OBITUARY for GEORGE JOHN FOWELL

Taken from a local newspaper report

With regret we chronicle the death of Mr George John FOWELL, which took place on Friday last at his residence in Ermine Street, Huntingdon. The deceased, who was 58 years of age, had been ill for about a fortnight. He was the son of the late Mr J FOWELL of St Ives and was born at Thetford, Norfolk, on Nov 17th 1842. Mr Fowell lived for a number of years at St Ives and was much respected in the town. In May 1893. Mr Fowell, who was a Liberal in politics was elected on St Ives Town Council at a by-election to fill a vacancy caused bt the removal of Mr MINSON from the district, beating Mr BARTON, the Conservative candidate by 13 votes. He was re-elected at the next November election and again three years later, the latter time without opposition. Mr Fowell did not seek re-election in 1899. He was a Wesleyan and well known in this neighbourhood. He was the founder of the late firm of Messrs Fowell and Son, engineers of St Ives, and removed to Huntingdon two years ago to take the position of the manager of the firm of Messrs Harvey and Williams.

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, (3 December 1900) at the Huntingdon Cemetery. A short service was held in the Chapel at the Cemetery and was concluded at the graveside, the Rev. T S FINN Wesleyan minister officiating. The mourners were Mrs FOWELL, (widow), Ada FOWELL, daughter, Mr and Mrs Alfred FOWELL, son and daughter in law, Miss FOWELL, (sister), Mr and Mrs Stephen OLDMAN, Thetford (brother in law and sister) Mr and Mrs G CROSSLAND, Newark, Mr John WESLEY, Stretham, Mr ELBOURNE, Meldreth, Mr SACASTON, Mr G KIDDLE, Mr F GIDDINGS, Mr E KIDDLE of St Ives, Mr R G REID Thetford etc. and a number of the old hands from St Ives. The coffin was of plain oak and bore the following inscription on the breastplate:

GEORGE JOHN FOWELL

Born November 17, 1842

Died November 30 1900

A number of beautiful floral tributes were left, the inscriptions being as follows:

"In loving memory of our dear Dad from his sorrowing wife and daughter"
"In loving remembrance - Alf and Dora"
"In affectionate remembrance from Joe, Sally and Daisy - until the day break"
"In kind remembrance and much sympathy from Mr and Mrs Elbourne and family"
"In loving sympathy from George and Ellen Crossland and children"
"With deep regret from one who knew his worth A M Butt Dec 3 1900
"Mr and Mrs G F Loney's sincere condolences and deep sympathy - the Grove, Godmanchester"
"With deepest sympathy from Fred B Thackray"
"In kind remembrance and deepest sympathy fro m Sturgeon Bros, Stanton"
"With deepest sympathy from Mr and Mrs W R Phillips 60 Cardigan Road, Headingly, Leeds"

Messrs F B Thackray and Co were the undertakers.

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