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OBITUARY.

— « MR H. R. WEBB. Regret wUI be felt l>y a large circle of friends at the news of the death of Mr Henry Richard Webb, P.R.M.S., whaeh took place' rather unexpectedly at Us residence, Merivale, last evening. Mr Webb had been ailin^ for some months, but was able to be present at the manoeuvres of the Imperial troops in Hagley Park last Friday, and on the following day he attended the funeral of the late Dean Jacobs. He was suffering froon gastritis, and after his exertions of the previous two days he had a relapse on Sunday morning, and he gradually became worse until he died last evening, at the age of seventy-two years. Mr Webb was bom in Sydney, and was educated at the College there. At an early • age he took a position in a business office, and later on became the head of the firm ol Messrs Ferguson, Webb and Co. In 1851 he visited Auckland, and in 1868 he returned to New Zealand, where, for several years, ho was .manager of Peacock's Wharf. In 1880 he was appointed manager of the Permanent Investment Association of Canterbury, a position which he held for over ten years until he retired. He was at one time a member of the Provincial Council, and was the Provincial Secretary when the Provinces were abolished. From 1873 until 1875 he was member for Lyttelton in the House of Representatives, but wa9 displaced by Mr H. P. Murray-Aynsley, who beat him by one vote. Mr Webb always manifested a lively m-tei-est m any movement for the advancement of the province, and since his retirement from business has devoted his time exclusively to his duties as member of several local bodies. He always took great interest in educational affairs, and was for some years * member of the North Canterbury Beard of Education, of which lie also held the ofliee of chairman. For eighteen years he was one- of the School Commissioners for Canterbury. He had been a member of the Canterbury College Board of Governors fiJiu its inception, and held the ohaiTinanship continuously from 1894 up to the time of his death. Mr Webb was; a leading member of the Anglican Church, and! has been for many years a member of the Christchurch Synod and of tliß Diocesan Standing Committee. He was a, great lover of flowers, and made a study of botany, and held the position of chapman of the Christchurch Horticultural Society, of which he was an enthusiastic meni.bfr. ■Mr Webb -leaves a- widow and a family of seven sons, and two daughters to mourn their loss. The Cathedral bells were- tolled this morning, and many flags in the city were at half-mast out of respect to his memory. The funeral will take place at the Papamu Cemetery at 3.30 p.m. to-morrow.

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OBITUARY., Star, Issue 7022, 12 February 1901

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OBITUARY. Star, Issue 7022, 12 February 1901

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