SINGAPORE- Having last seen him five years ago, Mr Matt Farr was looking forward to a reunion with his teenage son in Singapore next February. Then, he received a call from his Singaporean wife on Sunday morning.
"She specifically said to me, 'We lost Jordan'," the 45-year- old told The Straits Times over the phone from Thailand yesterday.
He was told their only son Jordan Marcus Farr Jing Xuan Pang, 18, had been killed in a gyrocopter crash in Australia last Saturday.
"He was going to come back to Singapore to do his national service," said Mr Farr, his voice choking with emotion.
"I was preparing to move back to Singapore in February so that I can see him on weekends and help him get through NS."
The Canadian, a retired investor based in Thailand, revealed that in his last message to his son last month, he told of how much he was looking forward to their reunion.
"I wrote the e-mail from Kazu Sumiyaki restaurant in Cuppage Plaza. I sat at the exact same table where my son and I sat when we last dined there together in 2008," said Mr Farr. "If he did not die, he would be back in Singapore and I would be having murtabak or roti prata with him near Frankel Avenue. But that's not the way it will turn out now."
His son had been on a two- seater gyrocopter, which took off from the Yarra Valley Conference Centre, north-east of Melbourne, at 5.20pm (2.20pm Singapore time) last Saturday for a 15- minute sightseeing flight.