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Former President Wee Kim Wee dies

Source:  Obituary, The Straits Times (H15)

President, Republic of Singapore

1985 - 1993

Former President Wee Kim Wee died from complications arising from prostate cancer at 5.10am today. He was 89.
Mr Wee served as the 4th President of Singapore from 1985 to 1993.
As a mark of respect, state flags at all government buildings will be flown at half-mast from Tuesday 3 May 2005 to Friday 6 May 2005.
Mr Wee's body will lie in state at the Istana from Tuesday 3 May 2005 at 12pm to Thursday 5 May 2005 at 4pm. Cremation is on Friday 6 May 2005.
Here are the milestones of his life:
1915  Born on 4th November.
1923  Began education at Pearl's Hill School, also went to Outram School and Raffles Institution
1930  Joined The Straits Times as a clerk
1936  Married Koh Siok Hiong
1941  Left The Straits Times to join United Press International
1959  Became Deputy Editor, The Straits Times
1970  Became Editorial Manager, The Straits Times
1973 - 1980  Was Singapore's High Commissioner to Malaysia
1985 - 1993  Served as President of Singapore
2005  Died at home at the age of 89 from complications due to prostate cancer

Source: The Straits Times 3 May 2005

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The Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues are sad to learn of the passing away of former President Dr Wee Kim Wee and would like to convey their condolences to his family. The late Dr Wee passed away peacefully at his home at 5.10 am this morning.
As a mark of respect to Dr Wee Kim Wee, the State flag on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast from Tuesday 3 May to Friday 6 May 2005.
The Government has accepted the wishes of the late Dr Wee Kim Wee and his family in making the following funeral arrangements. The Government will provide all the necessary assistance.
The body of the late Dr Wee Kim Wee will lie in state at the Istana from 12:00 pm on Tuesday 3 May 05 till 4:00 pm on Thursday 5 May 05. The public may pay their last respects at the Istana from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday 3 May 05, and from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm on Wednesday 4 May. On Thursday 5 May members of the diplomatic corps and other officials may pay their last respects.
The body of the late Dr Wee Kim Wee will be transported back to the family residence at Siglap in the evening of Thursday 5 May 05 to enable the family to hold a private wake.
On Friday 6 May 05, the cortege will leave from the family residence at 4:30 pm, for cremation at Mandai Crematorium.
A Funeral Service for the family and invited guests will be held at the Mandai Crematorium just before the cremation. In accordance with the wishes of the family, this will be a simple and non-religious service. The Last Post will be played.
 2 MAY 2005

Source: Singapore Government Media Release 2 May 2005

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