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FUNERAL AT WELLINGTON. - j [THE PBSSB SpecUl.llMfie*.l WELLINGTON, December 9. . The very high esteem in which Sir John' P. Luke was held -in Wellington was shown by the large attendance at his-funeral service; which was held in' St. Paul's Pi o-Cathjedral'to-day.' v The service was conducted ,by the Bishop of Wellington (the -Rt. Rev. T. H. Sprott), Canon Percival James, and the Rev., G. M. McKe'nzie. The principal mournerß were Lady Luke - (widow), Messrs J. Pearce Luke,H. A. Luke, George Luke, and F. W..Luke (sons), the elder Mr CM.. Luke (brother), and- a number of nephews and nieces and .daughters and sons-in-law. Among those present ■ v/ere Mr A- C. Day (representing his Excellency' the "Governor-General, Lord Bledisloe), Mr > P. D. Thomson, head of the Prime Minister's Department (representing the Rt. Hon. G. W. Forbes, Prime Minister), the; Rt. H6nJ. . G.. Coates. the Hon. D. Jones, Miss M.' Downie, Stewart, Lady Myers (representing Sir Michael Myers, Chief Justice), Messrs R. A. Wright, M.P., W. H. Field, M.P., R. Semple, M:P., . E.-' W, Kane, Clerk of Parliament (representing the Speaker ,of the Legislative Council), Sir Thomas . Sidey, M.L.C., Sir William ' Hall-Jones, M.L.C., Sir Harold Beauehamp, Sir Henry Buckleton, Lady Biickleton, Messrs S. Harcourt and P. Myers (representing the Jewish community), and Mr John Myers (representing* the Wellington Chamber of Commerce); Canon James said it was i not customary to give an address at a funeral f-ervice in that church, but on this occasion he would like to say that the sudden death of Sir John Luke had brought to a close' a long and honour- .. able career in tjiis city and in the Dominion. It was 33 years ago,when Sir John Luke made his first entry into the City Council, and during the years that had "passed"' since then he had taken a notable part in the development'of Greater Wellington. In the* ■ year before the war he was elected Mayor of Wellington,. which position be held for some eight years. During the war, years' he had shown conspicuous capacity, energy, and patriotism. -He had a generous heart"whifch. was moved -to compassion for those in misfortune. He was .alwaysready to help in the relief of suffering and distress. The great congregation present in the Pro-Cathedral was. not only, testimony to: the value of. his -public service, but civic and Parliamentary ; bat it also testified to his humanitarian activities, and to the affectionate personal regard in which -he was held by multitudes in this city and also beyond the bounds of the city. By the > warm kindliness of lhis natttreand his human "sympathy, and : by his zeal in promoting all good movements, he had won themghest regard of all. To' his sorrowing widow and family the most earnest sympathy was extended.

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THE LATE SIR JOHN LUKE., Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 20416, 10 December 1931

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THE LATE SIR JOHN LUKE. Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 20416, 10 December 1931