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Friday, December 4, 2015

Hundreds Gather at Funeral of Whitman Sackett Mead (1913)

Source: Greenwich Press. January 14, 1913. Page 5

Service Held at Second Congregational Church Yesterday Afternoon

Largely attended by many prominent State Officials and citizens of the town, the funeral service for the late Whitman S. Mead took place from the Second Congregational Church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

More than twenty of the town and borough officials assembled at the Town Building shortly after 2 p.m. and proceeded in a body to the church, where they paid their last respects to one with whom they had been so long associated in private and public life. Among those who occupied the pews in the front part of the church were Town Highway Superintendent, Nathaniel Knapp, Selectmen, Henry P. Crawford, Newton S. Johnson and John Broderick, Town Bookkeeper, Louis D. Ritch, Charity Commissioner, James Maher, 
Judge Jeremiah Tierney, Judge C.D. Burnes, Judge R. Jay Walsh, Wilbur S. Wright, Stephen L. Radford, Medical Examiner, John A. Clarke, Warden Henry B. Marshall, Asessors, Will S. Green, Frank I. Palmer, Silas Sutherland, John H. Banks, Patrick Hughes, Gilbert W. Finch, Chauncey Clarke, Hamlin I. Palmer, Sheriff William Vollner, Deputy Sheriff Phillip Finnegan, County Commissioner John J. Brophy and others.

Prior to the service the casket was opened and many people viewed the remains for the last time.

Miss Laura M. Scranton presided at the organ and Rev. Charles F. Taylor, pastor of the church conducted the service.

The honorary pall bearers were United States Marshall, Sidney E. Hawley, County Commissioner Simeon E. Pease, Amos W. Avery, Judge James F. Walsh, Judge Charles Cameron and Webster Haight.

Many and beautiful where the floral tributes which included a number of set pieces from the Republican Town Committee, of which the deceased was chairman, County commissioner town officials and others.

During the hour of the funeral all of the town offices were closed with the exception of the Town Clerk's office and the flag was put at half mast on the Town building. 

The body was laid to rest in the family plot at the Congregational cemetery.

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