'We have only each other': 83-year-old man cared for elderly housemates, oversaw their funeral rites

Over the past decade, Mr Lee Cho Poon has opened his home to three men. He is not related to any of them, but each time he took in a person, he would feed and care for him voluntarily.
Mr Lee Cho Poon (left) and his housemate, 86-year-old Neo Cheng Liang. Mr Lee received the Singapore Patient Caregiver Award on Oct 25, 2019.
Mr Lee Cho Poon (left) and his housemate, 86-year-old Neo Cheng Liang. Mr Lee received the Singapore Patient Caregiver Award on Oct 25, 2019.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - When 80-year-old Liu Xiao Zhong died in his sleep on a cheap mattress on the floor of Mr Lee Cho Poon's one-room rental flat in Ang Mo Kio in 2011, Mr Lee arranged his funeral, mourned and paid his respects to him.

Four years later, in 2015, another elderly man, Mr Lee Wen Qiang, who was in his 70s, died in the same flat. Once again, Mr Lee Cho Poon helped arrange the funeral, mourned for the dead man and ensured his ashes were placed in a temple.

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