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Tuesday, April 01, 2008
goodbye, Eddie 10:47 pm

I don't know how many of you have seen the article in the Straits Times yesterday - but Eddie Toh, former deputy news editor of The Business Times, passed away on Sunday following a massive heart attack. He was only 41.

I found out about his death only last night through Joyce, and was shocked speechless for quite awhile before the news finally sank in properly. It was so sad and so unexpected because he was so young, and......it is much worse for his wife, Linda. He passed away one day before her birthday; in fact, it was supposed to be his birthday today as their birthdays were only one day apart from each other.

Eddie was an excellent mentor to me during my stint at BT - he was my direct boss, the one who guided me through everything in the newsroom. I'd learnt a lot from him - his inquisitive nature, his methodical and organized way of approaching journalism, his patience with us silly interns and his crazy sense of humor. I attended his wake today with Jo and Joyce today, and well...it's not quite an experience I would like to relive.

But I'll leave you with this: Eddie was a hell of a journalist, friend and mentor all wrapped into one.

How strange it is that just less than three years ago in May 2005, both Jo and I were making our ways to Kuala Lumpur to attend Eddie and Linda's wedding, and today...we're attending his wake.

The world just seems like one huge irony sometimes, doesn't it?



You'll be dearly missed by us all, Eddie.

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