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William Meaburn Tatham (1862-1938)

Newspaper report of funeral

Funeral of Vicar of Cantley

"A Lesson to All in every Way"

The funeral of the Rev. William Meaburn Tatham, Vicar of Cantley for 46 years, was at Cantley Church last Friday. The picturesque little village church was crowded with clergy and villagers for the Requiem Mass that preceded the interment, and from the tower the flag of St. George flew at half-mast.

Mr. Tatham, who died last Tuesday week, was 76.

The Requiem Mass was sung by the Rev. C. E. Whiting, of Durham University, who conducted many services at the church during the Vicar's illness, and the curate (the Rev. C. B. Renshaw) was master of ceremonies. The Vicar of Christ Church (the Rev. J. R. F. Frazer) performed the absolutions, assisted Mr. J. Wilberforce Bridge, of Christ Church.

The Vicar of Monk Bretton (the Rev. J. E. Mercer) took the funeral service, and the Vicar of Bolton-on-Dearne (the Rev. T. B. Almond) read the lesson.

Bishop's Telegram

The late Vicar's daughter, Mrs. T. B. Mackay, played the organ for part of the service, and for the remainder of the ceremony the Vicar of Calow, near Chesterfield, (the Rev. C. W. Handford) played.

At the graveside the Rev. Frederick Tatham, brother of the late Vicar, read a prayer.

A telegram was received from the Bishop of Sheffield (Dr. L. H. Burrows) regretting his inability to attend.

There were no flowers, except a cross of white dahlias. Mr. Tatham had asked that money that would have been spent in this way should be sent to Doncaster Infirmary.

By the light of lanterns the coffin was taken through the woods from the Vicarage to the church last Thursday night, borne by six past servers of the church and members of Cantley Cricket Club [6 names].

The procession was met at the entrance to the churchyard by the curate, who conducted Vespers of the Dead in the church. Mr. Tatham's two favourite hymns, "Sun of my soul" and "Jesu, these eyes have never seen", were sung, and the curate gave a short address.

Mr. Renshaw said there several things that impressed him about Mr. Tatham. The first was his unshakeable love of God and his great love for his church. He loved his church passionately and sincerely. He gave it of his considerable ability, his time and his strength, and nothing was too much trouble if it was for the good of the church.

"This glorious church in which we worship will forever remain a witness to his love", said Mr. Renshaw.

Overshadowing all else, however, was his love for his people.

There was another thing about Mr. Tatham that had impressed him, and that was his fortitude. A dignitary of the Church who had written to him recently commented on his fortitude with the words "He is a lesson to us all".

"He was a lesson to us all in every way", Mr. Renshaw concluded. "in his fortitude, in his belief in God, in his love for his church, and in his love for his fellow men".

An all night vigil was kept by the coffin.

The Mourners

The family mourners were:-- Mr. and Mrs. J. Clayton (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs. P. B. Mackay (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Dowdall (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. Wilfrid Tatham (son), Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Stokes (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. E. E. Tatham (brother), the Rev. Frederick Tatham, Vicar of Ryburgh (brother), Miss D. Tatham (niece), Mrs. B. Beardsworh (niece), Mr. L. Tatham (nephew), Mrs. E. Molony (sister), the Rev. B. Molony, headmaster of Worksop College, (nephew) and Mrs. Molony, Miss E. Tatham (sister), and Mr. H. Block (cousin).

Other mourners included:-- [45 names].

[Doncaster newspaper].


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