President Sheares Died


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The late President Sheares, GCB (1907 ~ 1981), was the second President of Singapore. Sheares was also the first Chancellor of the National University of Singapore. Sheares was given a State Funeral and buried at Kranji State Cemetery.

Benjamin Henry Sheares was born the second of six children in Singapore to a Eurasian family with an English lineage. His father Edwin H. Sheares, a technical supervisor of the Public Works Department, was born in England and raised in India. Edwin later migrated to Penang and married Singapore-born Lilian Gómez, of Chinese Singaporean and Spanish descent, and had six children Рthe first died in infancy. Life was hard for the Sheares family with the meagre pay that Edwin received from his post.

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