Richmond’s Chinese-speaking community is mourning the loss of a well-known current events radio host and community leader.
Dr. Kin Kong Wan, a dentist and commentator for Fairchild Radio - one of the most-listened to radio stations in Richmond - passed away on Sept. 5 at age 70 after a battle with cancer.
Many radio listeners and politicians took to their social media platforms to express their sorrow, including Premier John Horgan and Steveston-Richmond East MP Kenny Chiu.
“On behalf of Canada’s Conservatives, I would like to express our condolences to the family of my friend, colleague and advisor Dr. K. K. Wan. He was a pathfinder and an opinion leader in B.C.’s Chinese community for decades, I and many will miss his presence and voice,” Chiu wrote on Twitter.
Wan’s family also issued a statement to the public.
“To the public, he was a caring dentist, an insightful commentator, and a community leader. To his family, he will be remembered for his strong principles, generosity, and his heart of gold. His fierce drive for success lifted him out of poverty, leading him to become the accomplished man that he was. His positive outlook never allowed him to complain; as far as he was concerned, life was beautiful and he was blessed. He has a profound impact on our community and will be sorely missed.”
Susan Kwan, a long-time family friend, told the Richmond News that Wan’s spirits have already been passed onto his six children, who all have successful careers and are dedicated to helping others - just like their father.
Besides caring for patients, Wan was also involved as a board member of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of Canada's largest social service agencies. His contributions to the public were also recognized with the 125th Anniversary Confederation of Canada Medal.
Wan’s funeral was held online last Tuesday and live-streamed in Hong Kong and Canada, inviting friends to remember his accomplishments and say a final goodbye to him.