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"iT' m "v! w 5 a,r ; n t:th« 1»1« Mr O. CLFooka-JHI brought to Ashburton trom StTXnrlrewa by the exprosß laßt evening, - there being a very large gathering of relatives and friends at the ABhbnrton railway station, inoluding about 40 members of the looal Masonio Lodges, Mr Fookß being a P;M. of the St. John's Lodge* E.G., and also a member of the Boyal Arofo Chapter. The brethren, who wore regalia* (emblems m crape) oarried the coffin from the train to the hearse, and then, forming m advance, the proper offioers bearing the sword and Bible, led the way to the Cemetery, Following the hearse was a mourning ooaoh containing tho near relatives of the deceaaed, and after this came over twenty private carriages and a large gathering of friends on horsebaok or on foot. Altogether folly 15ft personß took their places m the funeral cortege which would indeed have beer* probably four or five times bb numerous had it boon possible to give longer notice, the* deceased being universally reßpeoted and esteemed, mute evidenoe of which was given by the faot that a number of business establishments were closed, and flags were displayed at half-mast at the Somerset and Commercial hotels, and on the roofs of Messrs Friedlander's and D. ThoinaV . stores. Arrived at the Cemetery, the Roy. Mr S&otfc read the solemn offioe of the Ohuroh of England, and the scene at the grave was a very impreßßive and affecting one. The coffin was piled with wreaths, bouquets, and erosseß, alt of white, among them being lovelyCohaplets of white roBBB and of iris, and a most exquißite cross of native elematiß, and after it hadbeen lowered to its resting plaoe, tbe oloßing words of the service were Baid, and the hymn ••Daya and moments quiokly flying" was sung. Tniß done, the benediction waspronounced, and the gathering dispersed, sorrowing for those to whom sorrow haa come to-day, as m this ohequered scene of life, it oomes to all m turn. (We are desired to intimate the regret of Mr Fook's family that owing to Sunday intervening it was impossible to give longer notice of the funeral, and at the same time to express their very deep sense of the roßpeot Bhown to the departed, and of the kindness toward* themselves whioh they have experienced oo all Bides.

At the ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Borough Council, last, evening, when the minutes had been read, The Mayor said that doubtless they were all aware of the sad event wbioh had ooourred, and whiob prevented tbe Town Olerk (MrO. E. Fooksl being present that night. Or Williamson Baid that he thought the» Oouuoil should express their eondolenoa with, their Town Clerk and Engineer m his serioua bereavement. It would bo fitting, then, that they should adjourn. There was, he understood, no pressing busineaß needing transaction, and all that required to be done was to draw a cheque for the pay-sheet. Ha would move, "That the Council expresses " 8 deepest sympathy with the Town Olerk and Engineer m his severe bereavement." Or Friedlander seconded the motion. He was sure every member of the Ooonoil felt the deepest sympathy with their Engineer m the Jobs of his son, and no doubt his Worship the Mayor would undertake to oonvey to Mr Foots, sen*,, their Engineer, the expression of the Council's feeling for him m his crest trouble, ° Or Bird made a brief address expressing • Bympathy with the Olerk. " The motion was then put and carried i unanimously. Or Friedlandor moved that tho Mayor be* requested to forward a copy of the resolution to Mr Fooks, senr. Saoonded by Or MoFarlano and earrieoT unanimously. Or Friedlander then moved ths'i the Council out of rospoot to their . Engineer adjourn till tho date of the dm ordinary mooting. ««o.jr Or Williamson seconded, the motion. He feelingly expressed his sympathy with Mr Fooka, senr, m the death of whose son the town and d.atnot had sustained a great loss! The Mayor made a f ew syWathetio Sn?!-?? f** - Mr Fook8 was VoVedby S a °d Pleasant citizen was never m our SL: *v}L Beamed almoat ««»POBBible to realise that he was gone. The motion for adjournment was then put ana. carried unanimously,, and the QouqqiJi

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THE LATE MR.C. C FOOKS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1983, 30 October 1888

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THE LATE MR.C. C FOOKS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1983, 30 October 1888