Thank you and Goodbye, Robert Tan

Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2009 by Shaun in Labels:

Robert Tan was born in 1926. Of Straits Chinese heritage, he preserved his lineage by escaping the Sook Ching Massacre during World War 2, by fleeing and hiding under a bridge. His children always found his escape quite amusing, as he was a rather short man, and didn't have gazelle-like legs to carry him far.

After the war, he was employed by the then British government in various areas of administration. One of his roles even saw his as a cook on a naval ship. In his role as a telephone switchboard operator, he met, and later married Theresa Thomas. They were blessed by two sons and four daughters, and subsequently, 16 grand children, and 5 great grand children.

He used to bring me around Queenstown when I was under his care when I was a kid.

He used to buy toys from Emporium for me secretly, sometimes incurring Dad's anger.

He won't be celebrating Christmas with his family this year, as he was called home to the Lord on this day.

Robert Tan & Theresa Thomas, Circa 1980s
Robert Tan & Theresa Thomas, Christmas, circa 1980s

He was not able to meet his sixth grand child, who would be born in January 2010.

He was my grandfather.

Thank you for your love, Ah Kong, and may God watch over you, as He has in this world, in the next.


  1. My deepest condolences Shaun.

  1. deSMOnd says:

    Sorry to hear that and take good care of yourself..

  1. Anonymous says:

    A toast to Robert for a life well lived. May u have the adventures ur grandpa had.


  1. Armand says:

    My condolences to you and your family my friend.

  1. Kenny says:

    Deepest condolences, my friend.

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  1. Shaun says:

    Thanks everyone for your concern and well wishes. Our family said our fond goodbyes to him today, before he was cremated. May God let his soul rest in peace.