of our oldest residents
The death occurred
in this place on Saturday morning last of Mr. John Collings, at the
age of 80 years, after an illness of about two years.
He was born in
Chatham, Southampshire, England, in 1845, and came to Waterford in
For years he was
engineer for Green Bros. in the old foundry on St. James street, and
later in the new works on Nichol Street, where the Canners are now
Electric Manufacturing Co. took over the plant and he worked there
until it was destroyed by fire, and afterwards was with the Bowlby
Bros. canning factory for years.
As one of our
oldest residents he was held in the highest esteem as a kind father to
a large family who sincerely regret his demise, especially his
daughter, Amelia, who has been his constant companion sin the death of
Mrs. Collings in 1908.
All the family
were present at the funeral. They are Amelia, John of Chicago and
Mrs. W. R. Pratt and daughters and Mrs. H. Kraft of Toledo, Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Mills and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Collings, son
and daughter, of Hamilton.
The funeral was
held from his late residence on Monday afternoon and the interment
took place in Greenwood Cemetery.
The service was
conducted by his pastor, Rev. H. Wilkins, and his remarks could not
help but be appreciated by the family and friends. The pastor's
acquaintanceship with the deceased was very intimate during his
residence here and his reference to the heart to heart talks he had
with him could not help but be assuring and of comfort to the family.
Mr. T. C. Savage
sang two beautiful solos -- "When I Shall Fall Asleep," and
"The Touch of His Hand On Mine."
foral offerings testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was
held and most conspicuous among them were flowers from Chicago friends
whom the deceased had met during visits to that city.