Tan Cheng Kiat ( 陳清吉) is the managing partner of Hoe Thong and Kim Lam Co. Ltd. The companies are importers & exporters of produce, rubber, marine products, general merchants and commission agents. He has also a Bricks and Tile Works at 632, Aljunied Road under the business of Kim Lam Co. Ltd. Kim Lam Co. Ltd in the late 50s and early 60s went into the property business and sold terrace houses in Quemoy Park (off Paya Lebar). You can read about his early years from here.
|Tan Cheng Kiat (source: 颖川公所 16th anniversary book )|
Hoe Thong and Kim Lam Co. Ltd at 38 Telok Ayer Street
Fortunately with contributions from the descendants of Tan Cheng Kiat, you can see a picture of him in front of his office at 38 Telok Ayer Street with the Hoe Thong and Kim Lam Co. Ltd signboards, visible.
|Tan Cheng Kiat in front of his company signs (Hoe Thong) and (Kim Lam Co. Ltd)|
at 38 Telok Ayer Street
(photo courtesy of Jason Tan)
|Hoe Thong |
|Kim Lam Co. Ltd in 1964|
Tan Cheng Kiat was the Honorary Chairman of Eng Chuan Kong Soh (颖川公所). Tan Cheng Kiat found time to also officiate weddings and there was a nice article of him sitting in the middle taking a picture with 19 of the 27 married couples at a mass wedding held at the Hokkien Huay Kuan premises in September 1958.
|Tan Cheng Kiat officiating a mass wedding|
Tan Cheng Kiat passed away at the age of 78 on 12th August 1966. His wife Madam Chua Woo Neo passed away earlier at the age of 59 on 27th August 1955. I only have the picture of the funeral cortege of Mr. Tan Cheng Kiat to share and many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren can be seen in attendance. From the newspaper article, Tan Cheng Kiat was listed as 82 when he passed away on 12th August 1966 at 11:35 pm at his home at 341 Upper Paya Lebar Road. He leaves behind a wife, 6 sons; Tan Sek Kay, Tan Seck Khoon, Tan Seck Hock, Tan Seck Chuan, Tan Seck Poei and Tan Seck Thiam and 7 daughters-in-law, 5 daughters, 4 sons-in-law and many grand and great grandchildren. The funeral to Bukit Brown will take place on Sunday, 21st August at 1:30pm.
|Funeral entourage for Mr. Tan Cheng Kiat (photo courtesy of Jason Tan)|
|Funeral of the late Tan Cheng Kiat (photo courtesy of Jason Tan)|
6 sons; Tan Sek Kay, Tan Seck Khoon, Tan Seck Hock, Tan Seck Chuan, Tan Seck Poei and Tan Seck Thiam and 7 daughters-in-law, 5 daughters, 4 sons-in-law and many grand and great grandchildren. On the exhumed tomb of Mr. Mrs. Tan Cheng Kiat, the names of their children and grandchildren are listed there. If you are able to translate them, do leave a comment below.
|Tan Cheng Kiat and family (photo courtesy of Jason Tan)|
|Tan Seck Kay and Tan Seck Khoon in picture (photo courtesy of Jason Tan)|
|Names of children and grandchildren of Mr and Mrs Tan Cheng Kiat|
|Tomb of Mrs.Tan Cheng Kiat|
|Tomb of Mr and Mrs. Tan Cheng Kiat today |
|Kim Lam brick|
ReferencesWedding Bells for 21. (1958, September 29). The Sigapore Free Press, page 16
Obituary.(1966, August 15). 星洲日報, 15 August 1966, page 14. Accessed from NewspaperSG
Mass wedding. (1958, September 29). 南洋商报, page 6. Accessed from NewspaperSG
Advertisement. (1964, January 25). The Straits Times, page 19.Accessed from NewspaperSG