John Parker

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Date published: 26/06/2014
© Newbury Weekly News

JOHN PARKER

THE LATE JOHN PARKER

    The death of Mr. John Parker, which occurred on June 14th, at the age of 74, removes one who was all his life associated with the town and trade of Newbury. He succeeded his mother on the old established grocery business in Bartholomew-street, and a large area in the district which he travelled. It used to be his boast before he retired into private life that he was the oldest tradesman in Bartholomew-street.
    Although taking no active part in public life, he was greatly concerned therein. The "bar" over which he presided was at one time the resort of many familiar spirits, who discussed freely and criticised  frankly the doings of those in authority. Members of the council were often among the company, and added their quote to the wit and wisdom. Civic candidatures were initiated and campaigns conducted from this centre of sociability.
At the time of national or local celebrations, Mr. Parker took a leading part, always anxious that his street should be well to the fore. he was associated with the Newbury Horticultural Society, and other institutions which flourished in the younger days of a departed generation. For some time Mr. Parker had been living in retirement in Salisbury-terrace, Craven-road, and his health had gradually declined. His widow survives him.
    The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, the first part of the service conducted at the Parish Church by the Rev. G.S.Deacon. The mourners were Mr. E. Davis and Mr. P.G. Trendall (nephews), Mr. A. Higginton. Among those present at the church were Mrs, F. Davis, Mrs. Griffin, Miss Fielder, Mrs. Cox, Nurse Loveridge, Nurse Bailey, Mr. W. Edmonds, Mr. W.C. Freemantle.
    The interment was at the Newbury Cemetery.
The coffin plate was inscribed
"John Parker
died June 14th, 1923."
    The floral offerings included those from his sorrowing wife: Mary and her children in loving memory of my darling brother from Newm; Mr. and Mrs. Higginton, Woodview, Nailsea; Herbert and Percy: in memory of our dear uncle, Bournemouth; Mr. R. Adey and the Misses Adey; Mr. Butcher; Mrs. C. Coburn.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Camp Hopson and Co. under the direction of Mr. George Wintle.

Newbury Weekly News 21 June 1923

Buried 16 June 1923 Aged 74 Book 1917 page 81 no. 10242
Mrs. P. p. 40 SA1

Maria Louisa Parker died 21 October 1925 aged 79

Sources:Newbury Weekly News 21 June 1923 and Mrs P

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