A kind man with a big heart: Ex-auditor who died lived simply but gave generously to needy

Mrs Carol Lye holding a photograph of herself and her late husband Caesar Lye, who helped dozens of people in need over many years. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Mrs Carol Lye holding a photograph of herself and her late husband Caesar Lye, who helped dozens of people in need over many years. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Single mother Tan Lye Han and her son Kevin Ong are among those helped by Mr Lye, who read about their plight in The Straits Times.
Single mother Tan Lye Han and her son Kevin Ong are among those helped by Mr Lye, who read about their plight in The Straits Times.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Ex-auditor, who died recently, lived simply but gave generously to many in need

Mr Caesar Lye lived a frugal life and preferred his wife's simple homecooked dishes over fine dining. The former auditor also hardly went on vacation, unlike many of his friends.

Despite the simple lifestyle, his wife Carol sometimes worried that they would not have enough to live on.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Remembering a kind man with a big heart'. Print Edition | Subscribe