Sunday, August 02, 2020

Lim Choo Seng and family (Bukit Brown)

Lim Choo Seng is a son of Mr and Mrs. Lim Kwee Eng. Lim Choo Seng passed away at the age of 33 at No 241 West Coast Road on 3 June 1934. He is survived by his widow, 1 son, 2 daughters, mother, 1 brother and 4 sisters. From the obituary notice and after the rediscovery of Mr and Mrs Lim Choo Seng tomb which was covered with vines, i know that his widow is Madam Kho Teck Neo, his mother is Madam Cheang Cheow Lian Neo nee Mrs. Lim Kwee Eng (daughter of Cheang Hong Lim), his surviving brother is Lim Choo Kiat. I am at the moment unable to decipher the name of his son and 2 daughters.
 
Lim Choo Seng
Lim Choo Seng

Madam Kho Teck Neo passed away on 17th February 1956 at the age of 54. In the newspaper article,  Madam Kho Teck Neo nee Mrs. Lim Choo Seng passed away at General Hospital, leaving behind 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, and  2 grandchildren. The cortege left from 655 Pasir Pajang Road on 19th February for Bukit Brown Cemetery.

Madam Kho Teck Neo
Madam Kho Teck Neo
Children of Lim Choo Seng
The tomb contains the marble name of Mr. Lim Choo Seng and Madam Kho Teck Neo's children. Unfortunately it is broken and i can only make out Lim Tong ? and Lim Peck Cho? Thanks to Raymond Goh, he helped me to decipher the names of the children from the chinese characters on the tomb. The son is Lim Sua Loo, daughters; Lim Tong Choo and Lim Peck Choo.

Father: Lim Kwee Eng
Lim Kwee Eng alias Lim Tiok Chye passed away at the age of 70 at No 9, Mohamed Sultan Road on 17th April 1928. He is survived by his widow, 3 sons, Lim Choo Kiat, Lim Choo Kong and Lim Choo Seng, 4 daughters-in-law, 4 daughters, 4 sons-in-law, Chew Eng Bor, Wee Peow Yong, Wee Beow Chwee and Cheang Thiam Leong, 32 grandchildren, 2 grandsons-in-law, and 1 great grandson. The article says that the burial is at Thomson Road Cemetery.  On an earlier book, Lim Kwee Eng was said to have a family of 3 sons and 6 daughters. The eldest son, Lim Choo Puan predeceased him. The second son, Lim Choo Kiat studied in Foochow and Amoy.
Lim Kwee Eng
Lim Kwee Eng alias Lim Tiok Chye


Mother: Madam Cheang Cheow Lian Neo nee Mrs. Lim Kwee Eng 
When Cheang Hong Lim passed away on 11 February 1893,  he left behind a large amount of property for distribution among his many children. Probate of his will was given to his eldest daughter, Cheang Cheow Lian Neo (Mrs. Lim Kwee Eng) to be trustee in executing his will. It was rare that a woman  during that time to be appointed trustee, especially for the Chinese. Mrs. Lim Kwee Eng nee Cheang Cheow Lian Neo passed away on 12 June 1934 at her residence, The "Anglers Retreat" 7 1/4 mile, Pasir Panjang. She leaves behind 1 son, Mr. Lim Choo Kiat, 3 daughters-in-law, Mrs. Lim Choo Puan, Mrs. Lim Choo Kiat and Mrs Lim Choo Seng, 4 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, Messrs. Wee Peow Yong, Wee Beow Chwee and Cheang Thiam Leong, 38 grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law and 11 great grandchildren. 

241 West Coast Road
241 West Coast Road was listed as the address for Lim Choo Seng. Itwas also the last address listed for his mother, Cheang Cheow Lian Neo. 

Location of tomb 
The tomb was covered with vines, but fortunately we were able to cut a way through after a while to take photos and clear a bit. Mr and Mrs Lim Choo Seng are buried in Hill 3 Section D, plot 1144. Ong Sam Bee's tomb is closeby. 

References
Advertisement.(1934, June 4). The Straits Times, page 10 
Death. (1956, February, 18). The Straits Times, page 6 

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