[From Manx Quarterly, #26, 1921]
Died May 14th, 1921.
Mr T. J. Halsall, clothier, died at his residence, " St. Aubyn," Selborne drive, Douglas, on May 14th. Mr Halsall, though he had been periodically subject to bronchial attacks, had been out and about within the previous week, and the news of his death created a profound sensation throughout the town. Mr Halsall was 64 years old, and was born at Glenaspet, near St. John's. He came to Douglas in 1872, serving his time with the firm of Cannell, Clucas & Moore. Subsequently he set up in business, first of all in partnership with the late Mr Alex. Hough, and afterwards by himself, and he soon became one of the most successful tradesmen in the town. Mr Halsall was a shareholder in various local public companies which cater in one form or another for the requirements of the visiting season. He was also a very regular attender, though not an office-holder, at the Victoria-street Wesleyan Church. He leaves a widow and three daughters; there was one son, who died in infancy.
The funeral took place on Tuesday, May 17th, at the Borough Cemetery, and was attended by a large and representative gathering, wlfuch assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to the deceased. The Rev G. Osborn Gregory conducted the service in the mortuary chapel, and very feelingly performed the least solemn rites at the graveside. The mourners were Miss Halsall, Miss E. Haswell, Messrs R. Christian (Patrick) and S. J. Kaye ; Mr and Mrs R. Callister, Mr Cain, Mr Wilfred Cain, Mr J. T. H. Cottier, and Mr Edward Cottier. Amongst those present were Rev J. Quayle Callister, Canon J. Quine, Rev H. S. Taggart, Rev. Fredk. John, Messrs S. K. Broadbent, J. Boyd, D. Corrin, W. H. Clarke, M. Hampton, E. Quaggin, J. J. Corlett, J. Phillips, S. Creer, Thos. Stowell, W. A. Wail, Wm. Kelly, Geo. Hough, T. W, Kewley (Baldrine), R. H. Collister, A. Christian, R. J. Clague, J. Craine (Laxey), C. Kneen, H. Watterson (Patrick), Councillor Wm. Goldsmith, J. Chalmers, T. E. Fogg, J. Moran, D. McF arlane (Glasgow), J. H. Toothiil, J. Cain, J. Cain (St. John's), P. G. Cannell, Jos. Faragher, W. S. Bignall, H. Callister, R. Clucas, J.P., G. A. Page, E. Corris, T. Hough, J. M. Gibson, W. J Kelly, T. Moore (St. John's), M. J. Quinney, A. H. Tyson, D. Kelly, T. S. Corlett, H.K., Capt. Billott, A. Kitto, J. D. Cowley, S. Alder, M. Lace, J. Bell, W. Shimmin, Inspector Corlett, Geo. W. Morrison, W. Booth, W. G. Qualtrough, T. C. Hinds, Councillors W. Quirk and T. H. Cowin, W. H. Emett, T. Kelly, R. G. Farggher, J. Halsall, Capt. Quine, James Geld, F. Corlett, A. Kermode, C. Cowell, T. Kewley, J. C. Radcliffe, A. Teare, W. G. Lewthwaite, F. Windsor, T. A. Sayle, A. Stead, R. Callister, C. Lace, W. Watterson, and many others. The members of the staff present were Messrs Edw. J. Christian, F. West, T. E. Gelling, J. W. Dawson, Jas. Maddrell, Jno. Cain, J. W. Bell, T. Quaggin, B. Kelly, J. Cowin, H. Kelly, D. Crellin, J. J. Cannell, J. Jordan, T. Cubbon, G. Kermode, and others.
The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs Creer Bros.
Floral tributes were sent from the Family; Mrs J. and S. J. Kaye ; the Misses Lace; the Employees, Victoria-st. ; Mr J. J. Cannell, Laaey ; Mr and Mrs R. Canister; Mr W. Trenbath, jun., Manchester; Mr W. Trenbath, sen., Wallasey ; Mr J. T. H. Cottier and family; the Granville and Athol Hotel Co.; Mrs A. Priestland, Ramsey; Mrs Windsor and family, Tennis-road; Messrs Downing and Co., Leicester ; Messrs J. F. and H. Roberts, Manchester; Mr T. E. Fogg; Mr and Mrs Hulton, Selborne-drive; Mrs Moore, Peel, etc.
Died May 8th, 1921.
We regret to announce the death of Mrs Lynn, the wife of Mr S. W. Lynn, which took place at the Cottage Hospital, Ramsey, on Way Sth. It was the intention of the medical men to have had an operation, but it was found that the patient's case was hopeless, and death supervened. Mrs Lynn was a devoted wife and mother of three sons still living, and conducted with success the large boarding-house called Slieve Donard, on the Mooragh Promenade. She had been unwell for a considerable time, but bore her suffering with great courage and patience, and had the greatest attention and best medical skill.
The funeral took place on May 11th, and was largely attended. Among the mourners present were:-Mx S. W. Lynn (husband), Mr Daniel Coffey Lynn and Mr Percy Broadbent Lynn (sons), Mr Arthur Coffey (brother), Miss Eva and Mss Annie Coffey (nieces), and Mr Wm. Coffey (nephew) ; Mr William Coffey (brother) ; Mr and Mrs Charles Coffey (brother and sister-in-law); Miss Kate Coffey, of Walton, Liverpool (sister) ; Mrs A. Blake, Mrs Thos. Gee, and Mrs John Corlett (sisters) ; Mrs R. H. Stephen, Miss Gertie Cannell, and Miss Elsie Cannell, of Douglas (cousins) ; Mr Stanley Callow and Miss Lily Callow (cousins) ; Mr W. Corkish (nephew); Mr and Mrs Orry Cain (cousins),, of Ramsey House; Mr L. Caine (cousin). Theme were also present at the funermfl Mr and Mrs John Caine, of Glenauldyn ; Mr and Mrs Haddon, of Glenroy, Lonan ; Mr S. K. Broadbent and Miss Faraker, Douglas; Mr E. J. Curphey, H.K., Mr A. H. Teare, H.K., Mr James Bell (Town Clerk), Mr Philip Quayle, Mr Philip Boyde, and many others.-The funeral proceeded to the Waterloo-road Wesleyan Church, where a short service was conducted by the Rev E. C. Palmer, superintendent o,f the Ramsey Wedsyan Circuit. No hymns were sung, out of respect to the wishes of Mr Lynn, but Miss E. Kinrade played on the organ the " Dead March " in " Saul " with great feeling; the procession going on to Lezayre Churchyard, where the final rites were conducted by the Rev E. C. Palmer.
It ought to be mentioned, as showing how much the deceased lady's loss was felt, that most beautiful wreaths were lad on the coffin, sent by the following :husband and boys, Katie, Mr Arthur Coffey and family, Mir Wm. Coffey and familv, Miss Gertie Cannel, Miss Ottie Morrison, Mr Stanley and Miss Lily Callow, Ramsey ; Amy, Robert, and all at St. Olave's, Douglas; Aunt Jane, Uncle Willie Kneale, John and Emily Kneale, Orry and Grace Cain, Charlie and Lizzie Coffey, Mrs Moat, and Tammy Roberts; Mr and Mrs Caine, Glenauldyn, :ill at the Albany, Mooragh Promenade; all at Laureston, Ramsey (Mr and Mrs Kewley and family); Mr and Mrs Irving, Glenauldyn; Mrs and Miss Lancaster, Grove Mount; Mr and Mrs Garrett, Andreas; Miss Corlett, Rochdale House, Ramsey ; Miss Bertha Caley, Strand-street, Ramsey ; Mr James Pizreell amd family, Ramsey;
Mr Lynn, who, as will be known, is the representative of this journal at Ramsey, has received a letter of sympathy from the Ramsey Town Commissioners and from Mr James Bell, their clerk, whleh we reproduce: -
Ramsey, Isle of Man. May 11th, 1921. Dear Mr Lynn,-At the monthly meeting of the Ramsey Town Commissioners, the board learned with deep regret the cause of your absence from the reporter's desk, and I am instructed to convey to you the expression of the board's deep sympathy and condolence in the irreparable loss you have sustained in the death of your dear wife
You have been so long associated with the meetings of the board that the members feel that you are one of themselves, and they share with you the more deeply the sorrow that has come to your home.
May I also add my personal sympathy with you, as one who has passed through the grief of parting with the nearest and best of life's relationships, and that my prayer is that the sweetest consolations of the Gospel of Peace may soothe and bless :on in your sorrow. -I am, yours very faithfully,
JAMES BELL, Clerk.
Died May 4th, 1921
After a long end hopeless illness, Mr Charles T. Cowell, sen., jeweller and watchmaker, of Victoria-street, Douglas, passed away on Wednesday, May 4th. Mr Cowell, who was in his 63rd year, was born at Ballashamrock, near Port Soderick, and he had been in business for himself since 1880. Mr Cowell was best known, in private life, for his enthusiastic devotion to athletic sports, and in particular to that fine exercise of swimming. He was for many years president of the Douglas Swimming Club, and no society could ever have had a titular head who was less inclined to regard himself as merely titular and ornamental; and innumerable regattas, galas, programmes of flat and cycle races, owed much of their success to Mr Cowell's untiring energies. His professional knowledge, too, was often brought into requisition, and he ,held the official positions of timekeeper to this Royal Automobile Club, the Auto-Cycle Union, and the Northern Counties Amateur Swimming Association. Kindly and cheery and conversant with affairs, the deceased gentleman had a host of friends, and his comparatively early, death will be sincereily regretted. He leaves a widow, one son (Mr C. T. Cowell, jun.), and two daughters.
The interment took place on Friday, May 6th, at Kirk Braddan Cemetery. There was a large attendance of mourners and friends.
Died May 12th, 1921.
Mrs Gray, wife of Aldermen D. Gray, of Douglas, passed away on Thursday, May 12th, after a lengthy illness. Mrs Gray was a Miss Sinclair, and was born in London; but forty years ago she came to the Island to be married to Mr Gray at Kirk Braddan, and for a large part of the intervening period she assisted her husband in the management of a pork butcher's shop in Strand-street. In this capacity she became well known to great numbers of visitors to the Island, as well as to the local public, and her cheery, straightforward manner, and her thorough business capacity, gained her the regard and the esteem of all who knew her. She was in all relations of life a good-hearted, likeable soul, and her death has occasioned very genuine regret. In her younger days, she was a vocalist of much acceptability, and later on both she and h.er husband developed a marked talent for diverting, wholesome, comedy entertainment. Alderman Gray and his family have numerous friends, and they will have the sympathy of the entire Douglas public.
The funeral took place on Sunday, May 15th, the interment being in the Borough Cemetery. A large concourse followed the remains to the last resting-place. The chief mourners were Alderman D. Gray (husband), Messrs Alfred, George, Horace, and Bertie Gray (sons), and Mr George Craine(brother-in~law).
Died May 13th, 1921.
Mr S. O'Hanlon, of Kingswood-grove, Douglas, died very suddenly on May 13th. He was 77 years old, and had been. in indifferent health for some time, but has been able to get about. On Friday he was found in a state of collapse on a seat at the top of Crellin's-hill, near his home. Some neighbours carried him home, but he never recovered. He came to the Island about 30 years ago, and was the proprietor of several oyster shops in the town. He was an upright gentleman in character, and a devoted adherent of the Roman Catholic Church. He served for about 20 years on the Douglas Board of Guardians, and was for one year vicechairman. The funeral took place on May 18th, at the Borough Cemetery, after a service in St. Mary's Church, at which the Rev. Dean Crookall officiated. There was a large attendance.
Died May 24th, 1921.
Mr William Quayle, of Ballaspet, Patrick, and formerly of Ba1lamoar in the same parish, died on May 24th, at the advanced age of 86. The deceased gentleman belonged to a well-known Manx family, and he sat in the House of Keys for Glenfaba shedding for practically the whole of twenty years. Elected amid the famous Permit melee of 1897, he retained his seat until the General Election of 1908, when the underwent defeat; but on the resignation, twelve months or so later, of Mr R. B. Quirk, he was preferred to the " Progressive " candidate, Mr T. H. Leece. He resigned in 1918, on account of advancing age and continued illhealth. Uncompromisingly Conservative in his outlook, and very little interested in matters other than those concerned with agriculture, he was one of the rank and file in the House, and never anything more. A brother of his, the late Mr John Quayle, also represented Glenfaba sheading in the House of Keys; and two of his nephews, Mr Lancelot Quayle and Mr Walter O. Quayle, have been prominent figures in public life in the Western side of the Island. He was for some years a member of the Common Lands Board, and took his share of the work of the parochial boards. He spent much of his earlier manhood in Australia. He had four sons and three daughters.
Died May 8th, 1921.
We extract the following from a recent issue of a newspaper published at Hibbing, Minnesota, U.S.A. :
"Charles T. Kelly died at his home at Carson Lake yesterday afternoon, after an illness of three months. He leaves a wife and seven children, Mrs T. Perry, of the Morton location, Allan, Wilfred, George, Harold, Winnifred and William, all of Carson Lake; also three brothers, George at Virginia, and John and Allan in Tasmania, Australia; and two sisters, Mrs W. Watson and Mrs E. Shimmin, of the Isle of Man, England. Mr Kelly has been in the employ of the Leetonia Mining Company for twelve years. Funeral services will be held to-morrow afternoon from the Methodist Church, Rev. Davies officiating."
Mr Charles T. Kelly was a native of the Isle of Man, and lived in the Island for some 45 years.
Died May 30th, 1921.
Mr J. E. Cannell died at his residence, Parliament-st, Ramsey, on May 30th, after a long IIness. He was for about fifty years secretary to the Gas Works Company. The deceased gentleman was of a very quiet and kindly disposition, and he was much respected in the town. He took a very intelligent interest in general and Insular politics and in municipal affairs, but he never made himself felt in a public way. He was a close friend of the late member for Ramsey, Mr W. T. Crennell. Mr John Cannell, who was never married, leaves a brother and sister. He was a brother of Mr Walter Cannell, at one time went of the Isle of Man Bank at Peel. Many years ago Mr Cannel1 acted for a considerable time as secretary to the Ramsey Wesleyan Sundayschool. He was an ardent student of the Manx language, and possessed one of the finest collections in existence of old Manx books and prints.
Died March 27th, 1921.
An American paper has the following:-"Local Transfer Man passes to Great Beyond.William Watterson, aged 40 years, died on Easter Sunday morning after an illness of about few months, during which a trip was made to Mayo Bros.' Hospital at Rochester, Minn., in an effort to gain relief. The funeral service was bold the following Tuesday at the Methodist Church, with Rev Selleck officiating. Interment was in Rivergreen Cemetery, with the Knights of Pythias officiating, under direction of the Palace Undertaking Company. Mr Watterson was very well known here, having been a resident of the district for the past 14 years. He was also one of the owners of the Bisbee Transfer Company. The deceased is survived by his widow and three children, the oldest being 17 years of age. Two brothers, Alfred Corlet, of Akron, O., and Fletcher Corlett, of Rockferry, England also survive. Deceased was brother-in-law to Mr L. Killip, of Mill House, Laxey.
Died June 16th, 1991.
The Rev William Castle Kewish, a native of Ramsey, and a former superintendent of the Ulverston Wesleyan Circuit, passed away on Wednesday, June 15th, at an advanced age, at " Hazel Bank," Arnside. The rev. gentleman, on leaving Ulverston, ministered for one year at Barnard Castle, where he suffered the loss of his wife. On account of his failing health, he became a supernumerary, and for some time had been completely incapacitated through blindness. On his retirement from the ministry, he took up residence in Ramsey, where his sister, the late Miss E. C. Kewish, was then living, but he left that town three or four years ago. Hie amiability and culture made him warmly esteemed among his fellow-townsfolk. He had a particularly ardent admiration for the work of the Manx poet, T. E. Brown, with whom he had enjoyed personal friendship. He has left a daughter, Mrs H. B. Stubbs, Kilner Park, Ulverston.
Mr Kewish, who had served 50 years in the ministry, was 75 years of age. He took an interest in the Barrow Manx Society, and had on several occasions attended the annual gatherings, his wife being a re'ative of the hon. secretary, Mr H. C. F. Lace.
The funeral took place at the Ulverston Cemetery on Friday. The first portion of the burial service was conducted by the Rev Seth Swithenbamk (supt. minister), the Rev T. Norris Roscoe (Arnside), and the Rev F. H. Mills (Dalton), and was taken in the Wesleyan Church. Thin funeral was largely attended. The Barrow Manx Society was represented by Mr Joihm Cleator, ex-president.
The, following appreciation, from this pen of the Rev. Seth Swithenbank, circuit superintendent at Ulverston, where Mr Kewish died, is taken from the current issue of " The Methodist Recorder"
After much suffering and physical darkness from the almost complete loss of sight, during the last months of life, there passed to his reward, in the early lours of June 15th, the Rev. William Castle Kewish. He was born in the Isle of Man, and began to preach when a youth ofseventeen. After a year at Appleby, as a hired local preacher, be was accepted as a candidate for the ministry in 1868, and spent three years at Didsbury College. His first appointment was to Bury ; to be followed by a long list, amongst which were Lancaster (twice), Darlington, Leeds (Brunswick), Sheffield (Carver street), Birkenhead, Blackpool, etc. He finally retired in 1910.
The writer knew him in the Leeds (Brunswick) Circuit in 1886-9. His powerful ministry of that time lingers in the memory. After an interval of twentye.ght years he followed him in the Penrith Circuit. He was still lovingly remembered by the odder members. It has been his privilege to share his confidence in these last days and years. Through all the years he has remained a faithful, devout, and devoted servant of Christ and His Church.
In the days of his strength he was erect, dignified, and soldier-like in his bearing. His nature seemed intolerant of all slovenliness. He had a wellfurnished mind. He read widely and to great profit. But he was essentially a preacher. The pulpit was his throne. He lived for this. One who sat under his later ministry for three years says, " To hear him give out one of his favourite hymns, such as ` Lord of all being, throu'd afar,' was a benediction."
His two sons and wife died before him; one daughter alone remains. These domestic sorrows made him kind and sympathetic to all in trouble.
There was in him, to the very end, a wonderful vein of humour. When he was present laughter and tears were never far away. At what appeared to him grave wrong or injustice he could be crushing in his indignation and condemnation. He was Celtic by race and temperament. He had this race's quick insight into truth and spiritual fervour. He knew the heights of rapture and depths of despondency.
One delights to think most of him as the man of God and minister of Jesus Christ doing whole-heartedly the day's work until the evening. For him the darkness has become the day of God.