President attends Lee Seng Gee's funeral

Mr Lee, the son of pioneer business tycoon Lee Kong Chian and chairman of the Lee Foundation, was cremated at Bright Hill Crematorium yesterday. PM Lee, in a condolence letter to his wife, wrote: "He was a rare, selfless and humble individual who con
Mr Lee, the son of pioneer business tycoon Lee Kong Chian and chairman of the Lee Foundation, was cremated at Bright Hill Crematorium yesterday. PM Lee, in a condolence letter to his wife, wrote: "He was a rare, selfless and humble individual who contributed to Singapore throughout his life."PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Singapore philanthropist Lee Seng Gee, who died at 95 on Tuesday, was cremated yesterday at Bright Hill Crematorium. His ashes were scattered in the sea afterwards by family and close friends.

Mr Lee is survived by his wife Della Susianto Lee, who is in her 60s; two sons, a daughter and their spouses; and six grandchildren.

Mr Lee was the eldest son of the pioneer business tycoon and philanthropist Lee Kong Chian, one of the founders of OCBC Bank. He was also chairman of the Lee Foundation, which supports many charities, schools, and medical and cultural activities.

The funeral service was held at the Lees' family home in Meyer Road yesterday morning, with eulogies delivered by prominent figures such as President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Ambassador-At-Large Tommy Koh and Jamiyah Singapore president Hasbi Abu Bakar.

Mr Lee's cortege left Meyer Road at 1pm, stopping for a minute at OCBC Building in Chulia Street and driving by the late Mr Lee's home in Sentosa Cove before heading to the crematorium.

The late Mr Lee was remembered by many as kind, modest and generous, a man who changed the lives of many with his donations.

"He was a rare, selfless and humble individual who contributed to Singapore throughout his life," wrote Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a condolence letter to Mr Lee's widow.

Kok Xing Hui

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2016, with the headline 'President attends Lee Seng Gee's funeral'. Print Edition | Subscribe