Shuyuan Chen

Shuyuan Chen

Friday, January 1st, 1937 Friday, February 19th, 2021

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Obituary for Shuyuan Chen

陈树元先生 生平


Shuyuan Chen’s Life

Mr. Shuyuan Chen was born on January 1st, 1937 and passed away on February 19th, 2021 at the age of 84. Shuyuan was the eldest son among five siblings in a large traditional Chinese family in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China. Shuyuan graduated from Changzhou Senior High School and was admitted to the Beijing Forestry University. He was one of the first generation of students with post-graduate research and education experience. Following graduation from graduate school, Shuyuan worked at the Chinese Academy of Sciences at both the Institute of Applied Ecology in Shenyang and at the Institute of Botanical Research in Nanjing. He was a respected scientist who conducted research on environmental protection and attained rare full professorship for his research accomplishments. Following his retirement, he immigrated to the United States to live with his younger son and has been a very active volunteer in community and senior services, a continued reflection of his caring and benevolent character.

Shuyuan was married to Mrs. Ying Shi. Together, they were loving and caring parents to three children and raised them both with thrift and diligence. All three children are well-educated with college degrees and have since assumed successful professional careers.

Shuyuan was handsome, knowledgeable and amiable – a man of true wisdom. He demonstrated great enthusiasm and kindness in his relationships with others. In life, he was filial to elders, and in career, he was skillful, meticulous and tremendously hardworking. His generosity, optimism and remarkable strength in the face of hardship have garnered him enormous respect and adoration from all family members, friends, and colleagues alike. He established strong family values and, along with his charisma and charm, has become a true role model for future generations.

The first half of his life was marked by significant hardship and adversity due to constant political turmoil, social instabilities and even war during that era in China. However, he remained firm in his pursuit for a better life for both him and his family. He carried forward that belief into the latter half of his life, eager for both justice and righteousness. He loved his wife, children and colleagues. While Shuyuan may not have accomplished monumental feats in his lifetime, he never ceased to demonstrate to future generations both the true meaning of kindness and the value of a superb work ethic. He will forever be remembered.

May Shuyuan be blessed by friends and family up in heaven.

Shuyuan Chen is survived by his wife Ying Shi, three loving children and 5 grandchildren

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May Mr. Chen Rest In Peace, May time sooth your sorrow. Remember we are here for you and your family.

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Dad's photo link is also accessible from Youku (pwd: 20210219)
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rui chen

For my dear Dad (from daughter xiao rui)
On February 19, 2021, at 8:18 am US Eastern time, mom’s 85th birthday, our dear father closed his eyes and left us. Clouds veil emerald sky, snowflakes began fluttering. Dad, do you know your little daughter, before she writes this, she feels so so cold, tears are flowing endlessly ...
Dad, since I can remember, you are the backbone of our family, you are always hardworking. Because I am the youngest and a girl, I have received the most love from you. Every one of our relatives know that I am the apple of parents’ eye …. When I was a child, you took me on a business trip to Shanghai, you took me to visit various places during leisure time. I remember I did not dare to take picture with elephant in the zoo, you say, come, dad will hold you, so you will not be scared, then we took photo together. In the morning you even clumsily helped tie my braids. At home, if I had a quarrel with two brothers, I would lie in bed pretending to cry before you came home, then once you saw your daughter was not happy and knew the reason, you would ask brothers to treat me more tenderly and I got enormous comfort from you. When I was young, I remember that we had to eat sorghum rice once a week, that kind of rice is hard to chew, I am the only one who got exempted because you ate my portion and gave me the good rice. Every time I had school outing in Spring or Autumn, dad, you always went to the best cake store in the city to buy my favorite cakes and snacks, and packed a large bag for me, I never be able to finish it, you just say why, little girl has such a small appetite! In the past few years, you and mom were in the United States, every time we visit you, you still bought me this and that like I was a small kid. Sometimes I just casually said that I miss your dish, right away you would be cooking that for me. When I came back to Canada, you filled our car with no place left, you would say, xiao rui, your car is too small, I still have a lot for you but there’s no place to fit them!
Dad, you are a serious and persistent person. Your happy childhood was short. Since teenager you helped grandparents to share the family burden. You achieved excellence in your study, no matter how hard your life was, it did not prevent you from got your master’s degree and becoming one of the first graduates of that era. You did not hesitate to send the meager salary to grandparents to subsidize your family. You are kind and not good at words, but you are good-minded, generous, filial to grandparents, respect and love your sister, and care about your younger siblings. In your recent years in the United States, you enthusiastically did some volunteer work for the county and community. Even last year you were still reviewing essays for your old colleagues in your original company in China.
You love life so much, especially would like to make dishes when our family is together. You always love the new machines that my bro has added to his kitchen and were eager to try. You like to play poker, each time we got together and play poker with you, you are so happy and satisfied. You say that playing cards is also training your brain, that is why you are so wise in your 80s. I know you also cared mom so much, for so many years, mom has never had to worry about shopping for groceries or cooking. You are mom's eyes, mom's hands, how would mom suffer if she knows you are leaving us! During the epidemic, sometimes you and mom would spend a whole day making dumplings, peeling ginkgo, and making wine-stuffed duck eggs, and then telling me, when Jing came you would give all these prepared food to him, your tone is full of joy and pride, but you also say that it is a pity you cannot give these to me since I am not by your side… What a love, of parents for their children!
After you and mom got sick, I WeChat you several times a day, I saw you while panting, you were still taking care of mom, cooking, and feeding her. Before going to hospital, I told you what you need to bring to hospital, you took care of everything laboriously since at the time you already lacked oxygen and your reaction became slow, now when I think of it, how excruciating the pain it is! When you were in hospital, you always told us on WeChat that mom was not eating well and worrying about her, but never once you worried about yourself! How tortured for you and for us during the past month! How many times the doctors and nurses have called without the good news that we were looking forward to, you had stood firm and kept fighting viciously, but it still took away our dear father! Dad, in your most difficult moment, we were unable to comfort you and by your side, this regret is heartbreaking! I really cannot bear the thought of you leaving! They say people come, people go, how come things move on and cars don’t slow? when it feels like the end of my world? Though you are gone, the world may not know, when I should, but I can’t, let you go? What I know, is now I’m goanna really really miss you… ….
But Dad, we promise you, we will take good care of mom, and you will certainly bless mom and all of us from heaven!
Thank you, Dad, for raise us up! Your broad kindness, strong and unyielding perseverance, let us see your true self, we are proud of having a father like you.
Tonight, a light is out on the ground, but a star, begin to shine in the sky.
Jing shared a lot of photos taken for you and mom in recent years. Dad, you always smile brightly and elegantly. What I want to say is, Dad, we always love you and miss you! You are always in the warmest and softest place in our hearts, and you always are our handsome father!

Your dear daughter xiao Rui
wrote while crying on February 19, 2021
Comment | Posted at 05:41pm via Condolence

rui chen

儿女敬爸爸 (From sons and daughter):
亲爱的爸爸 (Dear dad)
您优雅而快乐的形象 (Your elegant and happy image)
像这样冻结在我们心中 (It's frozen in our hearts)
离开也是一种永恒 (Leaving is also a kind of eternity)
留在我的心中,再也不会离开(Stay in heart and never leave again)
Comment | Posted at 05:26pm via Condolence

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You will remain in our hearts forever.
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