Sunday, March 11, 2012

In Memory of Master Vincent Fernandez (Zahari Abdullah)

With deep regret I have to inform the passing of Master Vincent Fernandez (Zahari Abdullah) earlier this evening about 6pm. His body will be at 32, Jalan Limau Perut, Bangsar Park. Funeral will be held before 1pm tomorrow (Monday). May his soul rest in peace.

 Deepest condolences to his wife Hajjah Zabedah (my Bahasa Malaysia teacher), children JJ (Hitz FM DJ), Zabrina (winner of Amazing Race ASIA), Mohd Joshua and Nor Zacky and family members.

We have indeed lost a decidated teacher who moulded thousands of students who passed the corridors of St John Institution and a friend.
Teachers like Master Vincent are a rare breed (read here:

Below is a piece I posted on my blog in 2009 when I attended a reunion organised by the hockey boys of 1974/1975.

Indeed, we are going to miss Master Vincent dearly.
I last met up with him when we, the Class of 1975 Five Arts 3, organised a reunion at Mist Club on Nov 11, 2011 where our Form Teacher, Mr James Gonzales and Mr Kirubakaran were present too.

I have been in touch with Mr Vincent constantly after school and it has always been a pleasure to be in his company each time.
The Class of Five Arts 3 (75') had earlier in June also had a small reunion at Lake Club and Master Vincent was also present.

On Sept 16 (Malaysia Day) - I had invited Master Vincent to team up with Radha Krishnan to form the Ever Green radio Station as part of the dinner programme for the 1st Malaysia Day Ex-International Soccer Veterans dinner at the Olympic Council of Malaysia Arena. I wanted to get the rest of the team of Sports Talk on Sunday like Ronnie Attickson, Chris Syers and Jessie van Riesen, but they could not make it because if prior engagements.
But Master Vincent and Radha were hit among the ex-internationals and officials from soccer, hockey and athletics as they held the show for 45 minutes before dinner with interviews, reminicing good old times and talking about sports as it.

Master Vincent has touched thousands of people and everyone will only have great things to speak about him because he was a great man.

We are indeed going to miss him. May God Bless his soul and he will definitely be remembered forever.


Andrew Gopal said...

Remembered Master Vincent calling me to the Radio in year 2003 for an interview when Khir Toyo wanted to grab UKRC land. Had a good 15 minutes on air programme with Master togather with Jessie, Chris and Ronnie. Rest in peace Sir. A sad day for sports.

Anonymous said...

Rest easy coach...thank u 4 teaching me hardwork & respect...we will meet again someday...and you will still make me run warm up laps...God bless u Sir.

Stephen VH said...

May his soul rest in peace.

We have lost a dedicated coach who are a dying breed.

It was an honor to have known him.

Deepest condolences to his family.