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One of the largest funerals that has been witnessed at Clifton for many years
was that which took place in the Parish Churchyard on Sunday afternoon, when
the remains of a highly respected young man, Mr Joseph Daniel DIXON, were laid
to rest. Being of a particularly bright and cheerful disposition and
associated with the principal religious and temperance societies in the parish, he
was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. The Bridgefoot Wesleyan
Methodist Choir, of which he had been a valued member, attended at the home and
sang the hymn "Beyond the smiling and the weeping." The Marron Side Tent of
Rechabites, whose members marched in procession, was strongly represented. The
members of the Hope Clifton Lodge of Good Templars, augmented from other
lodges, attended. Deceased having been a teacher in the Wesleyan Methodist Sunday
School, his co-workers and the Sunday scholars likewise marched in procession
to the church. The Rev Wm. ROBERTS, vicar, impressively conducted the
service. Bro Walter LITTLE, secretary, read the last rites of the Rechabites
Society, and bros D.W. ARMSTRONG, T. SMITH, L.T. BARWICK, acted similarly for the
Good Templars at the graveside, the Wesleyan choir sang the favourite hymns of
the deceased, "Jerusalem my happy home," and "Shall we gather at the river."
Bros Joseph CARTER, W.J. LISTER, W. FISHER, John CAMPBELL, jun., L.T. BARWICK,
and Thos. SMITH, of the Rechabite Society, were the bearers. The coffin was
covered with beautiful wreaths, the gifts of friends, and admirers of the
deceased, who was only in his 23rd year. The coffin was of pitch pine, French
polished, with brass mountings, the undertaker being Mr John CARRUTHERS, of
Workington.
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