March 6, 1915 – September 4, 2020
The Remarkable Dr. Choon Law. Friends and family of Dr. Choon Law regret to announce that he passed away September 4th at the age of 105!
As a friend remarked, “Anyone born during World War I packed so much history into their lifetime! From bi planes to walking on the moon, from model T’s to electric cars, Choon lived a lifetime and a half. Not many people can say that!”
Choon was born in British Malaya on March 6th, 1915 where his father had a rubber plantation. Rubber became profitable during and after World War I. Choon’s high school education was expensive, costing $3.50 per month during the great depression. He graduated in 1934, then attended university and medical school in Canton, China.
Choon completed his MD in 1941. As he was completing his degree Japan attacked China. This resulted in a transfer to an Airforce Hospital supported jointly by China and the USA. At the end of World War II, Choon returned to Canton and the University Hospital. An American surgeon friend suggested an opportunity in
Philadelphia. In 1947 Choon took that opportunity and then moved on to Memphis!
He then saw Canada as a good alternative and contacted Paul Martin Sr., the Canadian Health Minister. An opening in a Prince Rupert hospital brought Choon to British Columbia. There, he met a very attractive nurse from Winnipeg!
Choon married Hylda Walker in 1953. His medical career brought the couple to Sardis where Choon looked after patients at the Coqualeetza Hospital until its closure
in 1969. Grand Chief Frank Malloway was a grateful patient.
After the hospital closure, Choon commuted to Nanaimo and served communities along our rugged coastline. He was not a fan of those small airplane trips but it was his failing eyesight that led to his retirement.
Choon and Hylda then enjoyed his long retirement travelling globally and all over North America. They enjoyed their Eden Drive home since 1969 and created a beautiful garden there.
Choon was predeceased by all of his siblings. He is survived by many nieces and nephews in the lower mainland. Choon lost Hylda just eleven months ago. Both preferred end of life care at home.
Choon was so fond of his caregivers from Nurse Next Door and Gold Heart. They are a wonderful group of women and he took an interest in their lives and careers. This last year visitors and caregivers would be hoarse from talking to Choon. But if you suggested hearing aids he would say, “Well, my hearing is still pretty good!”
The family would like to thank special friends, Bob and Val Friesen, Jo and John Tymoschuk, and especially neighbors Brad and Michelle Edmondson. Brad answered many calls for help, and his support was essential for Choon and the care team. No service is planned at this time.
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