MR. H. J. QKEY, M.P.
(BY TELEGRAPH.—PRESS ASSOCIATION.)
NEW PLYMOUTH, This Day, Mr. Henry Okey, M.P., died at seven o'clock this morning, after a brief illness, aged 61.
The late Mr. Henry James Hobbs Okey, M.P. for Taranaki, was born at New Plymouth in 1857, and was educated at a private school at New Plymouth. Mr. Okey followed the business of farming since his youth; but always took an interest in local government, and was chairman of the Franl^ley Road Board, and a member and chairman of the. Taranaki County Council for many years. Owing to his interest in farming pursuits, he was elected vice-president, and subsequently president, of the Taranaki Agricultural and Pastoral Society. In addition, he was a director of the Taranaki Petroleum Company, and was one of the promoters, and at one time a director, of the Moturoa Freezing Works. Mr. Okey was elected M.H.R. for Taranaki at the by-election in May, 1907, in sue- i cession to the late Mr. E. M. Smith. Although he stood as an Independent, his sympathy and support have always ■been given to the Reform Party. He was the chosen candidate of the farmers. Mr. Okey'a father, the late Mr. Edward Okey,'was in business as an ironmonger in New Plymouth for many yeai's. A brother was Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Nelson Okey, well known in military" circles, and once a crack rifle shot, who on one occasion won the New Zealand Champion Belt. Another brother is Mr. Fred Okey, of the firm of Okey and Hollo, ironfounders, who also at one time was prominent in volunteering and shooting. The late Mr. Okey was of a very genial disposition, and was popular among a large number of friends, especially in the Taranaki district.
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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 65, 13 September 1918
OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 65, 13 September 1918
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