My dear Kirkbyites,

It is with sadness that I am conveying the demise of our fellow Kirkbyite,Khoo Lan Eng., at the age of 76. She was from the 1955-1957 Kirkby batch. I was informed of this last night by Khong Kah Yeong who was from the same batch.

I donít have much information about Lan Eng. I have never met but had spoken to her a couple of times just before the Penang Kirkby Reunion in 2010. One of the occasions when I spoke to her was on 28 February 2010 when I tried to persuade her to attend the Penang gathering.

She cited health problems and regretted that she was unable to come to Penang.

Unfortunately, she couldnít attend the PD Kirkby Reunion as well in June this year.

But she attended the Golden Jubilee of the Founding of The Malayan Teachersí Training College Kirkby, 1951-2001 on 15 September 2001 at the Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

She lived some 7 doors away on the same road as Goh Lay Poh (Kirkby 1954-1956). Sometime after the Penang Reunion I visited Lay Poh but was unaware that Lan Ean was so near Ė otherwise I would have visited her. That lost opportunity is something that I will regret forever.

This afternoon, I spoke to her daughter, Ong Lee Lian, around 4.00 pm. According to her, Lan Eanís last school was La Salle in Petaling Jaya. She retired in 2001.

There is an obituary in todayís Star (August 15) on page 53:

She passed away on 13 August 2012.

She is a widow at the time of her demise. She leaves behind two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren to mourn her death.

Wake service will be held tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) at 8.00 pm at Gui Yuan Funeral Parlour (Room 5), Kampung Tunku, Jalan 229, Section 51A, Petaling Jaya.

Funeral service at the same venue o Friday, 17 August 2012 at 10.00 am and thereafter cortege will leave for cremation at Gui Yuan Crematorium.

Those wishing to contact the family can do so at 012 206 7131 or write to: 9 Jalan Belimbing, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

In sorrow,


Kirkby 1959-1960