Much love shown for a life fully lived
Mr Patrick Hon's life was short but it was lived to the fullest, said his parents.
Hundreds of people turned up at his wake on Sept 5 and 6, including Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is the Hons' Member of Parliament.
DPM Teo had even posted a condolence message on his own Facebook page.
"Farewell to our young friend Patrick," he wrote, "He led a life that's full, living not just for himself but for others. May your loved ones be comforted by the happines that you brought to so many others."
Mr Hon had been an active grassroots volunteer and was part of the People's Association Youth Executive Council (YEC).
His parents also recalled how Mr Hon had always been a model student, scoring 267 for his PSLE and distinctions for his O and A levels.
The Mathematics student recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Merit. His father, Mr Hon Chee Wah, said: "When he was born, the doctor told us to be prepared that he might not live past his first birthday."
Since news of Mr Hon's death broke, there has been an outpouring of grief on his Facebook page from those whose lives he had touched.
His primary school friend, Ms Lois Goh, 24, recalled how Mr Hon had missed school for his heart surgery when he was nine.
Despite having missed an entire month of classes, Mr Hon had fared better than Ms Goh in the science finals, which Ms Goh was upset about. They eventually patched things up.
"Sure, you had a hole in your heart but to me, your heart was whole and full of love," Ms Goh wrote.
Mr Hon's younger sister, Cynthia, 19, promised to continue his legacy.
She wrote: "Don't worry bro... I'll continue from where you left off, which is graduating from university and joining YEC and continue to contribute to the community.
"I'll also take your place of taking care of mum and dad so you don't have to worry too much."