Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mrs. Seow Cheng Poh (Kopi Sua)

While exploring the Hokkien Cemetery off Mount Pleasant Road and Onreat Road colloquially known as "Kopi Sua" i came across a tomb covered with moss and creepers. After cleaning it. i could make out the name: Madam Seow Ho Hung Oi , died 7th October 1962 at the age of 62. On the tomb shoulder are the names of her children and grandchildren:
Sons: Seow Ah Kow, Seow Siew Tee
Daughters: Seow Ah Eng, Seow Ah Lay
Grandchildren: David Tan, Roney Tan. Richard Tan. Rosalind Tan, Evelyn Tan

I am unable to find any information if do a straight search for Madam Seow and her sons. Fortunately, the name of daughter (Seow Ah Lay) and the grandchildren names (David Tan, Roney Tan. Richard Tan. Rosalind Tan, Evelyn Tan) allowed me to find out and deduce via the newspaper archives that Madam Seow Ho Hung Oi is Mrs. Seow Cheng Poh.

Daughter: Seow Ah Lay / Mrs. Tan Chi Kong
Married at the Consulate of Singapore on 18th December 1936, Mr. Tan Chi Kong (son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tan Wi Yan) and Miss Seow Ah Lay alias Sally Seow (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Seow Cheng Poh) . Mr. Robert L.O was the best man.

Maurice Tan Chi Kong passed away on 9 July 1995 at the age of 72 and is survived by his wife Sally Seow Ah Lay, sons; David Tan, Roney Tan, Richard Tan ; daughters; Rosalind Tan, Evelyn Tan (this are the names listed as on the tomb shoulder as grandchildren of Mrs. Seow Cheng Poh nee Madam Seow Ho Hung Oi.

Sally Seow Ah Lay passed away at the age of 84 on 29 December 2005.
Tan Chi Kong and Seow Ah Lay (source: NewspaperSG)

Sally Seow Ah Lay (source: NewspaperSG)

Maurice Tan Chi Kong (source: NewspaperSG)

Weddings. (1937, December 19). The Straits Times, page 8
Death. (1985, July 10). The Straits Times, page 33
Obituary. (2005, December 30). The Straits Times, page 28


James Koh said...

Roney Tan looks familiar.

Rojak Librarian said...

yes you are right. Familiar !

Unknown said...

Thanks Peter. We couldn't find the grave during Cheng Beng last year.