Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chan Sze Onn, death 3 September 1939, Singapore

Death Of Mr. Chan Sze Onn. Mr Chan Sze Onn, founder of the firm Chan Sze Onn and Company, company secretaries, died in SInggapore yesterday at the age of 50 after a short illness. Second of three brothers well-known in Malaya, Mr Chan was born in Kuala Lumpur in 1889 and was educated at Victoria Institution at which he was a teacher from 1906 to 1908. Coming to Singapore two years later, Mr Chan started business as a secretary to public companies, which led to the foundation of the firm bearing his name. In Sarawak. Eldest of the three brothers is Mr Chan Sze Jin, a member of the Executive Council, while another brother is Mr Chan Sze Pong. They were the sons of Mr Chan Fook Nyan who after leaving China in his boyhood, went to Sarawak and then to Kuala Lumpur where he entered Government service. The Rev. Goh Hood Keng officiated. Among the very large gathering present, which included his brother Mr S. J. Chan, and his family and numerous relatives were, Mr Tay Lian Teck, Mr Chua Boon Hin, Mr Tan Chong Chew, Mr and Mrs Tan Beng Lim, Mr and Mrs Tan Teng Kim, Mr and Mrs Sng Soo Geok, Mr and Mrs T. Leijssius, Mr L W Geddes, Mr John Laycock, Dr A. L. J. Lim, Mr George Marshall, Mr Chew Hock Leong, Mr E W Slight, Mr Gaw Khek Swee and Cheong Koon Hong, Mr C. K. Lee and Mr Jack Lee Keng Tye. Messrs Tan Soo Jin, Yap Pheng Geck, Tan Chin Tuan, Evan Wong, P. A. Bartholomeusz, Ong Hong Kiat, R. J. R. Stracey, Tan Hock San, Lee Kim Puat, Ong Swee Chiang, Ong Peng Hock, Thio Chan Bee, Lee Chim Huck, Goh Soon Ho, Choo Lye Huat and many others. [The Straits Times, 4 September 1939, Page 11]

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