Key figure in Chinese community in P.E.I. dies

Published on March 20, 2014

Wei-Ching Lin

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A funeral service will be held Saturday in Charlottetown for Dr. Wei-Ching Lin, a highly respected member of the Chinese community in P.E.I.who died Monday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at the age of 83.

A native of Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, he first came to P.E.I. in 1968 to teach university level physics at Prince of Wales College, which merged the following year with St. Dunstan’s University to form UPEI.

Lin served as chair of the physics department at UPEI for decades, retiring in 1995.

A key figure in the Chinese community, he was a founding member of the Chinese Canadian Association of P.E.I.

During his life on the Island, Lin made significant contributions to the Chinese community and played a key role in raising the visibility and prestige of the Chinese here.

Dr. Min Chiang, who came to P.E.I. a year before Lin to teach at Prince of Wales College and also went on to teach at UPEI for many years, said Wednesday the Chinese community is mourning the loss of a great man. Chiang said Lin was highly regarded in the community.

He said Lin will be remembered as a gentleman who treated everyone equally.

Lin is survived by his wife, Hsey-Er (Lucy) Lin, who is also a retired physics professor. He is also survivedby a son, Edward, and a grandson, Caleb.

Also surviving are five siblings, Keh-Hsien Hsiao, Hsiao-Tseng Lin, In-Er Lin, Hsiou-Er Lin and Chi-Liang Lin.

Remains are resting at the Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home for visiting hours on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held in the funeral home chapel Saturday at 3 p.m.