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Memorial for a gentle, generous man

Family and friends from as far as Singapore gathered on the Rochester-Heathcote Rd to remember Chang Ho Tiong at the site of his tragic death in a car accident.

ELAINE COONEY March 19, 2014 4:05am

Friends and family paid tribute to Chang Ho Tiong at a Buddhist ceremony on the Rochester-Heathcote Rd.

Friends and family farewelled Chang Ho Tiong at a Buddhist ceremony yesterday.

Chang, of Rochester, was one of four people killed in a car crash on the Rochester-Heathcote Rd on March 8.

Police closed the stretch of road for an hour to allow the friends and family to conduct the service in peace.

Some of Chang’s family flew from Singapore for the service and a Buddhist monk from Bendigo delivered the ceremony.

Chang moved to Australia nine years ago and worked in the district’s vineyards and tomato farms.

He had three children.

Rochester resident and friend Dennis Moon described Chang as a gentle, generous man.

His elder sister Clara Chang said he always took great care of his family, especially his parents.

‘‘He was concerned for his siblings,’’ she said.

‘‘He came here so he could raise his daughters.’’

In line with Buddhist teachings, she said the accident was due to Chang’s karma from a past life.

She said he was a generous man in this life which would bode well for the next.

‘‘I wish his next life will be better,’’ she said.

Chang’s uncle Raymond Teo flew from Singapore when he heard about the crash.

He was pleased with the memorial service and support from the Rochester and Australian community.

He said Mr Moon provided great assistance to the family, as did the police and various government departments.

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