Farewell to Dr Balaji
Balaji's son draws moving portrait of a romantic family man
'My dad was my hero'
Hundreds of grassroots leaders and residents from Dr Balaji's Cheng San-Seletar ward lined the road outside Cheng San Community Club yesterday afternoon as the cortege left the CC for Mandai Crematorium. Some came in wheelchairs, while some others came pushing prams.
TEARS gave way to smiles on many faces at the funeral of Dr Balaji Sadasivan yesterday, when his son provided a little-known picture of a man who lived life with love and gusto.
But above all, he loved his family, said his son Dharma, 28, in a moving eulogy punctuated with stories that showed his father as a romantic at heart and a big fan of rock 'n' roll music.
He would play songs by Michael Jackson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Bee Gees when Mr Dharma visited his Gleneagles clinic as a boy.
'My uncle... told me that when they were younger, my dad wanted to be like Jimi Hendrix,' he added with a smile, referring to the iconic guitarist of the 1960s.
His eulogy, coming after three sombre tributes, gave a lift to the solemn hush at Funeral Halls 1 and 2 in Mandai Crematorium.
The halls were filled to the brim with friends, colleagues, grassroots leaders, doctors and family members bidding farewell to the Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who had died of colon cancer on Monday,27Sept2010, at age 55.
Love is a great thing, an altogether good gift, the only thing that makes burdens light and bears all that is hard with ease. Love carries a weight without feeling it, and makes all that is bitter sweet and pleasant to the taste in life. Lead on...with love..is the mother of all principles of leadership.