Family and friends bid farewell to entertainment veteran Victor Khoo

 Victor Khoo talks to his puppets (from left) Char Cole, Cha Cha and Charlee before every big show. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
 Victor Khoo talks to his puppets (from left) Char Cole, Cha Cha and Charlee before every big show. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Over 100 family, friends and former colleagues of late entertainment icon Victor Khoo attended his funeral mass at Church of St. Bernadette on Monday afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Over 100 family, friends and former colleagues of late entertainment icon Victor Khoo attended his funeral mass at Church of St. Bernadette on Monday afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Over 100 family, friends and former colleagues of late entertainment icon Victor Khoo attended his funeral mass at Church of St. Bernadette on Monday afternoon.

A multi-talented entertainer who made his name as a ventriloquist, emcee, radio presenter and magician, he died of cancer at the age of 63 on June 6.

His son, Brandon, gave a eulogy. The 35-year-old and his twin, Barry, were his sons from his first marriage to late Hong Kong singer Lam May Yee, who also died of cancer in 1995.

While he did not specify what type of cancer ailed his late father, Brandon spoke about how his father fought the disease valiantly till his last breath. "Some say he fought cancer for his six years. No, he fought cancer for 34 years... He did not lose to cancer, cancer lost to him," Brandon said, referring to how Khoo fought cancer from the time Lam contracted it.

Khoo, best remembered for voicing and animating the much-loved wooden puppet Charlee and hosting children's radio show Happy Talk in the 1970s and 1980s, also left behind his wife, Shellen, and daughters, Victoria, 18 and Vanessa, 17.

His body was cremated at the Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium Complex on Monday.