PETALING JAYA: One of Klang's better known lawyers, Gerard Lazarus, died peacefully at around 2.30am on Friday (Nov 27) surrounded by family members.
Lazarus, who was much liked for his warmth and friendliness, passed away at the Prince Court Hospital in Ampang. He was 52.
According to friends, Lazarus passed away due to complications arising from cancer treatment.
Lazarus, who was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago, had taken the bull by its horns and sailed through the numerous treatments he had to undergo.
He had also taken on advocacy work related to cancer and was a pillar of strength to many other cancer patients.
The father of two grown-up daughters was also a well-known philanthropist in Klang and was member of the Rotary Club.
His good friend and fellow lawyer, Vikram Singh, said they had “lost a lawyer like no other”.
"He was a fighter. He was a household name in Klang and helped many youths gain a second chance in life.
"He did so without fear or favour till his last breath. Thousands of people owe their freedom to Gerard," he said.
"He was one of the most exciting litigators in court. He was classy and humble yet untouchable," he said, adding that Lazarus was fearless in court and respected by judges and his peers.
He said Lazarus was the poor man's lawyer and when other lawyers turned them away, their last bastion of hope would be Lazarus.
Tributes for Lazarus on his Facebook page were overwhelming, with many stating their respect for and how much they would miss him.
Facebook user Gerard Pinto said he liked being called “Small Gerard” whenever they hung out with other friends, saying this made Lazarus his “big bro”.
Another Facebook user, Tan Chun Tat who chambered under Lazarus, said he would remember the praise and reprimands he received, even in the harshest of manners.
“I miss the moment when you say 'good job son!' I miss the moment when you scolded me in front of the magistrate. I miss everything about you sir,” he said.
Thiran Ran, his friend for 20 years, said Lazarus inspired his daughter to read law, and was now in her final year of her degree.
He also took note of his congeniality, saying: “Whenever I go to his office and return... I will be full of smiles because of his funny stories."
Lazarus was a great friend to journalists and would go out of his way to help them in matters regarding court cases.
A wake will be held for Lazarus at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 28 and 29) between 10am and 5pm.
The funeral service will be held at the same venue at 11am on Monday (Nov 30).
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