e-mail from Lena, received 8.5.2007 :
I'm Lim Yoke Kim's daughter.
My dad passed away on 8/5/2007 at 4:15pm. Service
will be held soon. His brother is returning from
For details, please call any of the following:
017-3851720 (Lim Yoke Kim)-
e-mail from Kee Lee Chang, received 10.5.2007 :
Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end.
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race.
And now we are busy, tired men,
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow" I say "I will call on Kim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner - yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram, sir"
"Kim passed away...."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
Adapted from Anonymous
Extracted from e-mail from Maria & Joseph, received 10.5.2007:
Chang, Yes,your beautiful
sentiments are a tribute to YK. We were very stunned to receive the email from his
Maria & Joseph
e-mail from Rama, received 10.5.2007
RIP Ė LIM YOKE KIM (Kirkby 1960-61)
My Dear Kirkbyites,
This letter should have been written yesterday but the sad news regarding the demise of Lim Yoke Kim was circulated by his daughter to all his Kirkby colleagues. This was the reason why I did not respond immediately. I apologise for this.
Yesterday Teresa Voon called me at† 8.12 in the morning to inform me that† Maria had called† from New Zealand to state that Yoke Kim† had passed away suddenly on Tuesday, 8 May at 4.15 p.m. Maria had received a email from Yoke Kimís daughter, Lena, conveying this sad news† to his colleagues.
Soon after Fook Wah
called Yoke Kimís daughter to convey our condolences.†
I called again last night and learned that the funeral would take place today as the brother was expected to be back that night around 9.30 p.m. Iím told that the funeral procession is scheduled to leave Yoke Kimís residence at 1.00 p.m. today.
Kim was from Block 11 Ė I think Ė or could even be from Block 9. It was only
recently that I got to meet him after all these years. He was in Penang for the
we met again two years later at the Ipoh Reunion in 2006. He was his usual
cheerful self. When we debated where the next
As Treasurer, he was very meticulous in keeping the accounts and kept us informed how he was managing the funds and how much money stood in the accounts.
all accounts, Yoke Kim was fit as a fiddle. He was in excellent health, playing
squash daily. Iím told he also jogs. He had climbed
But health has nothing to do with death, as I reckon. People die when they die. When it is time to go, you go. Healthy people die and sometimes sick people donít die immediately. It all depends how much time we are are allotted during our sojourn in this world.†
Yoke Kim was very excited about the arrival of his second grand daughter soon. It is a pity that he did not live long enough to see this child.
Kim travelled quite a bit, visiting nearby countries
How prophetic those words turned out to be! Yes, there will be no more travelling for Yoke Kim.
May his soul rest in peace.
For those who may want to write to the family or get in touch with them over the phone, Iím appending the necessary information below:
7 Jalan PUJ 7/3, Taman Puncak Jalil, Bandar
e-mail from Cynthia
You have lost your beloved father/brother and we Kirkbyites have lost a very dear and special friend. We grieve with you and our prayers go with you and Lily.
The devastating news of his demise that came pouring in in the early morning of 8 May stunned us all. Goh Moi, Mary and I had met up with him only a few days earlier and had found him as jovial, positive and healthy as ever. We'll treasure fond memories of our last meal and afternoon together.
We also have a wealth of delightful memories of all our Kirbyites' gatherings & reunions. YK's laughter and chatter AND singing were familiar and most welcomed. Invariably, YK would have big smiles and warm greetings for everyone.
All the messages you have received from his Kirkby friends bear testimony to what a wonderful guy Yoke Kim was: ever so obliging, dependable and cheerful.
His sense of †humour was incredible. To be sure, he was an inspiration to us.
I could go on and on, but in short, Lim Yoke Kim was an epitome of a true friend and Kirkbyite. I would also like to explain to you that our Kirkby experience has fostered a highly special bond among us. We are 'adik-beradik' for life.
Take care and God bless,
Cynthia MK Lim