"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" (Robert Browning)
In the case of my father, the late Dr Chan Onn Leng, much of what he reached for he successfully grasped whole-heartedly with a passion for life that has deeply affected those with whom he had come into contact.
Even the many who did not know him personally: athletes in the 50s, 60s and 70s, rugby players the world over, medical professionals, and friends of friends, have been touched in some way or other by the work he did and his accomplishments in the span of his all-too-brief life.
I have put together this website as a tribute to my father's life. The 14th of July 2009 is the 25th anniversary of his death in a car accident. He was 49. I was barely 14. But since then, I have come to learn so much about my father's life and his youth, more so than I thought possible. As a father, he never talked much about his own past, and I owe much to the many people who have helped me rediscover my father.
Many thanks to those who have shared information and photos - there are too many to list here - and for their permission to use the information and pictures in this website. Above all, a big thank you to my mother, Suan See, who looked after me and saw me through those difficult times since my father's death. And of course my sister, Su Mei, and relatives in Singapore and Malaysia for their love and support all these years.
I will continue to update this website and would be more than happy to include oral histories, anecdotes and other information that anyone may have related to my father. Just email me at email@example.com
Chan Chih Min