Dr. Robert Chen, FRCP

August 1, 1934 - November 6, 2021
November 12, 2021 14 Condolences Print Obituary

Born in Rangoon, Burma to parents George Chen and Kim Kee, Robert Chen spent his childhood years in Rangoon, Chongqing, and Calcutta. A cosmopolitan soul whose remarkable intelligence was fuelled by lifelong learning, Robert attended the Calcutta Boys School (the first Chinese student), studied world religions in London, and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He went on to work at various hospitals in London, as well as the Manchester Children’s Hospital and Warrington General Hospital, where he met Pam. Robert and Pam immigrated to Canada in 1965 and settled in Edmonton. Robert’s training in paediatrics and endocrinology took him from Dublin to London, Munich, Edmonton, and Pittsburgh, before establishing a successful 42-year paediatric practice in Edmonton. 

Robert had a passion for cars, literature, music, travel, food, and reading. His kindness and ability to speak with wisdom and humour on all subjects endeared him to many. A private and principled person, Robert also loved to travel with family, sharing his memories of the cities he had lived in and exploring new places. Always dreaming and planning future trips, we know he will be with us on all our journeys, near and far.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years Pam, children Kim (Richard), Tina (Steven), David (Tobi), grandchildren Emily, Tommy & Charlotte, Cecilia & Davey, Robbie & Nicky (mother Jen), and nieces Jane and Avril. He is also mourned by his half-sisters Margaret, Nellie, Olga, Patti, Queenie, and Rose. 

At Robert’s request, his life will be celebrated at a private family gathering. Donations can be made in his honour to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (royalalex.org)

  1. Dr. Chen was my paediatrician throughout my childhood and into my adulthood. I remember the day he told me it was time to find another doctor. I did so reluctantly but luckily I was then a mother and got to take my 2 children to his clinic.
    I also remember as a young child waiting for him to join the practise at the Baker Clinic. He was an amazing doctor and quiet and gentle soul.
    My deepest sympathy to his family.
    May the memories you hold close to your heart bring you comfort in the days to come. ❤️

    • Thank you so much for your sweet words and memories , it is very comforting to read such nice thoughts and memories of him . He always loved being a paediatrician and looking after all his patients ❤️

  2. Dr Chen was our sons’ pediatrician until they no longer needed a pediatrician. A kinder, gentler man could not be imagined. Condolences to his Family.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words ❤️

  3. Dear Pam and Family,

    Condolences on Robert’s passing. His was a life well-lived. I know you will miss him.
    I think of you often and hope you are well.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Barnhart

    • Thank you so much Chris.He will be sadly missed.
      Pam

    • Thanks Chris.He will be dearly missed.
      Robert was such a wonderful husband father and grandad and loved dearly.

  4. Dear Mrs. Chen, Kim, Tina, David and families. It has been many years, decades really, since our paths intersected, but I do have many happy memories playing in the Chen house with Kim during grade 5 and 6. I was sorry to read about the passing of your husband / dad. My condolences to you all. My best wishes, Alexandra Sheppard

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and memories ❤️ ❤️ So nice to hear from you ❤️

  5. So very sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My sincere condolences to you Pam and the entire family.
    GLennis Mossey.

    • Thanks Glennis.He was such a great husband,father and grandad.
      We will all miss him very much.

  6. Pam, Kim, Tina and David and families:
    My condolences on the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. May his memory be a blessing.

  7. Our thoughts and our love are with you all at this sad time and in the days ahead. He sounds like a wonderful man who made a difference through his service and kindness. We send your our condolences and hugs and lots of love.

    • Thanks for your kind words and hugs. So nice to hear from you.

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