Alan Engtong Teo was a remarkable man who left an indelible mark on the hearts of those he loved. He was a devoted husband, a doting father, a loyal friend, and a source of inspiration to many. His sudden passing on February 15, 2023 in Wesley Chapel, Florida has left an overwhelming sense of grief in the hearts of those who knew him. Those who knew Alan will remember him as a man of great strength, both in body and spirit. He never shied away from a challenge, and his resilience in the face of adversity was truly inspiring. His positive attitude and his unwavering faith in the power of hard work and perseverance touched the lives of everyone he met.
Alan was born on November 16, 1968, in Bukit Timah, Singapore and from the very beginning, he dedicated his life to his family and to the pursuit of excellence. From a young age, Alan was driven by a fierce determination to succeed. He believed that anything was possible with a plan, and he lived this out every day of his life. He left Singapore to pursue his education in the United States, thousands of miles away from his family and the love of his life, but he knew that he had to make it work. A true romantic at heart, he worked tirelessly to bring his high school sweetheart to his new home. They were determined to make their dreams come true, waiting tables and even running a small Chinese food business from their studio apartment while pursuing their college degrees. Despite these challenges, they never gave up and eventually achieved their goals through their resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit. Alan's financial savviness and hard work paid off and he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in May 1993.
Alan was not only a man of academic excellence, but also a man of physical strength and endurance. He ran over a dozen marathons and participated in many obstacle course races. He was even a 1st Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He instilled the value of physical fitness and healthy eating in his family while also allowing for occasional indulgences. He was an avid reader, traveler, television and movie buff. He enjoyed spending time with his dog Charlie and had a love for Hainanese chicken rice, espresso, and Ferrero Rocher chocolate. After a long day at work, there was nothing he enjoyed more than spending time with his loved ones, watching a movie, and sharing his favorite snacks.
But above all, Alan was a family man. His unwavering love for his family was the center of his life. He shared his wisdom, his kindness, and his infectious enthusiasm for learning with his children, encouraging them to explore new things and to never give up. He taught them to work hard and to play hard, leading by example in all things. When his son struggled to play the violin, he bought another and struggled with him. When his daughter needed someone to rally with, he bought a tennis racket and rallied with her. And when their mother needed help with cooking, he made a cookbook and cooked with her. He was their rock, their confidant, and their hero. Alan’s love for his family knew no bounds.
Alan's passing has left a void in the hearts of those who knew him, but his legacy will live on. He always encouraged those around him to strive for excellence. His love, his wisdom, and his courage will continue to inspire us all. Alan is survived by his wife Callie, his son Ethan, his daughter Phoebe, and his beloved dog Charlie. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his memory will live on in the hearts of those he loved and touched.