Florence Hsiao-Lan Chin


Florence Chin

May 8,1933 ~ August 20,2023


Florence Hsiao-Lan Chin, a woman of boundless dedication, love, and unwavering strength, entered this world on May 8, 1933, in China. She peacefully left us on August 20, 2023 at Dorothy Ley Hospice in Etobicoke, Ontario, surrounded by the love of her family. Her life was a testament to resilience, sacrifice, and the power of a mother’s love.

Born in a world undergoing tremendous upheaval, Florence’s early years were marked by the challenges of the Japanese occupation and her family’s journey from China to Taiwan. She embraced education as a means to rise above adversity, pursuing a career in teaching that would become a lifelong passion.

In 1959, she married Joseph Ping-Chun Chin, an Air Force pilot in Taipei, Taiwan, and together, they built a life at Taoyuan Air Force Base. Florence’s teaching career flourished at Taipei First Girls High School, where she inspired generations of students with her wisdom and compassion.

The year 1972 marked a turning point for Florence and her family, as they embarked on a new chapter in Canada, seeking opportunities and the promise of a brighter future. Settling in Bramalea, Ontario, Florence’s determined spirit led her to take on various jobs, all with the goal of providing her family with the chance to achieve a better life.

A pivotal moment came in 1984, when the family moved to Mississauga to be closer to Florence’s employment at Canada Post. For 17 years, she dedicated herself to her work and caring for her aging parents.

In 1996, Florence embraced a new role that would become a cherished chapter in her life – that of PoPo, an unpaid and selfless grandmother, committed to guiding her three rambunctious grandsons with love and wisdom. This second career allowed her to share her values, stories, and the joy of her culinary talents.

After a life spent serving others, Florence officially retired in 2001, allowing her golden years to shine brightly. She pursued her passions with vigor, dancing, hiking, and immersing herself in senior clubs and travel adventures. Her lifelong passion for caring for others remained a guiding force, reminding all who knew her of the importance of family.

Florence Hsiao-Lan Chin’s legacy is one of resilience, sacrifice, love, and boundless dedication. She will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends, a beacon of strength and a testament to the impact a single person can have on the lives they touch.

Florence is survived and fondly remembered by her adoring husband Joseph, her eldest son Tony (Lily), daughter Marilyn (Mike), and last but best offspring David (Jacquelyn). She will be always remain beloved PoPo to Sean (Heather), Justin and Daniel, and NaiNai to Audrey and Alexandria, and TaiPoPo to Baby Ruby. She is fondly remembered as a dear Sister, Aunt and second Mother to her extended family and friends.


Service details

August 26, 2023 at 1:30pm at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium in the Magnolia Chapel.

Burial and Reception to follow the service.

The main intersection is Dundas and Cawthra: 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2B5.


Live Stream Service

via clicking this link.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests for those who feel inclined,

to consider making a donation in Florence’s name to

The Dorothy Ley Hospice by clicking this link.


3 replies
  1. Wu
    Wu says:

    Chin Bobo, Tony, Marilyn, David and family:
    I heard the news about 24 hours ago. All the best to you all in challenging times.
    I remember Chin Ayi calling us younger ones as Didi (and Meimei for the girls presumably).
    We will not forget her.

  2. Miss Lyn & the Lindsay and Menns Family
    Miss Lyn & the Lindsay and Menns Family says:

    To Marilyn and Family, we send our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved mother. We are so sorry that we are not physically at your side at this very difficult time but we are in spirit and prayers. Much Love.

  3. Charlene Graham
    Charlene Graham says:

    Dear Marilyn and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. Losing a Mother is never easy. Gone from our sight but forever in our hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending all our Love.

    Charlene , Dimitri & Victoria


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