Eulogies

Minister Chan Chun Sing's Eulogy

MINISTER CHAN CHUN SING'S EULOGY
FOR MR S. R. NATHAN
FRIDAY, 26 AUGUST 2016

Today, I stand before you,
not to mourn the passing of Mr Nathan,
but to celebrate his life,
to honour his contributions to Singapore.
And most importantly,
to give  thanks, to give thanks to Mr Nathan for planting the seeds in our hearts,
to be better Singaporeans for a stronger Singapore.

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Mr Gopinath Pillai's Eulogy

MR GOPINATH PILLAI'S EULOGY
FOR MR S. R. NATHAN
FRIDAY, 26 AUGUST 2016

While I am honoured to be speaking today about Mr Nathan, I am also somewhat troubled. What can I say that would do justice to a friend and mentor of almost four decades? How can I adequately put into words the loss I feel without my emotions getting the better of me?

I first heard of Mr Nathan in the late 1950s when I was an under-graduate. But I  got to know him well only in the 1980s when he was appointed Chairman of the Hindu Endowment Board. The first thing I noticed about him was that like Winston Churchill, he did not think doing your best was good enough; doing what was required was more important.  

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Ms Jennie Chua's Eulogy

MS JENNIE CHUA'S EULOGY
FOR MR S. R. NATHAN
FRIDAY, 26 AUGUST 2016

Mr Nathan loved to write letters – handwritten ones, not emails.  Many of his friends would have received these personalised notes from him; written with a instrument of his choice, a S$2.20 uniball signo black broad-tipped pen, in his characteristic cursive handwriting, always dated and signed.  Like the man himself, his words were warm, encouraging, heartfelt and inspiring.

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