We have not been seeing each other for years since National Service. But still, I didn’t expect receiving the news on Facebook last Sunday afternoon (30 June 2019) when I was having my late lunch after a volunteer activity.
Your young sister had tagged you to her funeral notice FB post.
To me, it was a big shock.
I was under you during my NS days at Sembawang Airbase (SBAB). You often teased/bullied me but I knew you meant no ill intention. Although our Admin Registry In-Charge Mdm Owyeong often said, “Hey you ah, can you don’t always bully Alan, can or not?! Can you be nice to him, OK?!”.
On that very night, I decided to come visit you with another SBAB NS mate, Paul.
I spoke to a few of your family members. They shared with me that you could have suffered a heart attack. They felt it was so sudden that you left no words behind. Yet the most comforting thing is, as I told them, you were at home with your family last night when it happened.
The funeral send-off was Wednesday 3 July.
I hope you had entered your parents’ dreams to say something to them before you leave this world.
Rest in peace. I will remember you, Tom Lim.
Note: It has been ages since I last met my NS mates. Almost 10+ years!
It’s high time now to round up a few of them for a good catch-up over a casual meal one of these days.