THE passing away of Davao Football Association (DFA) president Edward "Chaya" Lam Tuesday due to cancer was a big blow not just to football but to Davao sports community as a whole.
Lam succumbed to brain and lung cancers at 12:45 p.m. at the Metro Davao Medical and Research Center in Davao City. He is survived by wife Meina and two children Mariza Kamille and Kevin. He became president of DFA since 2011 but had long been a staunch supporter of football.
Here's what football enthusiasts have to say about him:
"To be honest medyo makulangan og pakpak (it seems we lack a wing) but we need to step up without our president. Lisod kaayo, kabalo naman ang tanan hantod asa ang iyang mahatag sa football sa Davao. Sa karon wala pa mi sa tono kay nagaluksa paming tanan (It's difficult knowing that he gives so much for Davao football. We are all grieving)" - Albert Ryan "Abing" Lim, DFA board member.
"He is a big loss to Davao football. As a president he is a unifying spirit in the sport. Sustainability is always emphasized especially that there is limited support although football is getting popular. I think this will be his legacy. Even in his trying moments, he checks on the status of our programs. Very insightful and really a loss" - Erwin Protacio, DFA general secretary.
"DFA without Chaya is a big loss. We already lost our hardcore supporters Jose "Sensei" Te and Manong Vic Sai. We really know that he loves football because he spent all his life supporting the players. For all of that he will be remembered. Thank you Boss Chaya" - Reynalyn Ranada Ravanes, Ateneo de Davao football coach.
"Since I started in football sometime in 1993, Mr. Edward Lam was already there. I saw and I can say that he's one of the pillars of DFA. We are what we are right now because of his immeasurable contribution in the association. Thank you very much Chay for your leadership and friendship" - Ramonito "Lalas" Carreon, DFA grassroots development officer.
"The untimely death of Chaya is a big loss to football in Davao as he has been our supporter as far as I can remember. I am extending my condolences to the bereaved family of Chaya. May he rest in peace. He may be gone but will not be forgotten" - Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) executive director.
"A good father, husband and brother in football. He served football well and will be beautifully missed," - Buboy Arrieta, Davao Football Community.
His remains lie in state at Sardinia, Cosmopolitan Funeral Chapel.