Muriel Florence Minnie White: Birth: 20 JAN 1896. Death: 17 JAN 1982
Note: N5347 Lived 29 Dover Road, Folkestone, at time of being candidate for Institute of Civil Engineers, 3 Jan 1893.
He was a Freemason. The Temple Lodge erected his gravestone.
JOHN WHITE, son of Mr. Nicholson [sic] White, of Folkestone, was born on the 11th August 1867. After serving articles to the late Mr. AW Conquest, Borough Engineer of Folkestone, he was appointed Assistant Borough Engineer in May, 1889, and was entrusted with the supervision of important drainage and outfall works at Sandgate.
In that capacity he designed and constructed a sea-wall, promenade and gardens on the sea-front, and, under the advice of Mr. James Mansergh, divided the outfall sewers into into high- and low-level systems. His last work was an extension of the Sanatorium, formally opened only one week before his death, which took place on the 22nd October, 1898, from typhoid and peritonitis. Mr White was a man of most amiable disposition and was much esteemed by all with whom he came in contact. He was elected an Associate Member [of ICE] on the 7th February, 1893.
(Obit in Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers v.136 1898-1899 pt.2- Page 362:
He was a son of Mr. Nicholas White, late Accountant to the late Town Clerk of Folkestone. Mr. White leaves a widow and three children, for whom the deepest sympathy is universally locally expressed. The funeral was attended by the Mayor is universally locally expressed. The funeral was attended by the Mayor and Corporation, and the sympathetic allusions of the Rev .
(Proceedings of the Incorporated Association of Municipal and County ... 1899.)
Captain of Folkestone Fire Brigade (gravestone).
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 29 October 1898
SUDDEN DEATH OF THE BOROUGH SURVEYOR.
The death of Mr. John White, the Borough Surveyor and Engineer of Folkestone, has come upon the inhabitants of this town in the nature of a terrible shock. Last Sunday week, the 16th, he took part in the civic procession formed at the Town flail to escort the Archbishop of Canterbury in municipal state to the Parish Church, and our representative sat by his side while taking shorthand notes of the Primate's address. To all outward appearance Mr. White was then in the enjoyment of his usual health, and no one could imagine that he was destined so soon, at the early age of thirty-one years, to close a career which, honourable in the past, had in it the brightest hopes of future distinction. On Monday in last week he was giving evidence in the police-court, and on the Wednesday following he developed a sudden illness. The malady from which he suffered, peritonitis, had gained such hold that on Friday afternoon, as the result of medical consultation, the doctors were unable to offer any hope of his recovery. The end came on Saturday evening, when he passed away to his rest, regretted by all who had known him, and deeply respected by those who had known him most intimately. He leaves a widow and three children of tender years to mourn the bitter loss they have sustained, and it is almost superfluous to add that the sympathy of the whole community for Mrs. White and her little ones is keenly sincere.
The late Mr. John White, who was an Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, was articled to Mr. Conquest, the late Borough Surveyor, and on the death of the latter six years ago, was appointed to the vacant post, his marriage taking place shortly afterwards. In his capacity of Borough Engineer he had the responsibility thrown upon him of carrying out several important works of public improvement. The greatest of these works, perhaps, was the completion of the main sewerage of the town, a scheme which was carried out in the most approved manner. During his tenure of office he designed and carried out some public buildings of importance, such as the new Artisans' Dwellings, the recent extension of the Sanatorium, and the formation of many miles of new roads. It was he who designed and carried out the great improvement of the Marine Gardens off the lower Sandgate-road; also the new lake at Radnor Park, and the formation of the delightful path at the base of the park. During his time, also, the old arch near the Central Station was swept away and the roadway widened as we have it now, though, of course, the work was not designed by him, but by the Engineer to the South-Eastern Railway Company. Year by year the work devolving upon Mr. White grew by leaps and bounds, but he stuck to his duties with a tenacity of purpose that nothing could weaken and with a high sense of duty which never suffered anything to detach him from the cares and responsibilities of his office. As a public official, Mr. White was known for his courteous manner, his gentle disposition, his earnestness in the discharge of public duties, and his desire to avoid friction unless it became imperative to have recourse to legal proceedings.
Another branch of work in which the late Mr. White took an abiding interest was the organization and maintenance of the local Fire brigade, of which he was the head officer. The high standard of efficiency which that brigade has attained to must be largely attributed to the devoted energies with which he threw himself into every department of this work. His name became familiar in many districts outside our own. He was vice-president of the South-Eastern District of the National Fire Brigade Union, and he was made an honorary member of the Sapeurs-Pompiers de la France et d'Algerie, in recognition of the interest he took in the fire-brigade organizations in France.
In his private capacity the late Mr. John White was a true friend, a genial companion, and deeply religious in feeling and sentiment. His loss to the Congregational body in this town is very great, and is lamented most sincerely by people and pastor. In his boyhood he was an attendant at the Sunday school, and from that time to the hour of his death he continued to take the liveliest interest in Sunday school work. As Superintendent of Sunday schools of the denomination, he rendered invaluable service, winning the hearts of the young people, while gaining from year to year the marked appreciation of the heads of families and others interested in the welfare of the young. Everything that Mr. White undertook he carried out with a quiet earnestness that was, in itself, a pre-assurance of success.
The part that he has been privileged to take in the recent expansion of Folkestone has been a prominent one indeed, and one that subjected him to a very severe strain, both mentally and physically. The amount of work he has done in examining building plans alone to ensure their conformity with the bye-laws has been literally enormous. As an engineer he did credit to the great Institute of which he was a member. His technical skill was abundantly vindicated on several occasions, but most notably, perhaps, when his scheme for the drainage system received the full approval of so eminent an expert as Mr. Mansergh, C.E., who had been called in to advise as a specialist. Whether we view his too short career in the light of his professional abilities, or in that of his private life, we are bound to pay to the memory of Mr. White the homage which is always commanded by duty well and faithfully done, and to the sorrowing widow we tender the sympathy and condolence which are universally felt for her in this great and sudden bereavement. The tribute paid to her husband's memory by the Rev. A. J. Palmer on Sunday last, when he broke the sad news to the congregation, was as deserved as it was sincere and eloquent.
EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY.
The genuine esteem and affection in which the deceased Borough Surveyor was deservedly held found expression on the occasion of his funeral, which took place at the beautifully kept Cemetery on Thursday afternoon last, when all classes of the community combined to pay a last tribute of respect to one who had endeared himself in life to all who shared his acquaintance. Long before the appointed time (2.30) the Radnor Park Congregational Church was filled to overflowing, for it was here that the first part of the funeral service was held. On either side of the sacred edifice the Sunday School children with their teachers were seated, and grief - genuine grief - had planted itself on their young faces, for they had lost a zealous Superintendent and a loving friend. In the body of the church were accommodated the Mayor and Corporation of Folkestone, the Worshipful Master and Brethren of the Temple Lodge of Freemasons, the public officials, the Fire Brigade, Mr. Bowles (Surveyor, Sandgate), and representatives of various neighbouring brigades. Amongst them were - Captain Tinney, Chairman of the South-Eastern District; Captain Westbourne, of Tunbridge Wells, Secretary of the District; Monsieur C. Cusel, Delegate representing the French firemen; Captain Dyson, of Windsor; Captain Cobb, Hythe; Lieutenant Ashdown, Hythe; Hon. Captain W. B. Kennett, Sandgate; Captain Jacobs, Sandgate; Captain Stepney, Sevenoaks; Captain Wright, Rye; Captain Fade, Leigh; etc. In addition there were the Corporation workmen, Gas and Waterworks officials, postmen, fellow worshippers, and the general public. The building was packed to overflowing, but never at any time was there any confusion. During the few waiting moments the solemn deathbell tolled, but this soon gave place to the pathetic and consoling air, "O rest in the Lord." Grouped in the chancel were the sorrowing mourners, who included the widow, sustained and comforted through the trying ordeal by deceased's brother, Mr. R. White, Mr. Conquest (brother-in-law), Miss White (sister), Mr. Salter, Miss Page, Mr. W. Page, Mr. and Mrs. Gifford. Throughout the service was peculiarly appropriate and touching, and many eyes were dimmed.
Sleep thy last sleep,
Free from care and sorrow,
Rest where none weep
Till eternal morrow;
Though dark waves roll
O'er the silent river,
Thy fainting soul
Jesus can deliver.
The above was the first verse of the hymn that commenced the service. It was heartily sung, and with noteable expression of feeling. The Rev. Reeves Butter (Congregational Church, Sandgate) then read the Bible version of the 90th Psalm, and this was followed by an earnest prayer from the lips of the Rev. George Adcock (Wesleyan Minister, Grace Hill). Though struggling deeply with emotion, the Rev. A. J. Palmer gave full emphasis in reading to St. Paul’'s magnificent words from I Cor., xv. chapter, and after the singing of the well-known hymn "Now the labourer’s task is o'er," the Pastor of the church ascended the pulpit, and gave a brief address, remarking they had all met together that day under the shadow of a great sorrow, but also under the comforting shadow of the cross of Christ. By the death of their friend, earth was one soul the poorer; heaven one gem the richer. He (the rev. gentleman) had been associated with their late friend from his boyhood, and his hearers could well understand he was speaking to them under a deep sense of peculiar emotion. In estimating the chief characteristic of deceased's career, the one word, "thorough," might well be applied, whether in regard to his duties as a public official or the different organizations with which he was connected. In everything he was thorough - faithful even unto death. Parents never had a more devoted son, no wife a more loving husband, no children a more tender father. Let not his (the rev. gentleman's) hearers think this was the end of life. Death was not a wall but a door, not night but the dawn of day. At that sorrowful time there opened to them a prospect of re-union, and they would say with trusting, though bleeding hearts, "We shall go to him, but he will not return to us." "Be ye also ready." If the Angel of Death should come to us could we say "Lord Jesus come quickly." That was a question one and all must answer.
"Other refuge have I none
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee."
Might they all be as ready as their departed brother. To known him was to love, and to know him intimately was an inspiration. Let them all take fresh heart that day, and be faithful and thorough whatever is their walk in life. Let them also remember that their departed brother built his life on that sure foundation - that rock - Jesus Christ. "He being dead yet speaketh," and he would continue to speak for many a day to come. Addressing himself more particularly to the Sunday School children, the rev. speaker reminded them how their late Superintendent early in life had given his heart to God, and how, only on the last Sunday, he ad affectionately asked them to seek the Saviour. Let then all ihen and there resolve they would listen to that invitation, and that they would cling to their God and Saviour even unto death. Oh! might the fear of death - whether it come suddenly or slowly - be taken away from them, and might they all be able to say at the last "Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ." At the conclusion of the rev. gentleman's impressive discourse, the hymn, "O God our help in ages past," was heartily sung, and at its conclusion the remains were conveyed to the Cemetery. Here a vast crowd had assembled, and the best of order prevailed. The coffin, which bore the following inscription, was then lowered into its last resting place:-
October 22nd, 1898,
The Rev. A. J. Palmer having offered a last prayer and pronounced the blessing, the solemn proceedings were brought to a close. The scene around the grave though naturally sad, was picturesque. The fine helmeted firemen stood on two sides of the square, in which the mourners, the Mayor and Corporation, Freemasons, and others took their places. As the coffin, covered with flowers and the helmet of deceased, was borne to the grave, Captain Tinney, of Tunbridge Wells, in command, called out the fireman's salute, and this order was given with impressive effect. The funeral arrangements were admirably carried out by deceased's friend, Mr. Charles Jenner, and the best of order was kept by Mr. Superintendent Taylor and the smart body of men under his command. Mr. Charles Huntley, of Bouverie Mews, supplied the car and most of the carriages.
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