Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lim Eng Keng, death 1 February 1892, Singapore

DEATH of Mr. LIM ENG KENG. The New Year festivities  among a large class of the Chinese community were hardly in swing when they received a check in the sad death of Mr Lim Eng Keng, which occurred last night at half past twelve. The deceased towkay had been complaining of trouble with his lungs for several days but with the characteristic dislike of the Chinese to call in medical attendance, neglected to send for a doctor. He was fairly well yesterday, however, and was driving about during the afternoon. About ten o'clock he was taken very ill and died soon after midnight. Dr Galloway being sent for too late to reach him before he expired. Mr Lim Eng Keng was the eldest of the three sons of Lim Lan, his brothers being Eng Wan and Eng Yong. He has been managing partner of the firm of the Lim Lan & Co. for years and in that position, as a Municipal Commissioner and as a Director of the Singapore Insurance Co., and the Singapore Land Co., has been held in great respect as a quiet but earnest representative of the best interests of the Baba class in the Straits. He was 55 years of age and leaves one child and several grand-children. He has been on the Municipal Commission for over three years, and though thoroughly conservative as so many of the Chinese are, in all questions connected with his countrymen, he was able to give much valuable aid to that body. His death leaves another vacancy in the Board, which following so closely on that of Mr Tan Beng Wan may be anticipated to cause some little difficulty to fill. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 1 February 1892, Page 3]

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