Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tan Jiak Chuan, death 4 January 1909, Singapore

We regret to announce the sudden death, at the age of 51 years, of Mr Tan Jiak Chuan, at his residence, Panglima Prang, River Valley Road, this morning. The deceased gentleman had just returned from Malacca after a change to the hot springs, and was only taken ill on last Wednesday. Dr Galloway, and a council of Singapore's best medical men were called in, but without avail, and he died early this morning suffering from hyperpyrexia. The late Mr Tan Jiak Chuan was the first cousin of the Hon. Tan Jiak Kim, the Chinese representative on the Legislative Council, and was a partner in the firm of Messrs. Kim Seng and Company, Boat Quay. Well-known in Singapore, the deceased was a gentleman of very quiet disposition, and much respected by the Chinese community. He devoted his leisure to the management of Messrs. Kim Seng and Company, thus enabling his cousin, the Hon. Tan Jiak Kim, to give most of his time to public affairs. Mr Tan Jiak Chuan was the only son of the late Mr Tan Beng Gum, who was formerly the President of the Chinese Temple in Malacca, and in whose name he subscribed $3,000 to the S.S. and F.M.S. Government Medical School. He leaves a widow, (wife by second marriage), two sons, Messrs Tan Soo Jin and Tan Soo Guan, and seven daughters by his former wife, to mourn his loss. He will be greatly missed by the family of the late Mr Tan Kim Seng, of which the Hon. Tan Jiak Kim is the head. [The Straits Times, 4 January 1909, Page 7]

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