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Austin Carroll Wah

August 8, 1925 ~ June 1, 2021 (age 95)


Austin Carroll Wah, 95, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2021 at his home at Mercy Ridge Retirement Community. Born August 8, 1925 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Chin Foy Wah and Louise Wah, “nee Shee,” and a loving devoted husband to Kim Poo Wah, “nee Yan.”

He served on the USS Breese, which led the fleet to clear the seas in advance of the Battle of Okinawa, the last major battle of WWII. In Spring 2021, he was honored with a Congressional Gold Medal for Chinese American Veterans who served during the war.

Austin met his wife Kim in 1947 in China, they settled in Baltimore, and were happily married for 73 years. The couple welcomed guests, from all walks of life, to enjoy home-cooked Chinese meals. They went on to open and grow a profitable dry cleaning business.

Austin loved to laugh and tell stories, and had a special place in his heart for family gatherings. He was an avid fan of the Orioles, Ravens, and the old Baltimore Colts. At Mercy Ridge, he was a well-loved resident; enthusiastically leading the weekly bocce games, regularly called bingo, and looked forward to his nightly pool games with good friends.

Survived by his wife, and his children Stephen Wah of Westminster, Sharon Nickol (Andrew) of Baltimore, Jacqueline Wah of Honolulu, and Gary Wah of Lutherville; sisters Pearl Wah of Lutherville, Katherine Wah and Joan Wah, both of Randallstown; grandchildren Jae, David, John, Aaron and Audrea; great-grandchildren Liam, Cash, Mailey, Van, Maya and Tate. Predeceased by brothers Phillip and Henry Wah. Private services held at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Mausoleum Chapel.

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