Robert Lim, 86, of Towaco, NJ, and recently of Hopkinton, MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, January 27, 2023. Born in Fujian, China, he was the son of the late Kiok Siang Ko and Ah Hok Lim. He was married to the love of his life for 52 years, Jane (Lee) Lim.
Robert was raised in Bali, Indonesia. He moved to the United States to attend college. He attended Barrington College, then Gordon Divinity School to earn a Master of Divinity, and later Salem State, where he received a master’s degree in mathematics. He taught math at St. John’s Preparatory School in MA and at Westwood High School in NJ. He was a Boy Scout chaplain for two summers in Alfred, Maine, and was the director of Chinatown Community Health Center in New York City. He was also a Bible study leader for many years and served as a lay minister for more than 16 years at the Chinese First United Methodist Church in NJ.
Robert was known for his kind, compassionate heart, and warm smile. He was a humble man who took pride in being well-dressed, often in a blue pinstripe collared shirt, navy blazer, and khaki pants. Besides helping people, he enjoyed many afternoons watching boxing and soccer matches on TV.
Besides his wife, Robert is survived by two sons, Christopher R. Lim and his wife, Ophelia Chiu of New York City, and Clifford N. Lim and his wife, Jessica of Hopkinton. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Carter, Ellis, Olivia, and Alexa; his siblings, Joseph Juwono and his wife, Ivoni of Cerritos, CA, and Grace Jethrokusumo of Singapore. He is predeceased by one brother and two sisters. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
A private funeral service and interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton