It is my habit to scan the Obituary section of the papers every morning. So far, I've discovered that two of my school mates had died. Both were very outstanding individuals. One was a doctor who died of cancer while the other was a CEO who died while undergoing liposuction.
Today, I was shocked to see Mr Tng's face in the Obituary. He was one of the nicest men I've ever known. He was the form teacher of both my kids in primary school.
During the parent-teacher meetings, he had only good words to say about my kids. He was always so encouraging and understanding, all the kids in school liked him. He was my children's favourite teacher.
During the last 2 years, I bumped into him several times in our neighbouring food centre. He appeared to have lost quite a lot of weight but was still jolly as usual. I remember vividly how he was beaming with pride when he introduced his little baby son to me.
When I told my kids about his passing, they were both very shocked and sad. I feel especially sorry for his little son who has lost his father at such a tender age.
At 39, Mr Tng left the world too early but he had touched the lives of many young boys. Rest in peace.