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Obituary: Peter C. Chan, 1932-2013, Burlington

Published October 6, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

Peter C. Chan
  • Peter C. Chan

Peter passed away one year ago at the Green Mountain Nursing Home after a long illness on October 12, 2013.

In 1959, he came to study at SUNY at New Paltz and got a bachelor’s degree. Later, while teaching in Burlington, Vt., he worked for a master’s degree at the University of Vermont.

He taught in Colchester, Vt. Then Lyman C. Hunt and Burlington High School until he retired in 1994. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and making friends with his students, colleagues and administrators. His department head Tony Trono wrote a most touching sympathy card which is a treasure; it is as if he’s writing for every student, every parent and everyone else who knew Peter in school. Peter’s wife of fifty-three years, Dell, now a widow, talks to Peter sometimes. She read him all the sympathy cards she received. She knows Peter is proud of them.

Peter is also survived by his older sister in Singapore and many nieces and nephews there. The only great-nephew outside of Singapore is Feric Low, wife Marlene and their son Justin of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They visited Peter often. Feric was by Peter’s bedside last October.

Peter lived his life to the fullest. He was always grateful he had so many friends to play tennis with, also ping-pong, badminton and go downhill skiing with; and sailing and racing in their sunfish.

A Burlington High student, Eric Bush, started playing badminton with Peter as a beginner. By the time he finished college, Eric was qualified for a Thomas Cup Team. He was Peter’s pride and joy.

Peter loved to drive. Peter and Dell drove six times from VT to CA and back. That’s twelve times cross-country.

For those friends who did not have the same hobbies as Peter, we would go out to dinner together.

We all had a good life with Peter Chan. May he rest in peace.

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