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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 8 Dec 2005

Former President Devan Nair dies

 

Source:  Obituary, The Straits Times  8 Dec 2005 (H14)

President, Republic of Singapore

1981 - 1985

Former President C. V. Devan Nair died of heart failure in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada yesterday at 11.30am. He was 82.
Mr Nair served as the 3rd President of Singapore from 1981 to 1985.
"Devan Nair was a true son of Singapore, a patriot and a giant in his time," said an obituary placed by Mr & Mrs Ho See Beng & family in today's edition of The Straits Times.
The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), in a statement, said that "Mr Nair was a close comrade, friend and president to the pioneering generation of trade unionists. His leadership was critical in the tumultuous 1950s and 1960s."
Here are the milestones of his life:

1923

Born in Malacca on 5 August

1949

Started teaching at St Joseph's Institution

1951

Detained in prison by British

1954

Founding member of People's Action Party (PAP)

1956

Detained by British again

1959

Freed from prison

1961

Helped found National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)

1979

Elected MP for Anson

 

Became NTUC President

1981

Became President of Singapore

1985

Resigned as President of Singapore on 29 March

2005

Died on 7 December

Source: The Straits Times 8 Dec 2005

COPY OF PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG'S CONDOLENCE LETTER TO MR JANADAS DEVAN

COPY OF SENIOR MINISTER GOH CHOK TONG'S CONDOLENCE LETTER TO MR JANADAS DEVAN

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