Lye Soon Teo

lye soon teo

July 23, 1946 ~ December 11, 2018

Lye Soon Teo, affectionately called “Tommy”, was born on July 23rd, 1946 in the city-state of Singapore to Taiwanese mother Lee Neo Chew and Singaporean father Kang Tee Teo. Lye Soon grew up in Jalan Taluki in Upper Bukit Timah, Singapore where he had fond memories of living on a farm with his three brothers and five sisters. They were surrounded by numerous mango, pineapple, rambutan, and papaya trees; they even grew and sold a variety of orchid plants. Lye Soon loved the animals on the family farm which included pigs, hens, geese, ducks, dogs, cats and koi fish. His early years were spent at Bukit Panjang Primary School and High School before graduating from Victoria Junior College. He was an avid badminton player, even becoming school captain, and he also loved swimming.

After high school, Lye Soon became the first one in his family to attend college: the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS), where he majored in pure and applied mathematics. During his tenure at NUS, he worked as a math tutor for other NUS students. After graduation, Lye Soon worked at United Overseas Bank, a large local bank in Singapore where he met Rosalind Tan, a bank teller. They were married in 1974. Two years later, their first daughter, Su-Lynn, was born. As soon as Su-Lynn turned a year old, Lye Soon was transferred to New York for his first of many international postings. Their second daughter, Su-Queen, was born in 1981 in New York City. A few years later the family was transferred to Tokyo, Japan and this was followed by the birth of their twins, Su-Ying and Su-Ming. They soon moved back to New York City where Lye Soon remained for most of his life.

Lye Soon worked as a General Manager for United Overseas Bank for 38 years and during his international banking career was posted overseas to New York, Japan, Los Angeles as well as locally in Singapore. He was a dedicated and successful banker who built lasting friendships. Lye Soon and Rosalind lived a happy life and raised four daughters, who inherited his magnanimous dimples. He instilled familial principles and was always grateful for times when the family was all together. His daughters currently reside in close proximity to each other and their mother in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Lye Soon was raised in a Buddhist household where his parents followed the teachings of Taoism and Confucianism. Lye Soon and Rosalind were introduced to Bergen Christian Testimony Church (BCTC) while living in New York by long-time friend, Timothy Teo. Lye Soon accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior on December 28, 1994 at BCTC’s snow camp and was baptized by Pastor Albert Yip.

Lye Soon retired from banking in 2007 and began working part-time as a real estate agent for Furomoto Realty based in Fort Lee, NJ. He spent the majority of his time caring for his four beautiful grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and was a devoted teacher and bible study leader who helped spread the Word of God. Although he lived a humble life as a faithful servant of God, he enjoyed wine and delicious food, and always looked forward to large family dinners and holiday gatherings. He is known for his boisterous karaoke singing voice, his honesty, his love of making people laugh, and his rousing speeches at his daughters' weddings, including giving the longest and loudest "Yum Seng" toasts.

Lye Soon is survived by his wife, Rosalind, daughter Su-Lynn and her husband Steven Chen; daughter Su-Queen; twin daughter, Su-Ying and her husband Kevin Kong, granddaughter Caylee (5) and grandson Bryan (3); twin daughter, Su-Ming and her husband Marc Uy and granddaughters Eva (6) and Sienna (2). In addition, he is survived by his three sisters, one brother, and a very large extended family around the world.

Lye Soon fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past two years. He passed away on December 11, 2018 at 4:05pm surrounded by loved ones. We love the man he was and cherish the memories we had together. Lye Soon has been an encouragement to all of us not just in life, but in death. We miss him greatly but know he is smiling down on us from above with his signature dimples and immense love. May he rest in peace, free of pain and suffering.


Formal Service: December 16, 2018 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti Funeral Directors
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: December 16, 2018 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to the Teo family. We fondly remember Uncle. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

  2. The Moy Family offers condolences to Teo family. We are blessed to have known Lye Soon Teo and his family. We are comforted that he is in Heaven with the Lord and free of pain.

  3. With our deepest sympathy on the loss of Mr. Teo. May he rest in peace.

    From: All staffs at UOB Los Angeles Agency

  4. Dear Auntie Rosalind, Su-Lynn, Su-Queen, Su-Ming & Su-Ying,

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Lye Soon’s passing. He is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know and such a wonderful dad. I treasure the time we had together growing up. One of my favorite memories was playing gin rummy at your downtown apartment with the grownups. Uncle Lye Soon always had his signature smile – I could never tell whether he was about to win or just pulling our legs. We will miss him much until we meet again with Jesus. I am certain the first thing my dad did was invite him to go walking. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  5. It has been our joy, delight and privilege to have met and known Lye Soon, a kind loving husband and father to Ros, Su Lynn, Su Queen, Su Ying, Su Ming and 4 grandchildren. Lye Soon accepting Jesus as Savioir brought the biggest joy in our hearts as we shall meet again. Lye Soon is a very generous man and exults love and winsome manner to all around him. His dedication and devotion to God is also obvious and a great testimony. I shall miss him on earth.

  6. My heartfelt sympathy to Rosalind and family during this sad time. Lye Soon was a helpful and thoughtful friend. He will be missed. May the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 bring comfort and peace…

  7. (Philippians 4:7)
    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.


  8. Hi Ming/ Marc!

    Our condolences to you & your family. We know that your dad in a better place now.

    Take care!

    Gretel/ Walter/ Kate

  9. Lye Soon is a gift from God to the church. His love and concern is genuine and generous. We will miss him dearly.
    Albert Yip and Family

  10. My most deepest and heartfelt condolences to the entire Teo family. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time in your lives.


    Roberto Mendez and Family

  11. I am saddened with the loss of our dear friend Lye Soon who left us sooner than expected. Our two families met soon after we emigrated from Singapore more than 35 years ago & have remained good friends through the years.
    Lye Soon, with his great "dimpled" smile, was always very caring and helpful, whether sharing tips about living overseas or financial advice. My late husband, Eugene, enjoyed discussing business news and later the Bible and Christian living when Lye Soon became a Christian. Lye Soon and Eugene had much in common – both were bankers in Manhattan, devoted fathers of all daughters, and both were eager to share their faith with others. After retirement, Lye Soon moved to Palisades Park, NJ, a neighboring town to Fort Lee where my family has been residing since 1981. Shortly afterwards, he also became my colleague at Furumoto Realty. I am thankful for the many ways that our families crossed paths over the years and will miss him dearly. He enjoyed serving others his friends, clients, and especially his wife Ros, his girls and his grandchildren.

    This past year, Lye Soon showed great strength & peace during his illness and always had a smile when I visited him, at home, hospital or hospice. He told me on several occasions that he is ready for Heaven. I thank God for the promise and comfort that we will meet again.

  12. Lyn Soon has gone ahead to our LORD and I know he will live on in all your hearts forever a wonderful faithful husband, the best dad in the world, the most understanding father in law and a awesome grandpa one one can ever wish for.
    Nothing can erase those joyous blessed time you all spent together.
    “ May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to….” us

    Walking with you all.

  13. Our condolences to Ros and family on your loss. We are truly privileged to have known Lye Soon and enjoyed many outings and gatherings together while in the US. We will remember your kindness and always a loving husband to Ros and caring father to your girls. We were passing through Montserrat and lit a candle at the Chapel.
    We will miss you and your smile will remain in our hearts forever. Fond Memories – The Chows

  14. Dear Rosalind and Family,
    I known what a profound loss this is for you.
    We all miss Lye Soon, every time I met him at Furumoto Realty office meeting, he always had a good smile in his face to greeting me. He was a truly gentleman.
    Now he in God’s hand, wishes him be Rest In Peace forever.

    Kaoru Hsueh

  15. Even though we are far away, we are alongside you remembering Uncle Lye Soon and his inspiring love and strength and are grateful for the memories.
    With love from Hong Kong.

  16. It was an honor to have known such a great person and I will truly miss him.
    May your soul Rest In Peace.

    Yoko Koyanagi

  17. Our deepest condolences to the Teo family. We will miss seeing Mr. Teo at church, always smiling and cheerful. Praying for peace and comfort for the family during this difficult time.

  18. I learned a lot during the funeral and tributes to Mr. Teo. It seems that the man lived a full, virtuous life. I am confident that he is in heaven smiling down upon us.
    My deepest condolences…

  19. I am honoured to pay this tribute to a Dear Uncle…whose kindness and generosity will always be cherished, whose advice and Christian fellowship will always be missed.

    RIP Dearest Uncle Tommy. Your legacy lives on in those whose lives you have touched.

    Susan Sin

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