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George "The Chief" Braithwaite Passes Away at the age of 86

By USATT Director of Communications - Chad Knasinski | Oct. 28, 2020, 6:25 p.m. (ET)

The Table Tennis World has lost player extraordinaire George Braithwaite.

USA Table Tennis Hall of Famer and former United Nations employee George Braithwaite, "The Chief", passed away on Monday, 26 October 2020, in New York, after a brief illness.

As a result of the Covid restrictions in place, George's home-going will be kept private.

Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

On behalf of the family, daughter Sharon, sons Sean and George Jr. thank you for keeping us in your prayers.

May his soul rest in peace.

USATT CEO Virginia Sung:

Chief was one of the people who welcomed me to the Table Tennis community when I first arrived in New York City from China at age 14. He was one of the people who told me to rise above when I faced many obstacles as the CEO of USATT. He was one of the people who joined me to celebrate the 48th Pingpong Diplomacy in Los Angela at age 85 to show his support. I always consider myself very lucky to have grown into a decent woman from this little girl who doesn't speak any English and get all the support from great people every step of the way; Chief is one of these great people who showed me the quality of excellence and passion for the sport. I will miss him deeply. 


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