A well-known resident of Rushden, in the person of Mr. John Glover Perkins, painter and decorator, of 51, Moor-road, has we regret to say, passed away at the Northampton General Hospital. Mr. Perkins had been suffering for some time from a kidney complaint, and septic poisoning set in. Tuberculosis followed, and the unfortunate gentleman had to undergo an operation about a month ago. Since then his condition had been serious, and his end came peacefully at about eight p.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Perkins, who was 40 years old at the time of his death, was a native of Daventry and both his father and mother came of well-known and highly-respected Daventry families. The deceased’s father, Mr. E. N. Perkins, is still living, and looks hale and hearty, but the mother passed away in April last. Mr. J. G. Perkins was one of eight children (six boys and two girls).
The deceased gentleman had been a resident of Rushden about 18 years. He was a special constable until failing health compelled him to give up the work. He was a staunch member of the Wesleyan Church, Park-road, Rushden, being a member of the choir and other organizations. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn his loss.
The funeral took place yesterday, the service being conducted by the Rev. H. Stanley Southall in the Park-road Wesleyan Church. Mr. Southall also officiated at the cemetery. Mr. T. Swindall undertook the conveyance of the body from Northampton Hospital, and it was brought to Rushden on Wednesday afternoon.
The service at the chapel was very impressive. Miss Rose Peck, the organist, played with feeling the air "O rest in the Lord. " The hymns. "O God, our help in ages past", and "Now the labourer’s task is o’er" were sung, Mr. Southall gave a short address.
The Rushden Good Templars took part in the ceremony at the graveside, Mr. Perkins having been a well respected member of their society.
The chief mourners were Mrs. Perkins (widow), Mr. E. N. Perkins (father), Frances and Gwen (children), Mr. Chas. Perkins (brother), Miss Perkins (sister), Mr. Fred Perkins (brother), Mrs. E. Stuart (sister), Mr. H. J. Perkins (brother), Mrs. C. Perkins, Mrs. F. Perkins, Mrs. H. J. Perkins and Mrs. Wesley Perkins (sisters-in-law), Mrs. Wooding (aunt), Mrs. Parker, Miss Stringer and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Cure (friends).
The coffin was of polished elm with brass fittings, and bore the inscription:-
John Glover Perkins
Died Aug 20th, 1916
Aged 40 years.
The floral tributes were as follows:
From Father, Nellie, Francie and Gwen, with heartfelt love.
In loving memory of Dear Jack, from Charlie and Lorrie, Northampton.
With sincerest sympathy from Ernest and Emily, Doncaster.
To dear Jack, with love from his sister Lizzie, Munsley-on-Sea.
To Jack from Fred and Emily and Family, with sincere and heartfelt sympathy, Northampton.
In loving memory of Bro. J. G. Perkins, from I.O.G.T. members.
With deepest sympathy and in loving memory of Jack, Mr. and Mrs. Y. Wooding and family, Rushden.
In loving memory of Jack, from Aunt Fanny, Uncle George and family, Rushden.
With all kind thoughts of one we loved, Mr. and Mrs. White and Auntie Lizzie, Swineshead.
With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. F. Betts, Rushden.
With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Cure and family, Rushden.
A tribute in remembrance with sincere sympathy from the Park-road Wesleyan Choir, Rushden.
With deep sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Dickens and Lily, Rushden.
With sincere sympathy from Aunt, Uncle and family, Higham Ferrers.
With neighbourly sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Berrill.
A token of respect and deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Bert Robinson, Rushden.
In loving remembrance from Harry and Lizzie, Sutton.
With sympathy from Wesley and Nellie, Cromer.
In affectionate remembrance from Patty and Arthur, London.
Mrs. Perkins and the family wish to return thanks to the many friends for their kind expressions of sympathy.