Wen-Hsiang Chia, 72, of Ambler, PA passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Abington Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.
Wen was born in Xian, China on June 17, 1940 and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. He emigrated to the United States to continue his education, obtaining a master's degree in chemical engineering from Tennessee Technological University.
Wen worked for the majority of his career with Rohm and Haas Co., retiring in 2001. He had a distinguished career, establishing multiple patents for new pesticide formulations, and ultimately earned one of the company's highest recognitions for his contributions.
Following retirement, Wen made the most of his newfound free time. He traveled the world, covering a stunning number of countries in a short period of time. He truly circled the globe, visiting all seven continents, including Antarctica. For long stretches, he was away in exotic locales more than he was home.
He also learned woodturning and became an accomplished woodworker, creating beautiful detailed bowls, boxes, and goblets. Wen loved fishing, photography, and gardening.
But what truly made Wen happiest was spending time with his grandchildren. All the years melted away when he was with them, and he became a big kid himself. Wen was sometimes perceived as a serious man, but none of that was evident when he was on the floor laughing, with his grandchildren crawling all over him.
He is the beloved husband of Li-Liang, of Ambler, PA, and devoted father of Stanley (Fan-Li Chou) Bethesda, MD, and Yvonne (Scott Story), of Pittsburgh, PA. He is the loving grandfather of Melinda, Glenn, and Sylvia, and brother of Luke and Lily.
Funeral services were held privately. Please visit the tribute section of this website and feel free to leave a message expressing your thoughts and feelings.
His family requests that friends and family please refrain from sending gifts or flowers to his home. Instead, they would prefer a donation in his name to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Lockbox #1352 P.O. Box 8500 Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352 www.chop.edu
Tributes may be made at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com
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