OBITUARY

Bing To Nathan Chan

17 January, 196113 October, 2020
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Mr. Nathan Chan died peacefully in Burnaby General Hospital on October 13th in Burnaby, BC at the age of 61.

Nathan is survived by his mother; wife, Daisy; daughter, Henrietta and nine siblings.

Nathan was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from University of Guelph in 1985 with a degree in Business Administration. He married Daisy, his university sweetheart in 1999. In 2001, the couple welcomed their lovely daughter into their home. His daughter remembers him as a kind father who encouraged her to pursue her goals.

Nathan was a generous individual who loved literature and who was passionate about cooking.

A funeral is scheduled at 10:00am on November 13th at Ocean View Funeral Home Chapel. Due to the pandemic, please RSVP with Daisy, email dchan205@yahoo.com if you are going to attend.

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The family would like to thank all the staff in the Oncology Clinic and PCU at Burnaby General Hospital, staff at Nancy Chan Ambulatory Palliative Care Clinic, Evergreen Community Health Centre for their dedicated care.

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Biography

In the song of life, Nathan Chan was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Nathan preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Nathan believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything he did. Nathan perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

Nathan was born and raised in Hong Kong. As a young child, Nathan was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Nathan rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

Early on in his family relationships, Nathan showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with nine siblings. He had one older brother Bing Cheung, 3 older sisters, 1 younger brother and 4 younger sisters. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation. He became a good cook when he had to look after the younger siblings when parents were at work.

As he was growing up, Nathan developed into a person who enjoyed physically doing things, and he took pleasure in using his hands in order to create. Whether it was drawing pictures, working with building kits, or even just tapping out a rhythm to play by, Nathan liked concrete things. He was a first aid attendant in St. John Ambulance. However, to Nathan, the most fun he had was simply playing, and spending time with friends.

Early on in his school years, Nathan showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in literature. At times, school learning did not provide Nathan with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, he could often be “lost in a book” well above his grade level. His passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even his teachers recognized it. His favorite class in high school was Chinese Literature. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Lam and eventually became his boss in his early career.

In college, Nathan showed that he was able to focus on what was necessary. He found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested him. Using his understanding of language, Nathan was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. He also demonstrated his artistic temperament and talent, even in classes that weren’t typically considered art courses. Nathan’s ability to assemble highly creative projects became second nature to him. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Guelph in 1985. His favorite courses were Economics. He loved to play badminton in the gym and went fishing in the famous Speed River in Guelph.

Those who didn’t know Nathan well might not view him as being an outgoing person, those who called him their friend knew differently. Nathan was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced his opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that his kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Nathan’s, you understood how true a friend he could be. While growing up, some of his best friends were Peter Siu and Chi Yau Chiu in High School in Hong Kong, and Newman Lau, William Lee and Wai Fung in Guelph. Later in his career, he became friends with Kam Sing Yew, Amjad Nawaz, Joe Chong, Fan Ga Ga, Wu Min, Tracy Lau, Shum Wan Wah and many others.

A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Nathan had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned.

Nathan was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his only daughter. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Nathan was blessed with his daughter, Henrietta.

Nathan found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. He was the owner of his business. He gave a big hand to help his brothers and sister to establish their own careers.

Nathan enjoyed his leisure time by having road trips with friends and family. Some road trips included Tibet, Thailand, Loas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Alaska, and many others, just to name a few.

Nathan liked sports. Recreational sports included playing badminton. Nathan was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were women's volleyball and soccer.

When Nathan’s retirement finally arrived in 2018, he was well prepared. Even in retirement, Nathan continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances, like Tai Chi class.

Nathan passed away on October 13, 2020 at Burnaby General Hospital. He is survived by wife Daisy, daughter Henrietta and 9 siblings. Services were held at Ocean View Funeral Home Chapel. Nathan was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Nathan was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Nathan always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Nathan was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Nathan Chan.

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