Master Noel, as he was popularly known, was the hockey coach at St Michael’s Institution (SMI) whilst teaching there in the ‘70s.
A statement in the SMI blog site described Master Noel as “SMI Hockey Master, Produced world class hockey players from SMI”.
Indeed under the guidance of Master Noel, SMI, in 1972, became the U-16 Champions of Ipoh District followed by Kinta District and subsequently State Champions. Two of his players Foo Keat Seong and Abdul Hadi subsequently played for the country.
On the morning of his funeral, the first order of the morning assembly at SMI was a 1-minute silence for its former teacher. That same afternoon before proceeding to St Michael’s Church, Michaelian students lined up in salute to pay their last respects as the cortege passed by his Alma Mater.
Similarly at the funeral mass, the SMI Military Band was in attendance and rendered the schools anthem and Auld Lang Syne while the school’s Prefects gave a salute before departing from church.
Present at the funeral were several of his loving hockey players such as Foo Keat Seong, Christy Gomez and Rohan Marshall whilst Gerard Raj (Gerry), the school’s first U-16 School Captain, gave the eulogy on his former coach.
Also noted in the assembly were former ACS Hockey Coach, Master Brian Foenander.
Undoubtedly the legacy left behind by Master Noel has gone beyond the boundaries of the school and has contributed greatly to the state and country.