Robert Chan Kent June 19, 1919 - April 19, 2017 Robert passed peacefully at home on April 19, 2017 just eight weeks short of his 98th birthday.
Robert was born in Victoria to Charles and Toy Chan-Kent on June 19th, 1919, their third child and oldest son and one of eventually fourteen brothers and sisters. Robert accomplished much in his 98 years. He was one of the first Chinese UBC Commerce graduates in 1941. He joined the Chinese Regiment of the Canadian Army in 1944 and parachuted into Burma at the end of WW2. Later he would become an active member of Army Navy Air Force Veterans Unit 280 serving as president. Upon returning to Vancouver he began a life-long career working in the family business, Aero Garment and Kent Clothiers. In his later years Robert could be found enjoying a round of golf with his brothers or a good but noisy game of mahjong with his friends. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing at his home in Palm Springs. To all who knew Robert, he was a kind, unassuming, gentle man, forever happy and always ready to lend a hand to someone in need. Robert was a devoted husband and his greatest joy and source of pride was his family.
Robert is survived by his wife of 69 years, Lesley; his children, Bob (Linda-Mae), Randy (Lorraine), David (Leslie), and Nancy (Bill); his much loved grandchildren Kat (Telyn), Tracey (Rob), Hilary (Chris), Lindsay, Shannon, Marissa, Connor, Madison, Matthew, and David; and his two great-granddaughters Olivia and Vivian.
Robert is predeceased by his brothers Wellington and Bunny and sister Louise (Bob) and survived by his sisters Mary, Doris, Bessie (Eddie), Kay, Suzy, Noreen and his brothers Joe, Ernie (Yvonne), Sonny, and Peter (Rosabelle).
A celebration of life will take place on May 1, 2017 from 2:00PM - 5:00PM at Marine Drive Golf Club, 7425 Yew Street, Vancouver. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Apr. 27 to Apr. 29, 2017.