Real estate ‘legend’ Dennis Wee, 71, dies of cancer; remembered as man of passions, foodie, cyclist

Real estate 'legend' Dennis Wee, 71, dies of cancer; remembered as man of passions, foodie, cyclist

Real estate ace Dennis Wee, who celebrates the Chinese New Year, invites workers and guests to his house and serves them his signature Hokkien mee every Chinese New Year.

Wee, a chef at spirit, who led a recognized profession in the house industry, won the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues with his pleasant, down- to- earth personality.

Following a year-long battle with cancer, the former chairman and founder of the real estate company Dennis Wee Group ( DWG ) passed away on March 3rd, aged 71.

His death was announced by one of his two&nbsp, girls, Daphne, on Instagram.

She wrote:” Our home is deeply saddened to reveal the loss of our famous Dennis Wee, the best father, husband, father, friend and manager where he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at home”.


After working for a friend’s real estate agency for a month and for another six years at ERA Realty, one of the biggest real land people in this country, together with his wife Priska, Wee founded DWG in 1992.

In 2017, DWG&nbsp, merged with another domestic strong PropNex Realty, forming Singapore’s largest real estate agency with a combined income pressure of about 7, 000 team next.

That same year, Wee retired and handed over his company to his only child, Denka.

Things took a bad turn for the firm in December 2017 when it was &nbsp, fined S$ 66, 000 ( US$ 49, 000 ) and banned from transacting or marketing foreign properties&nbsp, for a year for not informing investors of the risks involved in buying two British properties.

It was the largest fine imposed on a house organization by local authorities for breaking rules governing work performed by estate agencies involving unusual properties.


Wee stated in a 2017 discussion with separate consulting company Redbrick Mortgage Advisory that he enjoyed riding in his free time, biking on average three to five times per week.

” People do n’t usually know that I’ve got diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. And I have constriction in my heart and arteries, but all these may be settled through training”, he said next.

He likewise enjoyed chatting up associates while eating hawker food.

Following his pensions, the father of three started” Hokkien Mee Master”, a love initiative and house- based company which he ran out of his household kitchen.

The list for his unique Hokkien mee was occasionally up to four weeks long.


Some who knew Wee paid tribute on Thursday to the person who, they said, touched many people’s lives.

His another daughter, Denise, recalled a word from her parents that shaped her career.

She recalls in a Twitter post that” Talk is cheap” was her father’s favourite saying when I was younger.

” He usually encouraged me to work hard and yearn for self- development. His words have influenced my approach to tasks and my desire to learn.

” These words continue to guide my actions with integrity and a strong work ethic today.

PropNex Realty CEO Ismail Gafoor called&nbsp, Wee an “icon” and “legend” in the local real estate scene.

Mr. Wee took it upon himself to make sure the interests of his employees at DWG were well-served, he said.” Mr. Wee cared deeply about raising the professionalism in the industry.

” His enthusiasm for serving his agents and putting their interests first was a significant factor in the merger between PropNex and DWG in 2017,” he said.

When I first started out in the business, I had known Mr. Wee for more than 28 years and had admired him as a strong and compassionate industry leader.

Mr Lee Sze Teck, who worked at DWG from 2011 to 2013, said Wee was a very friendly and down- to- earth man, who took good care of his staff.

I hear about his passing with a heavy heart. Stay strong, Priska, Denka, Daphne and Denise! “he added.

PropNex’s Cijay Tew praised Wee’s positive, humorous and down- to- earth personality.

He shared his vast experience with us about life and career issues and always wanted the best for us. We benefited greatly from his teachings by simply listening to his personal tales.

This article was first published in TODAY. &nbsp, &nbsp,