Chi Nan Chen

October 2, 1922 ~ September 28, 2020 (age 97)


In loving memory of

Dr. Chi Nan Chen

October 2, 1922–September 28, 2020

We are deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Chi Nan Chen passed away peacefully on September 28, 2020 in Vancouver, with his wife and family by his side. He would have been 98 a few days later.

Beloved husband of Seok Im, loving father of Chih Hao (Paul Genney), Hsin, Ying (George Watt) and Feng, predeceased by daughter Chih Pien, and much loved kung kung to William, Lin and Sam, he will be profoundly missed.

While we mourn his passing, we are comforted that he had by any measure an exceptionally long and fulfilling life that exemplified his concern for the well-being of not only his family and friends, but also the broader community. This found expression in his career as a family physician and in his activities in support of the Wesley Methodist Church, his alma mater Anglo-Chinese School and the establishment of the College of General Practitioners in Singapore.

At an age when many would be content to retire, Chi Nan embarked on a second career after immigrating to Canada with his family. He retrained and qualified as a psychiatrist, practising until his retirement at the age of 88.

His intellectual curiosity and sense of enquiry continued unabated during retirement, although the deterioration of his health in recent years presented its challenges.

Chi Nan’s passing leaves an inestimable gap in the lives of his extended family, many good friends in Canada and abroad, former colleagues, and friends from St. Stephen’s United Church.

He was laid to rest in a private interment service at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a charitable donation “In Memory of Dr. Chi Nan Chen,” please consider the Canadian Mental Health Association (B.C. Division)

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