Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tan Kheam Keat (Tan Kheam Kiat, Tan Khiam Keat), death 22 June 1925, Singapore

Death. Tan. Mr. Tan Kheam Keat, ad his residence, No 92-8 Neil Road on Monday June 22, 1925, of apoplexy, aged 54. He leaves a widow, three sons (Tan Chong Kew, Chong Han and Chong Tee), three daughters, two sons-in-law (Messrs Neoh Say Eng and Lim Mah Seang) and eight grandchildren to mourn his loss. Funeral on Sunday, June 28, at 10 a.m. to Bulit Brown. Penang and F.M.S. papers please copy. [The Straits Times, 23 June 1925, Page 8]

MATTERS CHINESE. THE LATE MR. TAN KHEAM KEAT. It is with regret we record the untimely, death of Mr. Tan Kheam Keat at the age of 54, at his residence, 92-8, Neil Road, on Monday evening at about 9.30. This news will no doubt be receired with surprise, particularly so as the deceased had been keepingg apparently in good health whilst attending to his business. For slightly over a year, the deceased had been suffering from apoplexy, and Dr, Elder, before going on leave, had been attending him. Subsequent relapses were treated by Sir David Galloway, but the last one culminated in death from cerebral apoplexy. The deceased was born in Penang but came to Singapore in 1902 and joined his brother, the late Mr. Tan Kheam Hock, who had been carrying on the business of labourr contractor to the Singapore Harbour Board. Both the deceased were well-known in the business circles of Singapore and elsewhere, and widespread sorrow will be felt. On the death of the late Mr. Tan Kheam Hock, the deceased was in sole charge of the business, and managed it with his son-in-law, Mr Lim Mah Seang, up to the time of his death. He was also interested in the Eastern Mining and Rubber Company Ltd., of which he was the Director at the commencement, but resigned his Directorship at a later date. He was the Chairman of the New Lee Jin Estates Ltd., of which Messrs Chia Cheng Jin and Company were Secretaries and was also interested in Chop Sin Ban Ho Hin, general merchants, Kuala Lumpur. The high esteem in which he was held by those with whom he came in contact easily testified to his popularity and genial disposition. The deceased being of a quiet nature only associated himself with the Hoe Kee Club, where he sometimes visited. He leaves a widow, three sons, of whom Mr Tan Chong Kew is the eldest, three daughters, two sons-in-law, eight great grand-children to mourn his loss. The funeral will take place on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, the 28th instant and the cortege will leave for the Bukit Brown Cemetery. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 24 June 1925, Page 8]

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