Retiree, 85, leads solitary life in rental flat after death of wheelchair-bound wife

Retiree, 85, leads solitary life in rental flat after death of wheelchair-bound wife

Diabetes and poor health did not stop retiree Fong Ah Choy.

Rain or shine, the 85-year-old would push his wheelchair-bound wife Chua Soay, 81, for fresh air outside their Ang Mo Kio rental flat.

Last Monday, the couple headed to a temple at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 where there was free food for the elderly. Sadly, that was Madam Chua's last outing.

"When we reached the temple, volunteers said she felt cold. Suddenly she fainted," Mr Fong recalled in a mix of Hokkien and Malay.

"They sent her to hospital and she died there."

The couple of 22 years have no children.

Madam Chua was cremated last Wednesday, with just her heartbroken husband witnessing the last rites.

Inseparable in life, he now lives at home alone, sleeping or sitting in her favourite black chair.

Undertaker Roland Tay took care of the funeral for free after he heard about it.

"They have no one else," he said. "Uncle can't walk much, so he won't be there when Auntie's ashes are scattered at sea. It's very sad."

Mr Fong, who is blind in his left eye, said he met Madam Chua "in hospital, when she was warded for mumps and I was working there (repairing pipes)".

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