On February 17, 2020, Mr. Lian Pao Chang, 103 years old, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1916 in Zhujiayi village, Zhejiang Province in China. As a child, he grew up and was educated in Shanghai and married Mrs. Sai Ying Wang in 1939. They were married for 62 years until she passed away in 2001.
As a young husband and father of two children, Alice and William, Mr. Chang worked for a local company until he was sent to Hong Kong for work due to the Japanese occupation of Shanghai. He and the family were reunited in Hong Kong around 1946. There, they had four more children, Charles, Gloria, Cindy, and Benjamin. They welcomed other family members into their home despite their modest means and he continued to work as an accountant to support his family and extended family members. After Alice and William immigrated to the United States, he and his wife immigrated to Canada with Gloria’s help in 1977 to join their other children.
Mr. Chang was a gentle and kind man, who came from a much different era than today. He lived a deeply rich life and saw the world change dramatically in his 103 years. He read widely on topics concerning history, politics, and religion. Throughout his life, he was a spiritual man and regularly attended the Chinese United Church when he moved to downtown Edmonton.
Mr. Chang was blessed with great health until his late 90s, allowing him to travel the world and remain active. In the end, he remained a caring and thoughtful man. He was beloved by his family and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by five children, Alice and her husband Chang, William and his wife Kitty, Gloria and her husband Paul, Cindy and her husband Michael, and Benjamin and his wife Shirley (Charles predeceased him in 2016); eleven grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.
We welcome his friends to the visitation on February 28, 2020 from 6-8 pm, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home 10011 114 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1R5.