Jun 25, 2007

Mr Yeo Keng Loo, RIP

Today, we are deeply saddened to hear of the sudden loss of a gentle soul.

We learnt from Siva that Mr Yeo Keng Loo, curator at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research had passed away on Saturday.

I first met Mr Yeo when I spent hours photographing the specimens from the first Chek Jawa transect at the museum. It was my first time doing anything like this and he was patient in showing me how to do it right (and to survive the formaldehyde).

I met him many times later again, at field trips, during visits to the museum.

In fact, now that I think back, he was among the team for our first major boat 'expedition' to the Southern Islands which we undertook on the same day of the Chek Jawa guidebook launch!

The wildfilms crew will always remember the special trips he made possible for us last year. Then, as always, he quietly offered sound field advice, and patiently looked after everything.

This is the only photograph I have of him with the film crew. Alas, we didn't know it would be the last time in the field with him.

Mr Yeo's kind and gentle friendship will be sorely missed.

More about how he touched so many lives on the rmbr news blog

It is times like this that remind me to appreciate the many dedicated people who are involved in what we do. Always there to quietly provide constant support, guidance and a friendly smile when thing get tough.

We cannot do any of what we do alone. Thank you.

1 comment:

Sivasothi said...

Thanks Ria, for everything. His family really enjoyed the stories you told them about Mr Yeo and nature in Singapore.