ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Garret Kwek. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Russell Ong on April 18, 2021
Dear Garret,

It has been about a week since you left us, and it's still so surreal. I always hoped that our paths would cross again some day. Little did I know that things would end up this way. But I truly hope you have found peace.

Before I met you, I had heard many stories from people around camp about this legendary Staff Sergeant who had a nasty reputation, going around scolding and punishing people for the smallest of reasons. I think some people even thought you were crazy (which knowing you, might be something you were proud of haha). It made me so nervous at the time because after basic training course, I definitely did not want another commander breathing down my neck.

But as it turned out, you were one of the nicest and coolest persons I've met in my life. You were funny, generous and full of positive energy. Your smile and laughter were definitely your strongest weapons. You could easily disarm anyone with your witty jokes and charisma. You made my life in army that much more fun and enjoyable, along with everyone else in the MR team. On top of that, I'm sure you brought a lot of joy and laughter to all those around you wherever you went. I will forever be grateful to have known you as a friend.

You also had this strong, glowing aura around you that made you almost invincible, achieving any goal you set your mind to. And that unbreakable mentality made sure you carried out your tasks (whether it be design related or your military duties) to the highest standards, even if it meant putting your own wellbeing to the side. And that is something that also left a huge impression on me, that you could be just as serious when the situation needed you to be.

I initially intended this message to be short and sweet but there are just so many things to say about you, Garret. So many memories and fun times, I'm sure I'm only barely scratching the surface. It hurts that it's too late to tell you all of this in person, but I am still thankful that I not only got to meet you but had the opportunity to work closely with you for a period of my life.

Rest well, brother.

My deepest condolences to your family and loved ones.
Posted by Yudhish Jayakumaran on April 14, 2021
Dear Brother Garret,

As I sit in office and reflect back on whatever happened a couple of days, there's so much I want to say to you but you aren't around to hear me. Everything happened too fast and it has still not sunken in for many of us

We knew one another back in 2009 when we were posted to Military Police Training School for our MP Specialist Course after completion of our BMT. I can still recall the days we shed blood, sweat and tears during training. I wasn't a regular back then and I kept asking you why you decided to sign on so that I could also find a reason and the purpose to do the same. 

After our course days, our paths didn't really cross in terms of the units we were posted to but we always have a hearty chat whenever we bummed into one another in camp or during command events. You were always that Soldier who was firm with your trainees yet so very compassionate. You demanded standards and role modeled them. Something not every Commander is able to do. Most trainees called you a tyrant but after their graduation, they understood the reason behind your actions.

I fondly recalled the short stint we had in MPTS with your favorite MR boys, Russell and Ben. The MR office was a joyful place where we trolled many and laughed out loud, destressing in the middle of a hectic day. I appreciate your kind support for the dance competitions I participated in. You always spoke highly of me brother. Thank you so very much 

When you were in SSP, your fitness amazed me and I was very inspired. When we met again in GS Br during your VA, you were my source of comfort in the midst of everything I was going through. You motivated me and told me not to give up and constantly pushed me to move forward. You were that bunk mate/confidante whom I shared work and personal matters with. I wish you had opened up more to me Brother and I would have done anything to help you out of whatever you were struggling with

WO Garret, you are a Ranger. The most charismatic , fittest, handsome, intelligent and coolest Ranger I have ever known. Death scares all of us and you courageously knocked on its doors. Up till now, I don't know why you took such a decision, but I choose to respect it. I only hope and pray that your find the peace and happiness which you couldn't find here. As I walk around Mowbray Camp, I reminisce our days in Army, with my Rifle and you. Your memories and cheerful smile will stay deeply etched in my heart and mind. I will always be proud of you and its an honour knowing you, Garret

Till we meet on the other side, Rest Easy Buddy

With Lots of Love & Respect,
Yudhish Jayakumaran

Pride.Disciple. Honour
Posted by Michael Chong on April 12, 2021
Garret, I remembered you as a fine soldier and an outstanding leader. You are always positive and trusted even in hard times, and your peers respected that and followed you.

A wonderful person and an outstanding soldier our country has lost. RLTW
Posted by Anbalagan Jayaraman on April 11, 2021
Dear Brother , seen you grow from a young one..words alone can never describe how we feel now...you are special and always will be...rest now in peace...PDH
Posted by Alvin Lin on April 11, 2021
Garret, thanks for the wonderful memories. Always smiling, always laughing at our silly jokes. Whenever I call you to have a nonsensical chat or an important work discussion, you will always listen and try your best to get it done.

If there is an afterlife, may we meet again and continue our friendship. Farewell, my friend.
Posted by Lim Bryan on April 11, 2021
Garret, you have always been the light to my shadow, the strength to my weaknesses. We made such a great team way back since DB days where we were young and foolish, searching our way through this “signed on” life we chose, to being my support fire and my rear guard during our slightly more experienced CP days.

You’ve been there to always help me carry the burden and share the load, that’s why I hate you, I hate that you robbed me of the chance to bear this load with you. I hate that you left too soon and left me to walk the remaining journey without you. When I meet you again, I’m gonna sit you down and you’re gonna endure everything I’m gonna throw at you. I will fill you in on everything you missed. Till I see you again.


Posted by Marcus Sonrisa on April 11, 2021
Garret, thanks for being a brother who can always be counted on. I never forget how we first come across each other during our SPDS Course 10 years ago, follow by Spec Advance Course. I knew it is a start of a wonderful and colourful brotherhood.

Facing each other during parade rehearsal, causing both of us to laugh and almost forgetting what is the next drill.

Never will I forget how I joke with you on Mr coconut waiting for u to come office and how fast u switch your face from training mode to brother mode in a split second. Your Professionalism and commitment is second to none.

Brother, 谢谢你带给我们兄弟们欢乐. We really miss you so much and know you will be watching over us up in the sky.

Till we meet again brother.
Posted by Zhi Hao Chen on April 11, 2021
A fine senior and an even finer soldier. Never fail to perform and puts in the work and effort to guide us to the proper standards. You will be dearly missed.
Posted by Ervin Roe on April 11, 2021
Garret remains a friend who I could rely, trust and count on. He is someone who I had respected greatly in the time I knew him. I admired how he faced every situation and problem with his steely determination, never letting what seemed to be the biggest of obstacles faze him. He made sure to let you know that he always had your back - regardless of the situation.

I hope that you are in a better place now.

Thank you for the laughter, joy, camaraderie and most importantly, for the friendship.
Posted by Jonn Goh on April 11, 2021
You always wanted to be a wallflower. But you are always the sunflower everywhere you go. You just never realised everybody wants a piece of you, and how important you were to many of us.

Your non-chalent professionalism and presence always makes the most difficult moments seemed like nothing, but you always takes everything seriously and with crazy standards.

Your life is a gift to many of us. And I will treasure the memories we shared. Especially the goofy moments when we bumped into each other.

We all know you were always thinking for others wherever you are, and you never once allowed anyone to help you with your stuff.

Now, leave the rest to us, brother. May you be at peace. Until we meet again. Keep your silly smile when I see you again.
一路走好.

Posted by dehong SINGAPORE on April 11, 2021
As a fellow MP brother and a friend, you strike me as an exemplary person doing your very best in all circumstances. It has only been a week since we had a great conversation about your experience in the ranger course.

It shall be etched in my memories and you will be remembered for life. You really have gone too soon bro, rest in peace and 一路走好兄弟. Till we meet again.
Posted by Eugene Song on April 11, 2021
I had worked with Garret for only 6 months but he had left a deep and inspiring impression more than anyone else that I had worked longer. Truthfully, during these few months of working together, I felt that I had learnt from him more than any other guy. Garret is steadfast, discipline and highly motivated and supportive.

Garret is a learner, mentor, excellent team player and a great friend. He is a endless sponge that would like to pick up new skills and knowledges. He is not tired to share meaningful lessons with anyone. He could lead anything but will allow his peers to take the centre stage and support them unwaveringly from behind.

He is always composed, readily to provide concise and well thought through thinking processes and solutions. Not once or twice but always.

Today, my good friend left me but my memories of him and his cheerful smile will always have a place in my heart. God bless your family and love ones.
Posted by MRT C on April 11, 2021
To be able to face the unknown and last through the tough times, all while having that signature smile on your face. That’s something I will always remember you for.

Continue to smile on us from above, while we pray for you and your beautiful family.

Rest In Peace. Till we meet again. RLTW.
Posted by Chun Han Sim on April 11, 2021
Will never forget all your guidance and advice during the SPDS trainer days. You have always been a great mentor and a better friend to us. Will always remember how happy and cheerful you are in the office and doing stupid things with us. Rest in peace WO Garret.
Posted by Kahyong Kong on April 11, 2021
3 days ago, we were still talking and laughing as usual. You were always a happy-go-lucky person. This came all too sudden, I will always remember the moments we shared in ssp. Wish I can hear your off tune 告白气球 again.

You will be missed and remembered, I am sure you are in a better place now. Rest In Peace my brother in arms.
Posted by Samuel De Castro on April 10, 2021
Thank you for the journey as a friend, a mentor, and a well-respected team leader. No words can describe our loss. Your brain works perfectly fine when you told me about your logical flow and steps which is required from the start to the end of a process. I might not have agreed to everything but there isn’t a perfect plan in this world, and we know it.

You have always been a thinker and performed what was required to the best of your ability. Indeed, not many that I have come across will have such strong willpower and sheer determination. Moreover, your charisma within your personality is something unique. Hats off my friend.

I pray that as you completed your earthly journey, you may find eternal peace and happiness that is waiting for you. Take care, my friend. With deepest sympathy to your family.
Posted by Adeline Yuen on April 10, 2021
Thank you for the times where you lent me a listening ear.
Thank you for all the times you were there more than just a colleague but a brother to all.
Thank you for leaving your footprints in my life and for all the memories we have shared.
I wish nothing but the best for you. May you rest in peace and be forever wearing that silly smile on your face. Till we meet again.
Posted by Francis Loke on April 10, 2021
Garret, you are always the easy go lucky person when I ever I see you. You always have the smile on your face just like the one on this photo. Now I am going to miss this whenever I go to your office or back to work.
Hope you will continue your smile up there in your new found home. Rest in peace my dear friend and comrade.
Posted by Melcolm Lek on April 10, 2021
There's never a dull moment with Garret. A reliable and inspiring role model to look up to. Outside the command, I'm grateful to be able to call him a friend. I wholeheartedly believe Garret had lived a fulfilling life with his cheery persona and curiosity for knowledge.

Not sure if Mama Kwek knew, but I remember Garret brought his baby daughter to skateboard together many years ago lol (rest assured he took extra care) This guy has a hidden talent for kick flips!

You will be greatly missed.


Posted by MOHAN Krishnasamy on April 10, 2021
Thank you for all your guidance. I appreciate your friendship and mentorship alot. Rest in peace bro.
Posted by Clint L on April 10, 2021
You were a solid ranger buddy, well-liked and respected. I hope you are in a better place now. May you rest in peace.

RLTW.
Posted by Robert Tan on April 10, 2021
“What would Garret do?” I’ll often ask myself when I meet a bottleneck in Ops planning. Thank you for the mentorship, guidance and friendship. Your laughter will forever be missed, your professionalism will always be remembered.
没办法再教你唱和音了, 你走好.
#team2 #penguin #protect&safeguard
Posted by Yeo Yi on April 10, 2021
know you as a caring, humble and down to earth person. Now that you left T4 without a word. I pray for you and may you Rest in Peace. You will be dearly missed. 一路走好Bro
Posted by Allan Tay on April 10, 2021
Missing the days when we'll scold, slog, whine and laugh together.. gone too soon bro.. forever missed..
Posted by Raj Ray on April 10, 2021
A dedicated trainer when it came to the craft of SPDS. You were firm but never gave up on your trainees. Thank you for the memories and lessons.

Rest In Peace sir
Posted by SE CA on April 10, 2021
Will always remember the times when we were forging the brave. Whatever it was, I believe it should have been real tough to have gotten the tough you. Rest In Peace my comrade. RLTW
Posted by Gary P on April 10, 2021
Good man, good friend, solid ranger.

Till Valhalla; RLTW


*Hope you’re in a better place, in the halls of valhalla, where the brave shall forever live*
Posted by Jun Hao on April 10, 2021
You were a fine man. A jovial and positive soldier even during trying times. May you Rest In Peace brother. #RLTW
Posted by Hui Wen Tan on April 10, 2021
Always remember you as someone who has a positive outlook. Your humbleness despite your achievement is what makes you admirable. Be free and in peace. You will always be remembered.
Posted by Chia Kang Chai on April 10, 2021
Though we only worked in the same unit briefly, I always remember you with your wide grin and can-do attitude.

Rest well bro.. till we meet again.
Posted by Damien Giam on April 10, 2021
I will remember you as one of my finest close protection officer in my time, and will miss your jovial and hardworking attitude at workplace.

Rest in peace, brother, and the Heavens be your everlasting happiness. Till we meet again...
Posted by Fahrul Saaid on April 10, 2021
You were a good men, brother. May you Rest In Peace. #RLTW
Posted by Dee Nathan on April 10, 2021
You will be dearly missed bro. Still remember the times when you were positive and jovial when things were getting tough.
RIP Ranger Garrett
Prayers to you.
Posted by Jerry Goh on April 10, 2021
Take care bro.
Posted by Nicholas Lee on April 10, 2021
Gone too soon, brother. But I hope and pray that you are in a better place now. RLTW.

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Posted by Russell Ong on April 18, 2021
Dear Garret,

It has been about a week since you left us, and it's still so surreal. I always hoped that our paths would cross again some day. Little did I know that things would end up this way. But I truly hope you have found peace.

Before I met you, I had heard many stories from people around camp about this legendary Staff Sergeant who had a nasty reputation, going around scolding and punishing people for the smallest of reasons. I think some people even thought you were crazy (which knowing you, might be something you were proud of haha). It made me so nervous at the time because after basic training course, I definitely did not want another commander breathing down my neck.

But as it turned out, you were one of the nicest and coolest persons I've met in my life. You were funny, generous and full of positive energy. Your smile and laughter were definitely your strongest weapons. You could easily disarm anyone with your witty jokes and charisma. You made my life in army that much more fun and enjoyable, along with everyone else in the MR team. On top of that, I'm sure you brought a lot of joy and laughter to all those around you wherever you went. I will forever be grateful to have known you as a friend.

You also had this strong, glowing aura around you that made you almost invincible, achieving any goal you set your mind to. And that unbreakable mentality made sure you carried out your tasks (whether it be design related or your military duties) to the highest standards, even if it meant putting your own wellbeing to the side. And that is something that also left a huge impression on me, that you could be just as serious when the situation needed you to be.

I initially intended this message to be short and sweet but there are just so many things to say about you, Garret. So many memories and fun times, I'm sure I'm only barely scratching the surface. It hurts that it's too late to tell you all of this in person, but I am still thankful that I not only got to meet you but had the opportunity to work closely with you for a period of my life.

Rest well, brother.

My deepest condolences to your family and loved ones.
Posted by Yudhish Jayakumaran on April 14, 2021
Dear Brother Garret,

As I sit in office and reflect back on whatever happened a couple of days, there's so much I want to say to you but you aren't around to hear me. Everything happened too fast and it has still not sunken in for many of us

We knew one another back in 2009 when we were posted to Military Police Training School for our MP Specialist Course after completion of our BMT. I can still recall the days we shed blood, sweat and tears during training. I wasn't a regular back then and I kept asking you why you decided to sign on so that I could also find a reason and the purpose to do the same. 

After our course days, our paths didn't really cross in terms of the units we were posted to but we always have a hearty chat whenever we bummed into one another in camp or during command events. You were always that Soldier who was firm with your trainees yet so very compassionate. You demanded standards and role modeled them. Something not every Commander is able to do. Most trainees called you a tyrant but after their graduation, they understood the reason behind your actions.

I fondly recalled the short stint we had in MPTS with your favorite MR boys, Russell and Ben. The MR office was a joyful place where we trolled many and laughed out loud, destressing in the middle of a hectic day. I appreciate your kind support for the dance competitions I participated in. You always spoke highly of me brother. Thank you so very much 

When you were in SSP, your fitness amazed me and I was very inspired. When we met again in GS Br during your VA, you were my source of comfort in the midst of everything I was going through. You motivated me and told me not to give up and constantly pushed me to move forward. You were that bunk mate/confidante whom I shared work and personal matters with. I wish you had opened up more to me Brother and I would have done anything to help you out of whatever you were struggling with

WO Garret, you are a Ranger. The most charismatic , fittest, handsome, intelligent and coolest Ranger I have ever known. Death scares all of us and you courageously knocked on its doors. Up till now, I don't know why you took such a decision, but I choose to respect it. I only hope and pray that your find the peace and happiness which you couldn't find here. As I walk around Mowbray Camp, I reminisce our days in Army, with my Rifle and you. Your memories and cheerful smile will stay deeply etched in my heart and mind. I will always be proud of you and its an honour knowing you, Garret

Till we meet on the other side, Rest Easy Buddy

With Lots of Love & Respect,
Yudhish Jayakumaran

Pride.Disciple. Honour
Posted by Michael Chong on April 12, 2021
Garret, I remembered you as a fine soldier and an outstanding leader. You are always positive and trusted even in hard times, and your peers respected that and followed you.

A wonderful person and an outstanding soldier our country has lost. RLTW
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A Selfless Leader Part II

Shared by C Chan on April 13, 2021
I remembered I was shadowing you during your appointment because you were from a different place hence it’s understandable that some things you might not be familiar with. 
To be honest I thought you were like the rest that I shadowed, do as per what you are told and life goes on. Apparently I was wrong, you were really different. You were inspiring everyone, running up and down, to keep pushing even though you were really tired, panting and struggling. Yet you still reminded everyone to check on themselves even though it was annoying but that was the right thing to do. You had fighting spirit, esprit de corp and honourable yet humble. After your appointment, you came up to thank me for guiding you through. 
I told you before a quote and I’m telling your love ones now “Only a life live for others is worth living”. You have clearly shown that to the whole detachment that you put everyone else before you. You have my deepest respect!! 
RLTW

A Selfless Leader

Shared by D Hou on April 12, 2021
I remembered that occasion when you were assigned as the appointment holder; leading your team for an exercise. Throughout the whole event, your team and you demonstrated tremendous teamwork to achieve seamless success in the mission allocated to your team.

However, one of your team members misplaced an equipment during the movement phase. Even though the piece of equipment was found, a mistake is still a mistake. The instructors stood firmed, wanting to punish the whole team even after a tremendous mission. You stood up and told the instructors that it was your fault as an appointment holder for not ensuring all equipment were accounted properly, as part of the deal before the mission began.

The instructors agreed and punished you for thirty minutes; you did not cry a single sorrow or expressed any hardship. Your heartfelt actions touched not only your team and also the instructors watching the whole scene. 

For those who knew Garret as a friend, colleague or love ones, I believed there were similar occasions where our dear friend had been kind and altruistic to everyone...
RIP