YAP, Yee Jong

YAP Yee Jong

In loving memory of Yee Jong, born in Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia on 11th November 1962,

who went home to his Father, surrounded by his family aged 61.

Beloved Husband and Soulmate to Tammy for 32 years.

Cherished Dad to Ben & Crystal, Sam, Danny & Cassandra, and Josh.

Fondly remembered brother to Yee Voon and Har Fong,

and a loved friend to many.

Selfless, steadfast, strong, sincere and Spirit-filled.

The service to 'close the books' and celebrate Yee Jong's life

will be held at Berwick Anglican Church, 55 Peel Street, Berwick,

on Thursday 22nd February 2024 at 2pm (AEDT).

For those unable to attend who would like to watch the service online,

please email: Yap.Yee.Jong@proton.me for a link to the live stream.

Please share your wishes, memories or stories in the tributes section below, or send them to the email address above. Send photos to the email address.

Contributions will be compiled into a book for the family to keep.


The family request a donation in Yee Jong's memory to either the Lung Foundation of Australia or the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre.


or https://onjcentre-inmemory.raisely.com/

25 Tributes

  1. Pauline Yip
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    Dear (Yappies) Tamsy, Benjamin, Samuel, Daniel and Joshua,

    My snip shot of Yee Jong : He has a wonderful persona. Just one of a kind.
    Faithful, cheerful always with an ever-ready smile, gentle and kind, down to earth, simple, respectful, a great provider, desirous of God and hearing his word. I remember attending and celebrating each of your birthdays (growing up days )at Pasir Ris, Singapore. The planning and preparation that went into it by both Tamsy and Jong are greatly appreciated (For one it fed our stomach) as we share in the joy of seeing all of you growing up. He was a great family man, husband and Father to all of you precious one. I believe he battled long and hard with perseverance and courage because he loved you all. While his duty on earth is done, we know he is united with the Lord rested and secured, removed from pain and suffering.

    May the Lord comfort and heal you. May his ever faithful presence go before you as He leads and directs your path. Stay strong, firm and secure in our All wise and loving Lord.
    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’

    Love and Hugs
    Kong Yee

    • Tam
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      Love you too Kong Yee.
      Thank you so much.

    • Uyen Tran
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      I worked with Yee Jong, he was a very personable, cheerful and humble person. I did not know of his sickness or passing. Such a great loss to the company, community and family. All my condolecences to his family in such a sad time. Uyen

  2. Merryl Kelly
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    Dear Tammy, Ben, Sam, Daniel and Josh
    We have such great memories of being together at our leaders’ meetings and family gatherings. Yee Jong’s gentleness and faithfulness will be remembered. He had a great sense of humour. We remember the boy’s words to their dad at his 50th and we could tell that they respected and loved their dad so much.
    We pray God’s love and comfort to your hearts.
    Accept our heartfelt sympathies and know that you are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Lots of love
    Row n Merryl

  3. Madelet du Plessis
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    Yee Jong was a lovely person, kind and gentle and a very dear friend.

    I remember Saturday mornings at the pool, when he and a little Joshie would arrive for swimming lessons while Nandi and I went for our weekly swim .
    Such a caring Daddy he was.

    And then I remember Yee Jong when the friends were meeting for an evening of games. When he was playing Blockus, he swept through that board like a proper Chinese Warlord, sweeping everything in his way!

    He was a special person and a lovely friend.

    I miss him. I will always remember him.

  4. Rose Francis
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    I met Yee Jong 35 years ago. He was a shy young overseas student in my home city of Christchurch, New Zealand. He was polite, honourable, and diligent in his studies. It was a pleasure to see my daughter Tammy blossoming in his care as they were uni flat mates. From their marriage 32 years ago Yee Jong has been my ‘fourth son’ and together he and Tammy have raised my grandsons as international citizens; as Yee Jong’s accountancy skills took them to exciting centres. It has been my joy to see Yee Jong and Tammy raise my grandsons as fine Christian men, honouring God, and growing in grace. Over the decades, we have enjoyed hospitality in each other’s homes, shared good times and grieved together when our loved ones have died.
    Yee Jong faced his last long struggle with courage and unwavering faith. He has been a great role model for his sons through pain and distress.
    As we thank God for Yee Jong and all he means to us, we are comforted that there is no more pain, and he is at peace. I thank God for Yee Jong’s steady, stable presence in our family. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” We will emerge from this dark place of grief as we place our future in God’s hands.
    Farewell dear Yee Jong. I believe our God will say to you “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the presence of your Lord.”

  5. Noel Micallef
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    Yee Yong was just a thoroughly decent, kind and thoughtful gentleman. It was always a pleasure to meet him and Tammy at his regular appointments and it was an honor to play a small role in his care.
    May his beautiful soul rest in peace.

  6. Rahmaa Alberazenchi
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    Dear Tammy, Ben,Daniel,,Sam and Josh,
    Yee Jong was a lovely, kind and thoughtful person, every time he came to his appointments he had smile on his face and never complained. He was a fighter till the end. My his soul rest in peace

  7. Chiang Yip
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    “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)

    I have known Yee Jong since we were students at Canterbury University in the early 80s. We were house mates at one time and I fondly recall how his presence brought fun and laughter to those around him. He was a kind and generous friend and in his later years grew to become a loving husband to Tammy and a devoted father to his four boys.

    I am grateful to Yee Jong for the beautiful memories we shared in our youth, which I will always treasure.

    Farewell my dear friend and brother in Christ. May your soul rest in peace.

  8. Carolyn Koh
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    May Yap rest in peace.
    Condolences to Tammy & family.

    We were BCom course mates in University of Canterbury. I met Yap in 1982. I have fond memories of his cheerful personality. Thank you for being part of my memories of our university days.

  9. Alex Ng
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    I have known Yee Jong since 1982 in Christchurch. He was known to us as Yap. We both did B. Com. at Canterbury University. Unfortunately we lost touch after our studies. But his happy and cheerful self had made a deep impression in me. I feel very sad that the only news I heard of him since graduation was his passing. Rest in peace Yap. My sincere condolences to the family.

  10. Steven Loh Oo Seng
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    It was with a sense of loss and shock to learn of Yap’s passing.

    I have known him as a fellow student of Canty as well as a flatmate in Brockworth. I have known him as Yappy, the ever cheerful guy of our group.

    It is sad that we were not able to keep in touch for many years.

    May Yap RIP. My condolences goes to Tammy and all in her family.

  11. Alison Wong
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    Dear Tammy
    My condolence to you and your family. Even though I didn’t know him well, the few times we met have left an impression of a gentle and steadfast man. I hope you find comfort in knowing that he is truly at peace now. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  12. Hardev, Era & Sonia
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    Dearest Tammy, Ben, Sam, Daniel & Josh, our deepest condolences to you. We were so shocked to hear the news as we had no idea of his struggle. We first met Yee Jong on a family trip to Malaysia, introduced by my good friend and his brother in law, Bob. Yee Jong and Tammy warmly welcomed my wife and I into their home and really made us feel part of the family. While in Singapore, we visited them often and saw the boys grow up. Even when we visited them in Australia, they generously opened their home to us. I learnt what it meant to be a Christian husband and father from Yee Jong’s strong role modelling. We will miss you deeply dear brother. May the verse from Matt 5: 4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.’ grant Tammy and family additional portion of strength during this difficult time.

  13. Ravee Suntheralingam
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    So sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to Tammy, the kids and Yee Voon.

    I was with Yee Jong from primary school in 1969 all the way to university. Firstly at Pasar Road English School then Victoria Institution and finally at Canterbury. We were also in the Victoria Institution Perfects Board and came to Christchurch in 1982.

    Yee Jong did a BCom at Canterbury whilst I opted for a BE(Hons) and ME. We went on different career paths after graduation but I knew snippets of how he was doing over the year but was totally out of touch in recent years.

    My condolences to Yee Voon who was my senior and also with the Prefects Board. His uncle Yap Yew taught me mathematics in sixth form.

    Lots of memories over the years.

    Take care buddy. See you at the resurrection.

  14. Rozalila Abdul Rahman
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    My deepest condolences to Tammy and family. May Yee Jong rest in peace.

    Yee Jong was my class mate for 2 years (lower and upper six form) in Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur.

    He was a great friend, a good school prefect and active sportsman. He lived up to the Victoria Institution mantra ~ A Scholar, A Sportsman & A Gentleman.

    I have not been able to stay connected with him after our sixth form in 1981. However, I remembered him telling me that he enrolled himself as a pilot cadet at a flying academy.

    It is unfortunate that our paths did not cross earlier although I have had frequent trips to Melbourne to see my daughter who was studying there.

    I hope you and your family will stay strong. Yee Jong is in a better place.

    Take care and blessings always.
    Roza (Yee King’s VI classmate)

  15. Nancy Teh
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    Dearest Tam, Ben, Sam, Danny n Josh,

    Our deepest condolences to you on your loss of a most beloved and cherished husband, friend n dad!

    Praying for you all – that God’s abiding presence and love, and His merciful grace will give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

    It has been our blessing to have you both, and the boys as our first neighbors in our first home in Pasir Ris. We’ve missed you and your family much since you moved to Melbourne, and thought of you all from time to time with much thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father.

    We are so grateful to know that we have been a part of Yee Jong’s fond memories as he reminisced our days as neighbors in Pasir Ris. Thanks for letting us know.

    We will miss Yee Jong dearly. Though we’re not often in contact, the Yaps will always be family.

    Our hearts and thoughts are with you and the boys in these difficult moments, Tam. Big, big hugs for you all!

    But we are thankful to God that we do not grieve as those without hope. Cos our hope is in our eternal homecoming. And that we will see Yee Jong again.

    Remembering you, Yee Jong – your ever-ready smiles, one of a kind laughs, your bubbly energy playing with the boys when they were young, walking down our shared corridor, your gentle mannerisms, our friendships shared, a most trustworthy n loyal friend, n our cherished brother in Christ.

    Till we meet, makan and fellowship with you again in heaven, Yee Jong!

    Much love from the Tehs.

    In His ♡ n ours,
    Nick, Nancy, Dom, Gen n Val

  16. Bob
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    Dearest Family,
    We are deeply saddened by Yee Jong’s departing, and we share in your grief.
    But we also rejoice with you that our Lord has called him home, he is suffering no more, and we will meet again in heaven. May we all also, like Yee Jong hear our Father say “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into your rest”.
    We love you all,
    Abu, Auntie Mei, Samantha, Shania & Shamara

  17. Alister Bayston
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    I worked alongside Yee Jong at the steel company. He had a wonderful energy about him: insightful and kind at once. I’m not surprised to see such heartfelt outpourings about the loss of him to so many. I was so very sorry to hear of his death.

    My best wishes to the family!


  18. Mitchell Schupp
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    Dear Yap Family,

    My dearest condolences for your loss. I pray that you are comforted by the thought of Yee Jong uniting with his Heavenly Father.

    Yee Jong was truly one of a kind. A man who was full of joy like no other, evident from meeting with him and hearing his contagious laugh and seeing his beautiful smile. Yee Jong was an upstanding man of God, a man of strong faith and integrity. Yee Jong and Tammy lead their family in the ways of the Lord above all else. In his memory, Yee Jong leaves behind a legacy of strong Godly character that not only his sons can look to reciprocate, but everyone that remembers him.

    May God rest his soul.

    May God give peace to the Yap family during this time.

    With Love, Mitchell and Andriana Schupp

  19. David Chang & Fam
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    Words can’t express our sadness
    Reminisce those cherished days at Canterbury
    Though our friend Yap may be gone
    His smile and kindness will never be forgotten
    Our deepest condolences to Tammy & Family
    Take care …

  20. Cassandra Cheah
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    Sending my deepest condolences to Yap family. I knew Yee Jong for over a decade of my career when I was with ARC. He was there in my job interview too, since I knew him he has been supportive and caring human, and it was such sadness that I heard the news, what seems to be so sudden he had passed.

    Take good care of yourselves and RIP Yee Jong ❤️xx

  21. Pieter Du Plessis
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    I did not know Yee Jong as well as I would have liked to, but well enough to remember his wonderful loving kindness, presence and interest in all that crosses his path. A modest man, he could not hide his love of God. My deepest condolences to Tammy and the family. May God comfort you and provide you with peace.

  22. Chendra Tedjo
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    Dear Tammy,

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Please accept my condolences and may our prayers help comfort you..

    Your ex room mate,

    Chendra Tedjo

  23. Michael Yap
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    We always knew brother Yee Jong to be an unassuming and gentle soul. Our family had the joy of spending a few years drawing close together when Yee Jong and his family lived in Singapore. He was always the dependable, thoughtful father to his sons and the guy with whom I could share a quiet joke while our families had BBQ together. I admired his heart for the Lord and how he demonstrated a simple, resilient faith in his God whenever we prayed together. Our family are grieved at brother’s passing but we hold out on the promise that he is but sleeping in Christ and we’ll all be together again. Goodbye for now, my brother. Our deepest condolences and earnest prayers for comfort to you, dear Tammy and to the boys (now men) Ben, Sam, Daniel and Josh. May the Lord’s presence embrace you and strengthen your hearts.

    – Michael, Sarah, Shana, Natasha & Anna Yap

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