Longburn Adventist College staff member dies unexpectedly

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Andrew Chen.

Longburn Adventist College’s (LAC) business manager of more than 17 years, Andrew Chen, passed away suddenly on January 31.

The news was deeply upsetting for many of the college’s staff and students whose relationship with Mr Chen extended many years. 

“He will be greatly missed by his wife Erni, his daughters Grace and Jacinda, son-in-law Campbell and extended family,” read a statement by former LAC principal Bruce Sharp.

Mr Chen’s wife recently retired from the chef’s position at the college’s cafeteria, and the couple’s daughters are LAC alumni. 

“Always friendly and smiling, he was generous with his time and assets towards anyone needing help. He will be sadly missed by the Palmerston North Central Adventist Church community, the LAC community and the local Indonesian community,” said Mr Bruce.

Mr Chen’s death has been attributed to an undiagnosed medical condition.

His funeral took place on February 3 at Palmerston Church.