- 77 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 30, 1939
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Apr 24, 2016
- Place of passing:
|Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling. Only a sinner, saved by grace.|
This memorial website was created in memory of our dearly beloved, Elder William Seah, born on January 30, 1939 and called home to glory at age 77 on April 24, 2016. We thank God for his life and he will always be deeply missed and fondly cherished in our hearts.
"My name is John Tow Shanton, Life Church's Pastor Tow's son. William and I go back a long, long way - to the "Hooper Road Days." Those were the happy days of our youth - in the late fifties! I will never forget them. Indeed, I can still picture very clearly, the times so many of us in our youth group "gravitated" there! All through to the sixties, until the time I flew out to America to further my studies, William was like an older brother to me. I remember him as one of the luminaries in our circle of friends, warm-hearted, handsome (he reminded me of a film actor, and had indeed the charisma of one), ever happy and uppity in spirit, he naturally attracted my attention. He was an excellent Bible teacher, and helped me understand many parts of it. He was very well-read and was often the one I would turn to for help in understanding technical things. I will always remember his advice to me when he told me this: "It's good to know something of everything and everything of something." More, he was generous to a fault and very often treated me and quite a few of those in the inner circle of Life Church's youth fellowship to supper at Koek Lane after the meetings. He was always a hit with us younger guys, for we so enjoyed riding around in his new WV Beetle. I still remember (I hope I do, correctly after all these years) the plate number: SG 1549. Anyway, the one big thing that I will never forget about William is how he would hum and sing this favorite youth chorus: "The Way of the Cross Leads Home," - always beaming as he did. We were then at the Telok Paku Bible Camp. (Incidentally, it was there that I came to faith in Christ.) Ah, those days of heaven on earth! Even now, I can hear him sing that song, can you imagine that. And I am sure that as he broke through the gloom of all those days of his suffering, he was lifted up into glory- fully restored to health and youth - with it on his lips too! My God bless and rest his soul now and forever."
"Dear Amy, Allister, Bena and Colin,
We are very saddened to hear of the passing on of your beloved husband and dad….
A true and faithful soldier of the Lord! That is how we remember the late Elder William Seah!
We share in your sorrows as you miss him but also rejoice in gratitude to know He is with the Lord to enjoy his well-earned eternal rest.
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours: and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13).
Many will remember the blessings that he had been to them in salvation, spiritual growth and just plain good and encouraging fellowship during his very many long years in His Majesty’s Service.
We salute a valiant soldier now promoted to glory.
Daniel Chew, Sylvia, Sam & Anna
"Dear Colin and Joy,
I got to know about your dad's passing through Sofina. I met your dad when I was a little girl and recall stories of him cracking jokes at a church camp we went to in Perth. My thoughts are with you and your family.
With love, Mag"
"I will never forget the kindness Elder Seah showed me when I arrived in Singapore from the UK in 1980. He helped me adjust in so many practical ways by many acts of kindness. I especially appreciated the invitation to join his family for Sunday breakfast for many years, something I always remember. As I served with him in Calvary Pandan Bible Presbyterian Church I was always impressed with his love for the Lord's Word and deep concern for those he ministered to. I left for Perth, Australia in 1987 and although I did not see Elder Seah for many years he was a man I never forgot. Although I was saddened when I heard of his struggles with health in his latter years, I was always deeply encouraged by what Amy shared, and the poems he wrote which were so full of God's Word. It was a great thrill to meet Elder Seah and Amy on one of my trips to Singapore. I will never forget the many hours of fellowship we had, as we meditated on the Word of God. That time was a huge encouragement to my heart and soul, and reinforced my recollection of Elder Seah as a man who truly loved God's Word. It was such a joy to see how both Amy and Elder Seah took such delight in remembering His Word and how His Word had such an impact in both of their lives. I also will never forget a frequently repeated promise he made to me "Mark, when you go to Heaven I will be waiting to greet you". Although we are sad to loose the fellowship of such a dear brother we rejoice he is now with His Lord whom He loved so dearly and that he is free from his physical trials. Elder Seah, I look forward to meeting you in Heaven!"
"As I sat in front during the service on Wed night, listening to the sermon preached; viewing the powerpoint presentation and testimonies shared, one verse came up that I believe adequately summed up Elder Seah's life. "for David , after he had served his own generation, by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption." (Acts 13:36). Elder Seah is a servant; and he was faithful in his service. He had served his own generation. How many people has he impacted during his lifetime? Many and only eternity will reveal the actual figures. He fulfilled God's will for His life. And when it was time o go home, like David, he fell on sleep - beautiful expression for saints of God. Jim Elliot, a martyr who died in Ecuador, said, "A Christian should so serve and live for the Lord that when it is time for him to sleep, all he has to do is sleep." God gives his beloved restful sleep. Elder Seah left for glory with no regrets - of perhaps witnessing more; serving more, etc. All he had to do was to sleep in Christ. One day, He who saw no corruption, will summon Elder Seah and all who are asleep in Him, to meet Him in the clouds, then we who are alive, shall also be caught up to have this great reunion. (1 Thess 4:13-18). So to Elder Seah, whom my wife and I had the privilege to know, we say, "see you later." In the interim, may the Lord find all of us faithful - reaching out to our own generation; serving according to the will of God. In God's time, if He tarries, we shall also sleep in Him."
"Dear Amy and the bereaved family,
We did pray for Eld William Seah, and we thank God for helping Eld Seah endure his trial with faith in the Lord and His Word unto death. Now he is with the Lord in a much more blessed place in Heaven. May the Lord comfort you and your loved ones.
Hien Nguyen, on behalf of Brisbane BPC."
"Elder Seah had known The Truth because he had continued in Christ's word; for John 8:31-32 states, "...If ye continue in my word.....ye shall know the truth,...""
"It is said that our beloved Elder Seah has "a heart full of love", it can also be rephrased that Elder Seah has "a heart full of God".
For 1 John 4:16 states that "...God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
Elder Seah loved because God taught him how to love."
"I recently wrote an article on " leaving a legacy". In it i mentioned that for a Christian, one way to leave a legacy in a way that is in line with God's trans-millenia work of building His church is this: build spiritual sons and daughters. I then recollect how God places many spiritual fathers and mothers along my Christian journey - who shape many livelong spiritual discipines till this day.
i should add that Eld Seah is one such major influence in my early Christian life. When i think of a fervent, tireless, and joyful Christian, it will not be too long before the image of Eld Seah comes to mind. His example of willing sincere service over an entire lifetime challenges any excuse that i have to leave my hand off the plough. I thank God for having met Eld Seah and have been blessed through him"
"Dear Amy, Allister, Bena and Colin,
This comes to you and your loved ones with our heartfelt condolences in your present bereavement.
My relationship with William started in September 1957 when he, in his always evangelistic zeal, eagerly invited me to attend a gospel meeting at the Venning Road Chapel in Kuala Lumpur. We were first year students at the KL Technical College. I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour at the very next week in the same church. I am very grateful to William for the close fellowship I have had from then on with much Christian love. This fellowship included that with William's elder brother Robert a senior student at the college at this time. When I first came down to Singapore to work during my field training and after graduation I was alone and stayed in the wild Jurong of the early sixties. William invited me to stay with his family at Hooper Road during the weekends enjoying the kind hospitality of his parents and siblings as well. Through him I also connected with Life B-P Church at Prinsep Street. William's brothers and sisters in Christ became mine.
Dearly beloved, we find it difficult to comfort you and your loved ones with our own words but we praise our almighty God for giving to us that which will not only comfort but is certain and of eternal hope. Revelation 21:4 says:
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Kindly also convey our condolences to Robert, Sin Gek, Sally, Michael, Adek and other loved ones in the extended family.
Chai and Siew Leng
(Uncle Chai and Yee Ee and family from Vancouver, Canada)"
"Elder Seah - God's faithful servant who was always "on call" to share God's message of salvation regardless of how busy he was. And that was how our aged parents came to know the Lord; through Elder Seah's sharing. Whenever our unsaved love ones were hospitalised, in desperation, we always turn to Elder Seah who was ever-ready to visit them - at a moment's notice!
God has indeed blessed us with knowing Elder Seah. We count ourselves privileged to have the opportunity to have fellowship with him. Even when he was unwell when we visited him, he still encouraged and shared God's Word with us. And he would not fail to give us memory verses to memorise, trying to instil in us the joy of knowing God's Word.
We will surely miss him especially when we reminisced the several occasions when he stayed with us in KL and fellowship with our friends and neighbours and, with his witty humour, left us all in stitches! He was indeed a joy to be with and we have no doubt that many who know him will definitely miss him too. However, we will constantly be reminded of him through a hymn he penned for us using acroymns of our surname 'Huang'.
We are certain he is now resting well in the bosom of the Lord whom he had so faithfully serve.
And Amy, may God bless and keep you and comfort you for your loss.
Love in His Name
Shoou Shinu & Alice"
"Never have we met, never have we spoken
Never any remembrance yet never a stranger
"The Great Gospel Enterprise" on sermon audio
shall be the first, never the last
Meaningful hymns penned will be sung
What a joy to serve my Jesus
A name that arises when brethren share
A lover of His Word kept within the heart
A language overflows with the fullness of His Word
A life of witnessing, a man of God
Impacting the unknown, challenging His own
It is finished, his work shall follows
Face to face, resting in blossom of the Lord
Dear Amy & family, may the Lord comforts your hearts for we know the day of the Lord shall come quickly, oh, what a gathering it shall be!"
"' I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, ' -Phil 1:3
Indeed this verse aptly described how I feel about Eld Seah.
His love for God's word , work and people was clearly showed in his life. Eld Seah was the chairman of calvary pandan kindergarten when I was teaching there. He would faithfully come on every Wednesday to give us morning devotion. I still remember he taught us thru the 176 verses in Ps 119. My eldest son who studied in CPK also fondly remember Eld Seah who would stay back after morning devotion to talk and play with the children. Thank God that Eld Seah is now in a better place and thank God for the blessed hope that we will meet again one day!"
"My wife Luan Kheng and i remember Elder Seah fondly as a good friend, brother in Christ and our marriage counselor. He was the first friend i know when i first stepped into Calvary Pandan BPC. He encouraged me to be strong in the Lord when i was faced with parental objection for my baptism. I finally got baptized in Calvary BPC in 1983. He was my spiritual friend. He was my good friend indeed. He was my investor of my first start up company. He introduced us to Gethsemane BPC when we got married and moved to the East and we have been joyously serving the Lord in Gethsemane BPC today.You have taught me truly what it takes to be an Elder. My Dear Elder Seah we shall meet again on the other shore on the day of resurrection. We will miss you for a little while. Praying for your dear wife Amy and all your loved ones."
"Dear Amy, Allister, Bena & Colin
I am sorry/happy to receive the sad/glad news that your Dad has
Been called home to our Lord Whom he loved.
I know Dad had been greatly used by our Lord over all these years since he came to the Lord. He is now with the Lord
Gone to reunite with his parents and brother Guan Chye
And to his reward and well-earned rest
I had been reviewing some of the photographs of my visit to him and Amy with my brother Henry.
He was my childhood friend
Next door neighbour
Whom I invited to Gospel rally where he received
I think it was Percy Crawford Gospel rally at Life Church
Since then William was active for the Lord
And exemplary in soul-winning
Among them are Moses Tan Boon Chiang,
Aaron Wong Jit Beng,
Peter Chong Jit Loi
And many more
He also sang in the Life Church choir when I was the conductor in 1957,58
Another person he led to Christ is Elder Dr Ang Beng Chong
He was actively winning his classmates at Raffles Institution to the Lord
After his conversion his life
He used to write naughty
But after he came to the Lord
He was transformed
William was an ardent soul winner
Among those that I know
I think he was the champion soul-winner
That was in my time
Only God knows
He also led Lawrence Leong ( now in USA) to the Lord
And one Caleb
He was always ready to witness for our Lord
That is my main memory of him
William and I grew up on the same "gang"
We did not let anyone bully us
And we were not afraid of the bad guys
We played rounders together . Robert his elder brother was the star player. He could hit the ball the furthest
When I invited William to church and Sunday School,
Later he came to the Youth Fellowship and prayer meeting too
And church camp
He was serious about God
When he went to study in Malaya
He led Chee Ah Chai to the Lord
Our family history goes back 3 generations
My grandfather Eld Heng Chiang Mong
Witnessed to your grandfather Mr Seah Eng Tuck
Then my father Elder Heng Mui Kiah witnessed to his father too
By God's grace
His father prayed with me to receive Christ
Thank God William and
Robert stood firm in their belief in Christ
God changed William's life
No doubt about it
Because he was zealous in witnessing for God
God blessed him in his studies
And then his occupation
And then his family
May you all carry on in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ
We were old-time friends
Thank you for thinking of asking me to conduct the funeral
I did for your grandma
Mr. Seah Eng Tuck
Apologies that I am not able to be present for the funeral
Amy, we admire your love and sacrifice for William
Thank God for sustaining you right to the end
It is simply the grace of God
Pastor and Mrs Philip Heng (Via Whatsapp chat from USA, posted by Colin Seah)"
"Our remembrance: William is a man who has great faith in God to face life challenges and hard circumstances, we will always remember him. Immanuel."
"Uncle has been a blessing and pillar of strength for Karen and me over the many many years that we have known him and Amy. Although Karen and I will recall with fondness our time with him and keep him in our thoughts, we will miss him.
I believe that our world is a little less bright and a little less warm with Uncle William's passing."
"I will always remember Elder Seah as a godly man with strong faith and having a huge love for God's word. The impromptu scipture memorization quizes that he springs on me always put me to shame and I always stand in awe at His love for the word of God.
I will gladly remember the times when I hitch a ride from him to go to Tengah every Lord's day to attend the worship services as well as the Explorer Bible Class. The life experiences that he shares in the bible study classes often makes the class so lively and interesting.
I feel 2 Tim 4:7-8 applies so aptly to Elder Seah. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.." 2Ti 4:7-8
Elder Seah is now more alive than any of us for He has started his eternal life in the presence of God while we are approaching our death.
May the Word of God bless the hearts of the Seahs.
Leong Chee Meng"
"Elder Seah has been a source of encouragement to many. To his dear family members and loved ones, stay strong in the Lord."
"I first knew Elder Seah more than 30 years ago when he spoke to the YF at Life BP Church. I remember clearly how he asked us for our photos so that he can pray for us more effectively. I was blessed by Elder Seah for his life testimony and his unwavering love and faith for our Lord Jesus.
We lost touched for many years and last year while I was for some work at NUH, I heard someone calling my name. I turned and it was Elder Seah sitting in wheelchair! He was there for his check up.
He remembered me and my wife Serene after so many years! He also asked about our kids. Though he was sick in the body, his faith in God was stronger than ever. He recited several passages of God's Word to encourage me. Even in his sickness he never fail to administer to God's children. I prayed for him and asked God to protect and preserve him.
Elder Seah was indeed a man after God's own heart. He has touched so many lives and I thank God for the privilege of knowing him and being blessed by him.
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Mathew 5:12
2 Tim 4:7
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.""
"Always cheerful! Glad that our paths crossed 6 years ago."
"I will always remember William as someone who was hugely passionate!
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