We sincerely regret to record the death, which took place on Saturday evening, of Mr. George Webb, fourth son of the late Mr. Wm. Webb and Mrs. Webb, of Higham Ferrers. The deceased, who was 31 years of age, was a member of the firm of William Webb, saddlers, Rushden and Higham Ferrers, but owing to failing health he had taken no active part in the business for the past two years. About two years ago he married Miss Grace Clark, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark, of Irchester-road, Rushden, since which time he has been a regular attendant at the Wellingborough-road Mission, Rushden, with which place of worship his wife’s relations are associated. Prior to his marriage he attended the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Higham Ferrers. He leaves a widow and an infant son to mourn their loss.
Much sympathy is felt for his family throughout the district, this being the second bereavement they have suffered within five months. Although for many months past Mr. Webb had felt and looked very weak and ill, his wonderful determination kept him going. There were not many days on which he was unable to get out for his walk, and even on Friday last he insisted on leaving his bed. About a month ago he went to Higham to stay with his mother for a short time, in the hope that the change would do him good, but, although for the first week he appeared much better, he became subsequently weaker, and was unable to return home, and on Saturday, about 8 p.m., he passed peacefully away.
The funeral took place on Wednesday at 2.30 in the cemetery at Higham Ferrers, the first portion of the service being conducted in the Wesleyan Methodist Church by the Rev. R. H. Higson, who also officiated at the graveside.
A large number of sympathetic friends witnessed the cortege as it proceeded from the relatives’ home to the Wesleyan Church, where, prior to the service, Mrs. Lamb played in a very touching manner “Blest are the departed” and “The last judgment” (Spohe) and after the service “O rest in the Lord” (Mendelssohn.”) The hymn “Jesu, Lover of my soul” was sung to the tune “Aberystwith.”
The chief mourners include Mrs. George Webb (wife) and Mr. Fred Webb (brother), Mrs. W. Webb (mother) and Mr. C. Clark (father-in-law), Mrs. C. Clark (mother-in-law) and Mr. Frank Webb (brother), Mrs. R. Bayes (sister) and Mr. Chas. Webb (brother), Miss E. Webb (sister and Mr. William Webb (brother), Mrs. Fred Webb (sister-in-law) and Mr. Henry Webb (brother), Mrs. Frank Webb (sister-in-law) and Mrs. William Webb (sister-in-law), Mrs. W. Langschmidt, Leicester (aunt) and Mrs. George Webb, Luton (aunt), Mr. R. Bayes (brother-in-law) and Mr. George Webb, Luton (uncle).
included the following:-
To dear George, from his sorrowing wife and son Dick.
Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling.
In loving memory of a dear son and brother, from mother and family. “After much suffering patiently borne, at rest.”
In loving remembrance, from father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Clark. “In Such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh.”
In affectionate remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Jaques.
A token of sincere sympathy, from uncle and aunt Ella.
With sincere sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Tilley, Rushden.
With deepest sympathy, from Aunt Emma, Uncle Albert, and Miss Nellie.
With deepest sympathy, from Mrs. Lovell and family.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Walker and family, Rushden.
From Uncle George and Aunt Ray and cousins at Luton, in loving memory of dear old George.
With heartfelt sympathy, from aunt, uncle, and cousins at Leicester.
In affectionate remembrance of dear George, from Lizzie and Ralph.
With love and deep sympathy, from Charles and Nellie.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wren.
The coffin was of plain oak with brass fittings and bore the inscription:-
Died Nov. 22. 1913,
Aged 31 years.
The grave was lined with white wool, ivy, and chrysanthemums. The work was done by Mr. W. Parker.
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Fred Parker.
A bell at the Parish Church was tolled during the time of the funeral.
Mrs. George Webb and Mrs. W. Webb and families desire to express their heartfelt thanks for the many expressions of sympathy in their sad bereavement.