Murdered dad was 'ultimate nice guy'

Murdered dad was 'ultimate nice guy'
The daughter (right) of Mr Tan Boon Sin and the wife of his son, Mr Tan Chee Heong, at the mortuary.

SINGAPORE - He did not drink, smoke or gamble, and had an even temper.

A car mechanic-turned-successful business owner, Mr Tan Boon Sin seemed like the ultimate nice guy: He would offer to pick up his neighbours' children from school, and even offered his workers a $100 incentive to quit smoking.

The 67-year-old, who was found dead in his home at 14J, Hillside Drive shortly after police were told of his elder son's death on Wednesday afternoon, appeared to be universally well-liked.

"He did not drink, smoke, gamble, or womanise. The only thing he liked doing was fishing," said former business partner Chong Hoy Song, 68, who had known Mr Tan since 1965. They later set up Soc Leon Motor Works together, said the retiree.

The owner of the shop beside Mr Tan's in AutoBay in Kaki Bukit said Mr Tan's shop was doing a roaring trade and that "he definitely had no money issues".

"He was a very nice person, well-liked by all of us here. I've never seen him get into arguments with anyone."

He added that the murdered son, 42-year-old Mr Tan Chee Heong, was a university graduate and married with two children.

Neighbours, too, had nothing but kind words for the older Mr Tan, who enjoyed reading the papers every morning at the table in his garden, and would greet them with a smile whenever they passed by.

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