Sunday, March 17, 2019

Madam Ang Chwee Neo nee Mrs Kee Yew Chye (Bukit Brown)

Madam Ang Chwee Neo's (Mrs. Kee Yew Chye) tomb caught my attention, as inscribed on the tomb are the words; In loving memory of Madam Ang Chwee Neo, age 28 years who passed away 30.3.1936. Leaves behind her beloved husband, Kee Yew Chye and her only daughter Kee Swan Neo (age 3 years) "Gone not forgotten". I was able to find the corresponding obituary notice which also gives insight that her husband was Mr. Kee Yew Chye of the Asiatic Petroleum Co. (S.S) Ltd. Pulau Bukom. Madam Ang Chwee Neo passed away at the General Hospital and the funeral cortege left from No 26-H Everton Road to Bukit Brown Hill 4 A, plot 185.
Madam Ang Chwee Neo 

Obituary notice of Madam Ang Chwee Neo
(source: NewspaperSG)

Mr. Kee Yew Chye

A Straits-born Chinese, Kee Yew Chye was a employee of the Asiatic Petroleum Co. Straits Settlement, and held appointments in various unions and clubs such as the Bukom Clerk Club, Bukom, Chinese Sports Club, Boustead Union (Singapore Business Houses Employees Union, Union Benevolent Society. In July 1937, Mr. Kee Yew Chye remarried to Miss Tan Choo Neo (daughter of Mr and Mrs Tan Boon Chuan) and their wedding picture (after their marriage at the Chinese Consulate) was featured in the Malaya Tribune.

Mr and Mrs Kee Yew Chye (source: NewspaperSG) 
Mr. Kee Yew Chye passed away at the age of 76 on 21st July 1983. In his obituary notice are the names of  his 4 sons (Richard Kee Chin Hin, Dr. Freddie Kee Chin Bong, Dr. Patrick Kee Chin Wah, Robert Kee Chin Swee), 2 daughters ( Rosalind Kee Swan Neo, Katherine Kee Guat Beng), 4 daughter-in-laws ( Marjorie Chu Ching Hsi, Eunice Chan Chye Tin, Mary Goh Liat Khoon) , 2 son-in-laws (Dr. Tow Siang Yeow, William Guoh Chin Nguong) 15 grandchildren.

Obituary notice of Mr. Kee Yew Chye
(source: NewspaperSG)
If you recalled, Kee Swan Neo is the name mentioned at Madam Ang Chwee Neo's tomb at Bukit Brown. Rosalind Kee Swan Neo married Dr Tow Siang Yeow and from what i can gather had, 1 son; Anthony Tow Shen Nen and 3 daughters; Julie Tow Li Chen, Eileen Tow Li Min and Grace Tow Li Hui. 

Beautiful decorative tiles on Madam Ang Chwee Neo's tomb

[research on-going]


Domestic Occcurrences. (1936, April 2). Malaya Tribune, page 10
Topic of the Day. (1936, March 31). Malaya Tribune, page 10
Pulau Bukom People Wed in Singapore. (1937, July 18). Malaya Tribune, page 24
Untitled. (1983, July 22). The Straits Times, page 43
Pulau Bukom. Infopedia.
People of Pulau Bukom. Island Nation Sg.

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