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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Rest In Peace Terence

I'm shocked and sad to the point that I didn't know how to begin this. I received the news in the middle of a meeting on my cellphone and my eyes welled up. I was seated in front and my laptop screen partially covered my look of grief. As if the heavens also felt the loss, the heavy skies opened up. I immediately thought back on the way too funny conversations we had when he was healthy, his postings on his website and when he was diagnosed with brain tumor, his fears. All the while he faced the affliction with dignity and bravery. The few of us put up a run for his benefit (read the posting here) and managed to raise some money towards sustaining his health. And all of us thought he was already on the comeback trail. I even met up with him for lunch where we traded some DVDs. But who would've thought that the runner/triathlete who pioneered "Commando Racing" would leave us so suddenly.

If there are words to describe Terence - jovial, strong, fearless, inspiration to others, all in the same sentence. All of his photos would see him flashing his trademark broad grin. Terence would not have us grieving and moping for him. I pray that his wife and daughter will be well. As I drove home from work yesterday, I found my motivation for the Penang Marathon. I will run the race for Terence. During the difficult miles, I will draw upon his strength to carry me through and I will finish strong.



As a testament to the joy he brought to fellow runners and athletes, tributes are all-round. Read them at the blogs of Azwar, Justin, Mei Jyn, Wendy, Ronnie, Tey. Rest in peace, my friend. You've run a good race and will be dearly missed.


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8 Comments:

  • I'm so sorry to hear this. Terence had such a cheery attitude and a great sense of humour. Thank you for your tribute and the links to his other friends' posts too.

    By Blogger Downhillnut, at 11:04 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing this news with us, even though it was difficult for you. Terence will be remembered for his great attitude and love of life.

    By Blogger TriFeist, at 2:25 AM  

  • Don't we all miss Terence Penguin Number6?
    Here is another tribute coming from Cambridge, England -
    http://3088.blogspot.com/2007/06/goodbye-terence-leong.html

    Adios Terence!


    -H2O
    Paris

    By Blogger CP Waterman, at 5:10 AM  

  • carboman, lets run for Terence in Penang to remember him for such a jovial person and very much into running till his last breath. My blessing and condolences to his family to be able to get over this difficult period.

    By Blogger C-CUBE, at 7:50 PM  

  • I never even knew him, yet I feel such a hollow, sad space in my heart at this news.

    My condolences to all his friends and family.

    By Blogger *jeanne*, at 4:31 AM  

  • I will always remember him for his ever smiling face. No matter the circumstances. He was always ready with a quick joke and witty one liners. What I'll miss most of all is his incredible zest for life and his infectious positive attitude. Even when the chips were down and life dealt him a cruel, cruel blow, he could still see the positive side of it and smile and laugh about it. Rest in peace brother.

    By Anonymous Lawrence, at 10:24 AM  

  • i will not forget him.

    it's indeed sad to hear of his passing.

    i remembered him asking me to go to do haadyai's marathon and tell me to stay in the room and only run to the finish line...collect medal and continue to sleep.

    hahahaha...

    it's indeed a sad day for all of us that knows him.

    By Blogger Stupe, at 11:14 AM  

  • What sad news... Terence wrote many wonderful, lively, funny postings to the Penguin Brigade list, and we loved sharing his races through his reports. My heart goes out to his family. I will dedicate this weekend's run in Central Park to Terence's memory.

    Penguin Harriet
    Hartsdale, New York, USA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:43 AM  

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