Singapore NOC treasurer Edwin Lee passes away, 65

Edwin Lee passed away on Saturday, May 29, aged 65. © Singapore NOC
Edwin Lee passed away on Saturday, May 29, aged 65. © Singapore NOC

Singapore, May 30, 2021: The Singapore National Olympic Council announced the passing of its treasurer, Edwin Lee, on Saturday, May 29.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of our treasurer, Mr Edwin Lee, 65, who passed away this morning,” Singapore NOC said in a Facebook post.

“Edwin was a generous supporter of Singapore sports and no stranger to the local sports fraternity. He was serving as the President of the Singapore Taekwondo Federation and Chinese Swimming Club, and as a director at the Singapore Olympic Foundation. 

“He led the Singapore Tennis Association previously and was also part of the leadership at the Singapore Table Tennis Association. 

“A man of deep benevolence, generosity and kindness, he will be missed by many. Our deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Edwin.”

Singapore’s Rio 2016 Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling commented: “Great loss to our sporting community. A very good and kind person. You will be missed dearly, Uncle Edwin. RIP. Deepest Condolences to his family.”

Singapore’s IOC Vice President, Ng Ser Miang, described Edwin Lee as “a dear friend who is like a brother” and who was “true, kind, loyal, generous and selfless, principled, firm and tough.”

Mr Ng said Edwin contributed much to sport and society but preferred to stay out of the limelight.

“I want to remember Edwin for his laughter, his love of life, his trust in fellow human beings. I want to count my blessings for knowing him, for working together to restructure the Automobile Association of Singapore in 1990s, for supporting our women’s table tennis to win an Olympic silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and building the first public golf course for the enjoyment of tens of thousands of people,” he said.

Singapore NOC President Tan Chuan-jin described Edwin as "an invaluable part of our team" at the Singapore NOC.

"Not only was he our treasurer, he was also our trusted resource person to help sort out awkward and difficult issues. He was involved with sports for quite some time and contributed richly.

“While he was no-nonsense and straight-talking, Edwin had a great sense of humour and definitely a heart of Gold. He was kind and generous with those around him and cared deeply for our athletes and for sports in Singapore. We will miss him dearly.”