Bro Dominic in action in more recent times. Photo: SJI

A life lived in witness to God’s love

Audrey Lee

Brother Dominic Chong Soon Cheong of the De La Salle Brothers, a beloved member of the Lasallian community and 60 years a Brother, passed away peacefully on July 29 this year. He was 81.

Bro Dominic took his perpetual vows in Singapore, on Dec 3, 1964. During his time here, he was a teacher at St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) from 1967 to 1993 where he served as Community Director in 1974, and from 1980 to 1985.

From 1982 to 1988 he was also the Auxiliary Visitor of Singapore for the De La Salle Brothers. (A Visitor is also known as a Provincial, and an Auxiliary Visitor is appointed to assist the Visitor and substitute for him in his absence). He also served his community in different roles and countries including Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia.

Upon retirement, he remained in Singapore from 1996 until 2015 when he transferred to the Residencia De La Salle in Dasmariñas, Philippines, where he was called home to the Lord whom he had served so faithfully.

Bro Dominic was a religious who had clearly touched and blessed many lives. As the following tributes show, he is fondly missed and remembered by all. May God bless his soul.

“Bro Dom had a warm, bubbly an d cheerful character. I am ever grateful to Bro Dom for giving his life for us as a true disciple of Christ, reminding us of the holy presence of God, and showing us who Jesus is through his life.”

Lawrence Chan, St Joseph Institution (SJI) alumnus

“Bro Dom was a very much beloved brother. Although he never taught me when I was studying in SJI, I would see him every day in school. To me, he exemplified the Beatitudes with his simplicity, peace, and loving and kind demeanour, and he embodied what it meant to be a Christian brother. When I think of Bro Dom, it is his peaceful, calming and loving smile that I will always remember.”

Dr Gerard Nah, SJI alumnus

“The teachers and I at SJI Junior are very saddened by Bro Dom’s passing. I will always remember the joy that he brought to the boys, parents and staff who worked very closely with him. I am thankful to him for his wisdom and guidance during his time here as a brother in residence.”

Timothy Goh, Principal, SJI Junior

 

“I remember Bro Dominic as always smiling, cheerful, and jovial. Ever the educator, when he visited us in Canada in June 2009, he was ready to conduct Brain Gym and healing workshops. He was always ready with a joke or magic trick to entertain the children, and they engaged in long conversations together. He was dedicated to his vocation, fervent in faith, generous, and constantly searching for new ways to engage; to educate.  I am honoured he was my uncle.”

Rafael Oei, nephew

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