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SINGAPORE - After 55 years of running a mobile provision shop, Mr Foo Kee See, 78, fondly known as Uncle Bread made his final round in Serangoon Gardens, Seletar Hills Estate and Kovan on Wednesday (Jan 11).
"I'm old, I have no more energy to work," said Mr Foo.
Along the way, many residents stood outside their homes, waiting for Mr Foo's familiar green van to come by.
Some ran out of their homes to say goodbye after hearing the tooting of the van's horn.
They showered him with red packets, gifts and hugs.
Residents bid farewell to Uncle Bread as he makes final round in his van
"Many customers took photos with me. They also gave me red packets, about 10 to 20 in total," said Mr Foo.
Mr Foo started selling bread from his van at the age of 23. He later expanded his "bread van" to include other provisions.
"I've been a customer for 30 years," said Ms Lina Yaranon, a domestic helper living in Serangoon Gardens. "Sometimes I buy bread, eggs or whatever. I will miss him."
Another domestic worker, Ms Shirley Aquino, said: "I will miss him because I've been buying things from him for so long. Sometimes if we only need things like bread and eggs, we just ask uncle, no need to go NTUC."
Farewell, Uncle Bread
Serangoon Gardens resident Pat Norris, who has been a regular customer since 1969, said: "When we first came here, the bread man was here, the satay man was here, the Hokkien mee man was here, the 'ting ting' candy man was here. Now, he's the last one and after this no more."
When asked about his plans after retirement, Mr Foo smiled and said: "I want to go for walks and read the newspapers."
This article was first published on Jan 12, 2017.
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