SINGAPORE - The grieving wife of dive victim Lee Yong Yeow had only shared two months of marriage with him when tragedy struck, robbing her of her life partner - "a good man who loved the people around him".
Mrs Y.H. Lee told The Straits Times at the wake on Monday that her husband "kept a low profile and didn't even have a Facebook account".
"But you can see by how many people are here on Monday just what kind of person he was."
Despite the rain, visitors began arriving at the wake at Bedok Reservoir Road from 2pm to pay their respects.
Dr Lee, 35, was a research scientist and project leader at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).
He was regarded as a promising talent in the bioengineering field, having won an outstanding mentor award at his workplace this year and another for his entrepreneurial work with colleagues in 2010.
Dr Lee and his wife went to Tioman on Friday for a threeday dive trip.
He was diving with his instructor, Mr Tan Seah Heng, 48, about 25m from the shore on Saturday at about 11am when they ran into difficulties.