SINGAPORE: Dr Richard Eu Keng Mun, former chairman of Eu Yan Sang Holdings from 1978 to 1993, will be remembered by his family as a man who cared about his relationships, loved trying new foods, and a leader who gave much to charities and education.
The 99-year-old passed away of old age on Thursday, leaving behind four children, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. His wife, Diana, died more than a decade ago.
Dr Eu’s father was Eu Tong Sen, a leading businessman in Malaya, Singapore, and Hong Kong during the late 19th and early 20th century. His grandfather was Eu Kong, who left his home town of Foshan in Guangdong, southern China, to seek his fortune in Malaya.
Determined to free tin mine coolies from the clutches of opium, Eu Kong set up his first shop in 1879 in Gopeng, Perak, and named it “Yan Sang” meaning “caring for mankind” in Chinese.
The Eu Yan Sang legacy was continued by Tong Sen and subsequent generations. — The Straits Times/Asian News Network