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Herald Malaysia loses its first stringer

MALACCA –  Percy D’Cruz, HERALD’s first stringer and a long-serving stringer of The Star’s Malacca bureau, passed away on 9 March 2017.  Percy, 69, is believed to have been electrocuted at his home at Banda Hilir on Thursday evening.

Theresa Tan, 62, discovered her dead husband when she returned home at about 6:30 pm.

A Malacca police forensics team went to the house on Thursday night to conduct checks.

“We are waiting for the post-mortem report,” said a family friend.

The wake was held at the Chapel of the Assumption at Praya Lane.

The funeral Mass was held at the Church of St Peter at 10 am on Monday, March 13, followed by cremation at the Jelutong Memorial Park.

Percy had been covering church events in Melaka for the HERALD since its inception in 1994. He also assisted those who needed help in putting memorial ads and advertisements in the HERALD.

Hours before he was found dead, he had sent an e-mail to The Star’s Malacca office to complain about damage caused to his home by a flood mitigation project.

Percy was a man with a sense of humour. He was also very accommodating, dedicated to his craft and professional in his coverage.

He will be missed. – Herald Malaysia

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