Chow, Robert Gim You

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Robert Gim You Chow
22 October 1918 – 6 November 2009
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Nickname Bob
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1946 - 1954

Robert (Bob) Gim You Chow (22 October 1918 - 6 November 2009) was a Canadian soldier and a member of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals who served in the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System.


After attending a technical school in Calgary, Bob earned a Radio Operator Certificate. He joined the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1946 as a Radio Operator and he was known to have served in Whitehorse, Fort Norman, Edmonton and Barrie Ontario. He retired in 1954


After retiring from the Army, Bob joined the Department of Transport and served as the Station Manager in Hay River, NWT and then Vermilion Alberta before finally retiring in 1977.


CHOW, Bob G.Y. On November 6, 2009, Mr. Bob G.Y. Chow of Edmonton, formerly of Nelson, B.C., Hay River, N.W.T. and Vermilion, AB, passed away at the age of 91 years. Bob was born in Nelson, B.C. in 1918. He served with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and the N.W.T. and Y. Radio System before joining Transport Canada from which he retired in 1977. Bob is survived by his wife Flora, sisters-in-law Jean and Edna Quan of Toronto; nephews Kenneth (Diane) Leung of Victoria, B.C. Terrence (Virginia) Leung of Ottawa, ON, Ron (Myrna) Quan and Guy (Carol) Quan of Toronto, ON; nieces Gaye (Joe) Wong and Sharon (Brian) McGimpsey all of Toronto and Elena (George) Musto of London, ON. Bob was predeceased by his mother who passed away in 1918 shortly after his birth and his father who passed away in Vancouver in 1974.


When I first arrived in Whitehorse as a fixed-wireless operator I was told to get my self a room to stay and Bobby Chow offered me a bedroom at his cabin near the Radio station and I stayed with him for a couple months till he left to get married. He did all the cooking although he had a part time job in Hougans Department store developing and printing photographs. He was a fast accurate operator, took the weights off his bug so his dits were a blur but remained well read by our outstations: Dawson City and Mayo. He was well liked by all and will be missed and remembered. -- Al Pajak (Nov. 2009).

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