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Cyril Rhodes Townend & Elizabeth Wetherall of Goole

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From the Goole Times, 7th March 1924:



We regret to record the death which took place at her home, Havelock House, Hook Road, Goole, on Sunday evening of Mrs Cyril Rhodes Townend, wife of Councillor C. R. Townend, chairman of the Finance Committee of the Goole Urban District Council. The deceased lady, who was 35 years of age, had only been ill for a short time and death supervened with tragic suddenness. She leaves, besides her widower, three young children.

The late Mrs Townend was the elder daughter [Elizabeth] of Mr and Mrs Samuel Wetherall, of South Cliff, Bridlington, and formerly of Goole. Of a genial, cheery personality, she had a wide circle of friends in the port. Amongst other activities, she was for some years a most energetic worker at the North Street Wesleyan Church and it is pathetic to note that she was to have presided over the crockery stall at the bazaar now being held under the auspices of the Goole Wesleyan Methodist Circuit. From time to time the late Mrs Townend had lent her efforts to charitable objects in the port and she was a member of the Goole Golf Club.

Mrs Townend's demise cast quite a gloom over the opening ceremonies at the bazaar on Wednesday and sympathetic references were made by the clergy present.

The interment took place at the Goole Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends, the service at the graveside being conducted by the Revs H. Stephenson and R. W. Pickersgill.

Previous to the interment a family service was held at the house conducted by the Rev. H. Stephenson, the Rev. R. W. Pickersgill, and the Rev. Thomas Seaton Davies, of Bridlington, minister of the church at which the deceased lady's parents are worshippers.




From the Goole Times, 19th February 1965:



Interment took place at Goole cemetery on Tuesday of Mr Cyril Rhodes Townend, of The Beeches, Snaith, who died in Goole Bartholemew hospital on Friday. He was 75.

Mr Townend was principal of the firm of accountants in Goole established by his father, the late Mr G. W. Townend. In May last year he retired from the Bench of the Goole-Selby division of magistrates, of which he was its first chairman, after being a magistrate since 1936 and chairman, for many years, of the Snaith Bench.

For three years, from 1924 to 1927, he was chairman of the Goole Urban Council - a period which included the town and port's centenary celebrations in July 1926 - and he served at one time or another as chairman of all the Council's committees, being also a representative of the Humberside Conservancy Board. It was during his membership of the Council that Mr Townend played a large part in the initial proposals for Goole's elevation to borough status, which was granted in 1933, while he also represented the Council at an inquiry in the House of Lords into the scheme to build Boothferry Bridge.

Mr Townend was a former president of the Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Society of Chartered Accountants, and for nine years was chairman of the Goole Board of Hull Savings Bank until his retirement because of ill-health.

He was a founder-member of the Rotary Club of Goole and its president in 1935, and in his younger days he played cricket for Goole Town. For many years he was president of the Snaith and District Cricket League.

Mr Townend leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters.

Interment was preceded by a service at Goole Trinity Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. N. Swinburne.

The cortège was met at the entrance to the church by members of Goole Corporation, led by the Mayor, Alderman R. Jolley, who also read the lesson during the service. With the Mayor were the Town Clerk (Mr P. D. Green), Aldermen G. I. Norman and Mrs J. G. Crawford, Councillors E. Reid-Smith, Mrs P. Thomson, T. E. Addy, and T. A. Jaques.

The Rev. W. M. Myles paid tribute to the life and work for the community of Mr Townend - "a man who enjoyed the esteem of all the people of Goole and district." Organist for the service was Mrs N. Duckels.

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