In Appreciation: (from Michelle and Martin, transmitted through Rama 26 December 2010)
prayers, it needs to be said, have not only strengthened but also nourished our
spirit at a time when we have had the props knocked from beneath
our feet. We are moved to tears as we read and re-read the many e-mails, SMS’s, cards and letters upholding us in our time of sadness. We recall, too, the
telephone conversations commiserating with us and are deeply touched that TERESA’s deeds have elicited such a treasury of happy memories and pleasant
recollections of her. Even as we grapple with our grief, we are gladdened beyond description in the knowledge that you hold TERESA in such high regard – a fine
and lovely person to know, a joy to be with and a source of good and goodwill to everyone who was in contact with her.
It is both sobering
and humbling to be told time and time again that we can call and rest our
weight on you, should the need arise. Thank you for remembering
TERESA with fondness, gentleness and loving kindness.
We take this opportunity to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Blessed 2011.
God bless you one
Michelle & Martin
R.I.P. TERESA VOON: KIRKBY 1960-1961: 13-12-10
My dear Kirkbyites,
It saddens me to have to inform you all that our dear Teresa Voon from the 1960-1961 batch of Kirkbyites passed away this afternoon at 3.10 pm. This sad news was conveyed to me by her husband Martin Voon at 4.40 pm.
When my mobile phone rang, Teresa Voon’s name appeared and I was so happy that she called me. I said, “Hi, Teresa!” But it was Martin who called to convey this terrible news. I was stunned.
Teresa has not been well for some time now. This was the reason that she did not attend the Penang Kirkby Reunion in July. She has not been in touch with many Kirkbyites for the same reason these many months. She was in and out of hospital for a long time.
Martin, her daughter and the maid were with her when she breathed her last. She passed away hearing both Martin and her daughter repeatedly telling her how much they loved her.
Those of you who knew Teresa would recall what a lovely, lively and bubbly person she was. She used to be the centre of activity whenever a Kirkby function came by. Tirelessly she used to call up Kirkbyites to inform them of the occasion and encourage them to attend. She used to make collections for the get together and settle the bill. All this took time, patience, perseverance and a lot of care. Dear Teresa had all these qualities. She was a passionate Kirkbyite and she would go the extra mile for Kirkby.
Now, she is no more.
Two weeks ago she called me and thanked me for the friendship and all the encouragement that Poh Yuk and I had given her. She sounded weak and her voice was faint. But we could understand her. She had a long conversation with Poh Yuk. It struck me as if it was a farewell call to me. And it turned out to be so.
Martin had been an exemplary husband all this while. He was shuttling between hospital and home and making sure that Teresa was comfortable and received the care that she deserved. He must have been under tremendous stress during this period but like a good husband that he was, he never for a moment shirked his duty and he was there always for Teresa as a loving husband.
Our sympathies go out to Martin and his daughter during this difficult time. We share their sorrow and sadly note that yet another Kirkbyite had passed on.
May Teresa soul rest in peace.
There will be a wake at their residence at 8.30 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, 14 December 2010.
The cortege will leave their residence at 10.00 am on Wednesday for the MBPJ Crematorium at Kampung Tunku.
Martin’s residence: 2 Jalan 6/2, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: 03-7781 8917; 016-312 9164; 014-328 1738
Take care and God bless.
From: Tah Wen Chiam
To: Lee Sing
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:26 PM
Subject: One more Kirkbyite gone