It’s been a month since Dr Richard Teo passed away, so I thought I’d write a final goodbye for him. The print media have written about him all over, why not I?
Richard was my boss as well as a friend for 2 and a half years since August 2010, when I joined the clinic he founded and have since learnt so much from him and his business partner. Some may consider me a protege of Dr Richard Teo… and what I knew of him was enough to earn my deepest respect for that man.
He had great business acumen, a sharp mind and a very sensible head on his shoulders. He definitely knew how to run a good business.
He also had a sensitive side. I felt as if he could read people’s moods and even their minds. He was a warm and friendly personality to his fraternity and a responsible doctor to his patients. Some have wrongly accused him of only seeing the dollar signs on his clients, but the Richard I knew listened to what his patients wanted and did his best to serve them what they asked for. And he had very good hands too. Just because he was in a more lucrative field of medicine doesn’t make his work evil.
He loved to zip around in his GTR and aimed to grow his business to (always) the next level. As everyone may have seen in his testimony, I’m not surprised that he wanted to buy a Ferrari and build a bungalow for himself. (Although, as far as I know, he didn’t already have these yet.) He was an ambitious man, but he wasn’t a baddd man. Which hot blooded young man isn’t impassioned about life, works to do something great to make it big in society and later on, to rest on his laurels? He mentioned that his big mistake was that he had his priorities wrong while trying to achieve these. He couldn’t handle his success and it was by the grace of God he was pulled back from the edge of the cliff before he fell over.
I just hope that people do not remember Richard in the way some media sources have popularly painted him out to be– a conniving, materialistic, unfeeling businessman– but to know that he was just human (like the rest of us) and did things humanly (like the rest of us would), but found a better way at last, although the lesson came at a great price.
And we all cannot deny the deep impression his life testimony left on us. His story touched many of us who read it and helped us learn his life’s lesson without going through the same suffering he did. Consider ourselves lucky, and be grateful he was brave enough to step up and openly share his epiphany with us.
How has he changed my life? Apart from the valuable medical skills he taught me, his life lesson made me think it was time to start a family with my husband and my son was thus born 4 months ago. Little Eddy has since been one of the most unspeakable joys in my life.
So thank You, God, for Richard’s life. Though it ended shortly, it burned very bright at the very last for Your glory.
Some memories of him…