Singapore funeral director pens moving tribute to late actor Aloysius Pang

PHOTO: Facebook/Angjolie Mei

She helped to prepare Aloysius Pang's body for his final "red carpet".

Singapore funeral director Angjolie Mei paid a moving tribute to the late actor in a Facebook post at around midnight, Saturday (Jan 26).

Angjolie's team was tasked to prepare the 28-year-old's body for the wake, which began at noon today. She shared that her "heart broke", "when the lid of the coffin opened".

"I held back my tears because I have a job to do. To make you presentable. To make you stylo milo. To make you yantao yantao (handsome)," added Angjolie.

The 37-year-old director of funeral services company The Life Celebrant wrote that she'd never met the actor, but wished they'd been able to meet under a different circumstance.

Noting that he loved the colour black, she wrote:

"We changed you into your favourite black outfit. Your stubbles, we delicately trimmed. Your signature eyebrows, we carefully brushed. Your beautiful face, we gently touched up. Your hairstyle, your stylist gingerly styled to perfection. Now, you are ready to walk down the red carpet."

"I wish I could have met you on a different occasion and compete the number of black outfits we have."

"With a very heavy heart, I bid your farewell as it was time to send you home to an anticipatory crowd. Till we meet again."

Angjolie's post has since been shared more than 1,100 times as of Saturday night, attracting more than 80 comments -- not all of them positive.

Detractors accused her of self-promotion and questioned if she had sought permission from Aloysius' family before releasing "sensitive" details of the embalming process to the public. 

Others, however, thanked her for doing her job, believing that she had no hidden agenda in posting her remarks.

Aloysius died on Wednesday (Jan 23) after suffering serious chest and abdominal injuries from an accident during a Singapore Armed Forces military exercise in New Zealand.

Hundreds turned up at the venue of the wake on Friday night (Jan 25) even before the public memorial was due to start.

Members of the public can pay their respects at 82A MacPherson Lane from today until noon on Sunday.

Hundreds turn up at actor Aloysius Pang's wake

  • Actress Kym Ng delivering her eulogy during the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Aloysius Pang's eldest brother, Jefferson, delivering his eulogy during the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • The crowd waiting outside as a private ceremony went on during Mr Pang's wake in MacPherson, on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Many fans who turned up to pay their respects on Sunday (Jan 27) spoke about a connection to the late actor.
  • Members of Mr Pang's family outside the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Aloysius Pang's parents (mother in white top; father in grey T-shirt) were visibly distraught as they arrived at around 11.30am on Sunday (Jan 27) with family members in tow.
  • Aloysius Pang's mother (in white top) at the wake in MacPherson on Sunday (Jan 27).
  • Yang Libing and Zong Zijie at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • (From right) Dennis Chew, Chew Chor Meng and wife Deon Tan arrive at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Actors Xu Bin (right) and Ian Fang at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Actor Ian Fang consoles Jaylee Woo who is the girlfriend of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • (From right) Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu and Chin’s mother at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Well-wishers queuing to pay respects at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang on Saturday night.
  • Actress Sheila Sim arrives at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • A wreath from Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann.
  • A wreath from Fly Entertainment's Irene Ang and her staff.
  • Actor Richard Low
  • Huang Biren (third from left) pays her respects at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Fans and friends, local politicians and members of the public began streaming in to the wake of late actor Aloysius Pang held at 82A MacPherson Lane on Saturday.
  • Actress Zoe Tay at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • A visibly emotional Zoe teared up at the memorial.
  • Actor Shane Pow bid goodbye to his 'Dai Lo' (big brother)
  • Actor Elvin Ng comforting Jayley.
  • Aloysius' manager and NoonTalk Media founder, Dasmond Koh.
  • Hundreds queued to pay their last respects to the actor
  • Christopher Lee and Fann Wong.
  • Actress Jayley Woo arriving at the wake.
  • Christopher Lee and Fann Wong at the wake.
  • Woo wore a pair of big sunglasses and was hugged and comforted by several people around her.
  • Actors Chen Shucheng and Rayson Tan.
  • Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong at the wake of the late Aloysius Pang.
  • Former MP Zainul Abidin
  • A wreath from actors Christopher Lee and Fann Wong
  • MP Tin Pei Ling at the wake
  • Hundreds had turned up last night when Aloysius' casket first arrived at the venue.
  • Members of the late Aloysius Pang's fan club, Pangsters, tear up at the wake.
  • Actor Nat Ho also paid his respects.
  • Hundreds of people turned up at home-grown actor Aloysius Pang's wake on Friday night (Jan 25).
  • Members of the public and fans started streaming in to stand outside the barricaded multi-purpose area in MacPherson Lane while the wake was being set up.
  • NoonTalk Media boss Dasmond Koh, who's also Aloysius' manager spotted amid preparation work for the funeral.
  • Some onlookers started tearing when the hearse carrying the body arrived at 9.20pm.
  • His close actor friend Xu Bin, 29, and television host Quan Yifong, 44, sobbed uncontrollably.
  • The public was then asked to clear the area so that the late actor's family and friends could pay their respects in private.
  • The public may their respects from 12pm Saturday to 12pm Sunday.
  • An emcee said that members of the public who wished to say their personal goodbyes could come and do so from noon on Saturday.
  • Aloysius' body was flown into Paya Lebar Air Base on a Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R tanker aircraft on Friday evening.
  • CFC (NS) Pang was accorded a homecoming ceremony with Chief of Army Goh Si Hou in attendance, a guard of honour and fellow soldiers of the Artillery Formation.
  • The ceremony was witnessed by the late actor's family, said Mindef in a statement.
  • At the air base, Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, accompanied by Chief of Defence Force Melvyn Ong, met a family member to offer Mindef and the SAF's condolences.