We received grief news from the Provincial of Marist Brothers (East Asia) that Brother John Lek, once a teacher of our school from 1972 to1974, passed away recently in Singapore at the age of 77 after a long fight against cancer. Below is his briefing description of service from the Provincial.
Br. John Lek Soon Tee, FMS (Religious name: Br. John Lek) was born on 27th Dec,1940 in Singapore. He entered our Juniorate in 1953 and then Postulancy in 1960 in Singapore. He underwent novitiate training in USA from 15th August 1960. He made his first profession in 1961 and then perpetually professed in 1966 in Sibu. He graduated from Marist College, USA in 1964 and obtained his professional diploma of education in Singapore in 1980.
He attended Renewal and formation courses in EAPI(1984); St.Beonos, Wales (1989);Sabatth Centre, USA (1997).
His ministry involve in teaching in Catholic High School, Sibu; St. Francis Xavier’s College, St. Francis Xavier’s School in Hong Kong, Maris Stella High School in Singapore, Haixing School in Zhangye, China.
He was appointed Provincial of China Province and served the post from 1989 to 1996. He volunteered to be involved in refounding Marist Mission in China from 1999 to 2010 which eventually bored fruit with a new Brother professed in 2010.
He returned to Singapore in 2014 to face his new challenge in life- cancer of Rectal Carcinoma. He endured a long suffering during treatment but he placed all this in the hand of our Lord. Finally the Lord called him to His side on 09 Dec 2017 in Singapore.
We are saddened by the news. Though we may not know Brother John Lek personally, we will not forget his contribution to the school both as a teacher and a guiding role model.