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George Whitley
Born: 7 Feb 1852, Bingley
Died: 15 May 1917
Buried: 19 May 1917
Age: 63
Grave No: D52
Notes: also buried in D52 - Melissa Moore, died 17 March 1931, aged 76 1911 census, George described as a Piece taker in, + wife Melissa, born Keighley, the couple having been married 33 years, no children
With every manifestation of sorrow and respect, the funeral was solemnised at Hirst Wood Cemetery, on Saturday, of Mr George Whitley, late of 19 Airedale Place, Green Lane, one of Shipley and Baildon’s well-known and highly respected figures in musical circles. Mr Whitley had been in failing health for the past two years but the end came somewhat suddenly, following an attack of pleurisy. He was the oldest member of the Baildon Parish Church Choir, having been associated with it for 32 years and on many occasions he deputised for the organist. He was also one of the oldest members of the Shipley Musical Union of which body he was an ex-committeeman and also an ex president. The vicar of Baildon, the Rev A E Sidebotham, and the Baildon Church Choir met the cortege at the gates and headed the procession into the Church where the choir sang a psalm and the hymn “Peace, perfect peace.” After a short service the cortege proceeded to the cemetery followed by the members of the choir and the Shipley Musical Union. Messrs A Holt (secretary of the Musical Union), S Deacon, N Bulland and J Hainsworth acted as bearers. As well as family mourners there were many people from the world of music locally. Among many beautiful floral tributes were wreathes from the work people at Henry Mason’s, the Shipley Musical Union, the Baildon Church Choir and other personal friends. Shipley Times & Express 25 May 1917
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