are smiling right at me. As every time I visit you and Nice, you always give me a big warm smiling welcome. "Hello May, how are you? good to see you." And that makes me happy to be so welcomed. Many times I visited Nice and Orrin. Nice will always cook something special for dinner and when dinner is about ready, Nice often tells me to phone Kong to come over for dinner and Kong will always happily say "sure I will be there" as Kong likes Nice's cooking, as we all do. Kong is always happy to be invited. Afterwards, as we are all enjoying our dessert we would often talk about the good ole times we had at the farm. We did not have much material wise, but we had each other and enjoyed ourselves along with a bunch of cousins to play and go to school together. We were all happy as a lark. Many times I visited Nice and Orrin and after dinner we would all watch T.V. Orrin's job was to wash the dishes, Nice does the cooking, I often offered to help Orrin with the dishes but he would not let me and say's "Your sister will get mad at me." But sometimes I would say "It is almost time for Jeopardy and he would hurry and finish the dishes and we would all sit down to enjoy our favorite programs Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Every weekday we try to never miss Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Today when I watch them I think of Orrin and Nice and the happy times we shared together. I will miss you Orrin, but I am happy that there is someone on the other side of the vale waiting patiently for you. Your beloved wife Nice and I will not feel so sad, but think of all the happy times I shared and treasured with you and Nice. Your sister-in-law, May Wong


Jo posted on 6/14/17

2012: Marcia and I took Mom and Dad to Oahu. It was one of their favorite vacation spots, and the last time they were able to make the trip. Marcia rented us a beautiful timeshare condo for the trip. It had a balcony overlooking a rooftop where the Hilton Luau took place every night. Despite us taking them to the Luau one night, Nice & Orrin still enjoyed watching the Luau from our balcony; even subsequent nights. It was the scene of one of our favorite Nice & Orrin pics. I love this picture. It says everything about Nice & Orrin. They were inseparable. They were in love. It didn't matter if they were watching the same show for 5 consecutive nights. As long as they were doing it together. Dad, I can see your smiling face as soon as you joined Mom in Heaven. You are Home with her again. This time for eternity. Love you both always, Jo


Michael Huston posted on 6/18/17

Happy Father's Day Dad. We miss celebrating this day with you today but know that you are happily reunited with Mom. Mike and I will always remember the fun we had this last year playing MJ, blackjack, enjoying the prime rib at the turf club and watching you win and our lunches at your favorite place, Little Hong Kong. Please say hi to Mom, we miss her too. Love and kisses to both of you!