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Goole National School Headmaster: Edward Deyes

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From The Goole Times, 17th May 1901:



We regret to announce the death of Mr Edward Deyes, which occurred at quarter-past seven on Tuesday evening at his residence, 13 Mariner's-street. The deceased gentleman, who was in his 62nd year, had been ailing for close upon three years, the disease to which he succumbed being valvular disease of the heart.

Mr Deyes had had a long and honourable connection with the Goole Parish Church and National Schools. For 32 years he occupied the position of headmaster of the boys' department of the last-named institution, resigning his appointment in 1892. At that time an application for a pension was sent by the incumbent of the parish, Rev. W. H. Carr, to the Education Department, signed by every Yorkshire member of Parliament and, although Mr Deyes was strictly ineligible at that time on account of his age, the department graciously granted him a pension of £25 a year, which he has enjoyed ever since.

He was also organist at the Parish Church for twenty-seven years, a position he vacated in 1889, and during the whole of that period he had only been absent from the organ on three occasions, twice on account of illness and on another occasion when a gentleman got a sum of money subscribed and sent him away for a holiday.

During the whole of his life in Goole he has been a member of the Parish Church choir, with which body he was very reluctantly compelled to sever his connection some months back on account of failing health, and he has, ever since then, been several times seen standing at the church doors listening to the music. Seven of his sons have followed in his footsteps and passed through the choir, three of them being members at the present time.

He also for a great number of years acted as parish clerk, and in the course of his duties in this position some thousands of banns of marriage have passed through his hands on their way to the church.

The deceased gentleman also evinced a great deal of interest in connection with the cricket life of the town and in 1887 he was presented with a timepiece by his cricketing friends as an acknowledgment for his services in having acted as umpire for the Goole Cricket Club for 25 years. Before he acted as umpire he was a playing member of the club, but had to give up on account of an injury he sustained whilst engaged in a match.

It is worthy of mention, as instancing the very great affection which he had for the Church, that the last person to whom he spoke before passing away was the Vicar of Goole, whom he requested to read the Commendatory Prayer but half an hour before his death.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon at the Goole Parish Church, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. The funeral procession left the late residence of the deceased shortly after three o'clock, the mourners including Mr G. Deyes (son) and Mrs Deyes, Mr W. M. Deyes (son) and Mrs Deyes, Mr John Deyes (son) and Mrs Deyes, Messrs E. Deyes, D. Deyes, T. Deyes, H. Deyes, J. Deyes (sons), Mrs Tomlinson, Grimsby, and Miss Deyes (daughters), Mr Wm. Deyes (brother) and Mrs Deyes, Mr T. S. Deyes (nephew), Mrs Fred Brunyee, Miss Pollie Williamson, Mr G. Hodgson, Mr P. Atkinson, Mr and Mrs J. Hopley, Mr E. Eyre, Mr G. Gray, Mr and Mrs J. Gooderidge, Mr T. Thompson, Mr W. Stephenson, Messrs J. Bunker, J. Huntingdon, H. Frost, J. Cawthorn, G. Strecker, T. Jackson, J. Law, ? Wiseman, W. Amery, ? Heptonstall, T. Wales, and others.

On arrival at the church a short service was held, the officiating clergymen being Revs W.H. Carr (vicar), D. Richards and J. H. Jennings, the lesson being taken by Rev. J. H. Jennings. The service was choral, there being a large number of past and present members of the Goole Parish Church choir in attendance, and the hymn sung was "Peace, Perfect Peace". As the mourners left the church for the graveside, Mr E. Knowles gave a very fine rendition of the "Dead March in Saul" on the organ.

The committal service was conducted by the Vicar. The coffin, which was of polished oak with brass furnishings and bore the inscription, "Edward Deyes, born 5th April 1839, died 14th May 1901, aged 62," was covered with floral tributes of esteem and regard, among them being wreaths from the members of the family, Capt and Mrs Wake, Mr and Mrs Hopley, old members of the Thursday Cricket Club, the Parish Church Choir, and Mr G. Hodgson.

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