My Paper's ex-boss dies of pneumonia
MY PAPER'S former consulting editor and The Straits Times' former deputy editor Felix Soh died of pneumonia at home yesterday morning.
He was 63.
Mr Soh, who retired in November, was also suffering from motor neuron disease, which causes nerve cells to gradually break down and die.
His wife, Genevieve Soh, 58, said Mr Soh was unresponsive when she tried to wake him up around 10am yesterday. The family called the paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene. Mrs Soh, a housewife, said: "He was diagnosed in April last year... and his condition deteriorated so fast."
She added that work was his life. "He worked 365 days, and we would be very lucky to have him on Sundays. For him, work would come first and I accepted it. Even if he was at home, he would be preparing for work," she said.
Mr Soh's journalistic career spanned more than 30 years. He started as a sub-editor and went on to hold various positions including news editor, foreign editor and deputy editor at The Straits Times.
The veteran newspaperman played a pivotal role in revamping My Paper when it became Singapore's only bilingual freesheet in 2008.
Under his stewardship, it clinched a silver award for best cross-media editorial coverage from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in 2009.
His most recent role was digital media editor of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) Digital Division.
He also taught journalism at Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.
Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, described Mr Soh as a "multi-talented editor and journalist".
"He had a sharp nose for news, was great at layout and design, brought his creative flair to everything he did, and took to digital media like a duck to water. And he had boundless energy.
"We are all deeply saddened by his death," said Mr Daniel.
Mr Soh's wake at Block 315, Shunfu Road started last evening. He will be cremated on Wednesday. He leaves his wife, son Shawn, 33, and daughter Alana, 30.
THE STRAITS TIMES