Tjeng Giok Tan
19 May, 1923 – 14 April, 2021
Tjeng Giok Tan May 19, 1923 - April 14, 2021
Tjeng Giok passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 14 in his 98th year.
He will be joining his beloved wife of over 60 years Kim Lan, son Hin (Carlo), and siblings Leo Tjeng Thai, Tjeng Khe, Tjeng Sek and Tjeng Swan.
He will be lovingly missed by his daughters Ing (John) and Suzy; fondly remembered by his grandchildren Elizabeth (Jeremy) and Sean. He was a proud Great-Opa to Espen and Emery.
He graduated as a Chemical Engineer, and worked the majority of his life in the pharmaceutical industry. He was a faithful and dedicated member of the Presbyterian church for all of his adult life. He lived a long and fulfilling life: travelling around the world, playing golf, and especially in his later life, enjoying listening and playing many musical instruments (harmonica and clarinet among others). He was uniquely thoughtful, generous and kind.
A private service and cremation will be held. A celebration of Tjeng Giok’s life will be held at a future date. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Willowdale Presbyterian Church.
- Willowdale Presbyterian Church
Private Family Gathering
Wednesday, 21 April , 2021
Tjeng Giok Tan
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8 May 2021
Although we've only know him for a short moment. Oh how we can feel that he has a lovely soul.
Mr Tan, loves to play his instruments and we can see how happy he was when he played them. It was such a beautiful moment when we heard him played his clarinet and harmonica.
It was a blessing to know him. He was a very kind and talented person. He will be missed.
25 April 2021
Dear Ing and Suzy,
We remember oom Tjeng Giok as the most friendly, kind oom/brother in law. So many memories we share, laughter, singing Dutch songs.
We will miss him dearly. Our most sincere condolences to you all,
Lots of love,
Oom Tiong An and tante Swanny, King Han, Su Yin, Piet-Hein, Lennard, Sarah and Cecile.
Madelyn & Hal Rutledge
23 April 2021
Dear Ing, John, Suzy and family
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Eng Hian Tan
19 April 2021
Dear Ing and Suzy,
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a special person whom I respected highly. He was my prof in the late 1950’s, he was a widely learned person, and to me he was a source of wisdom. We reconnected at the Senior Fellowship in the late 2000’s, where I learned about his love of music. He had a tremendous repertoire of a variety of old songs that he could readily play on his harmonica. On the occasion of your mom’s funeral, your dad and I agreed to play Serenade by Toselli on our harmonicas, unbeknownst to me that it was one of your mom’s favorites. Your dad was overcome by emotion towards the end of the song, and I had to finish it alone. A fond memory of your dad and your mom. At the Senior Fellowship, your dad and I frequently played old songs of the forties and fifties on our harmonicas which the seniors appreciated by singing along in reminiscence of the old times, including the popular Dutch and South African songs, and the lively German and British student songs. I had the chance of knowing Teng Hin more closely as he accompanied your dad to Senior Fellowship meetings, and of seeing Teng Hin off at his funeral. Jayne and I, along with Alwin and Sinta used to visit your dad at the condo with food prepared by the Senior Fellowship members, and we found opportunities to play harmonica again with your dad while the rest sang along. Beautiful and memorable occasions as we saw your dad’s face brighten up.
Ing and Suzy, whereas we have only met briefly in happier occasions such as your Mom and Dad’s Wedding Anniversaries, we felt some sense of kinship through your mom and dad. I can almost feel the burden in your hearts at this time of sorrow, especially as I too, have just lost Jayne a month ago. She passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, but peacefully, in her sleep.
Eng Hian (TAN)
18 April 2021
I was sad when I received the news of his passing from my cousin, Ing. At the same time, I was honored to know Sakuh (that's what we call him in our Chinese Hokkien dialect for the third elder brother of my mother) in person, especially for the past 20+ years.
He gives me a long-lasting impression on how to be a Godly husband, father, uncle, and more importantly, to be the faithful and obedient son of God. Until his old age, he still worships Jesus. He also brought me to his church near his apartment though he is not mobile anymore.
I thank God for giving me such a role model. I shared many of his examples with my children. God will continue to bless his children and their children's children with good health, Godly wisdom and knowledge, and joy.
I hope the fruits of his love to God and others will open the spiritual eyes, minds, and hearts of those who know him to grow closer to Jesus so we could reunite with him in the eternal place Jesus has prepared for us. It is all up to us.
Let us finish well as a person who always after God's heart like what Mr. Tan Tjeng Giok, my Sakuh, has tried to show it to all of us.
18 April 2021
My sincere condolences to Mr. Tan's loving family and friends. Although I didn't have the good fortune to claim Mr. Tan among my circle of friends, I felt I knew him from the many stories I heard about him from his devoted son, Hin. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.