The Bucks Standard August 8th 1925


It is with very great regret, which will be shared by her many friends in the Newport Pagnell district, the we record the death on Sunday last, at her residence at Castlethorpe, of Mrs. Mary Cannon, widow of the late Mr. Thos. Cannon. The deceased lady, whose husband passed away in December, 1918, had resided at The Holmestead, Castlethorpe, for eleven years, during which period she had taken deep interest in the work of the Parish Church, and in all charitable organisations and was held in the highest regard by the people of the village with whom she was very popular. Both Mrs. Cannon and her late husband were formerly closely connected with the business life of Newport Pagnell. For some years they held the licence of the Swan Hotel, whilst Mr. Cannon also engaged in the agricultural industry, being the tenant of both the Yew Tree Farm at Sherington and The Kickles Farm, Newport Pagnell. In business and in private life Mr. and Mrs. Cannon made many friends, all of whom regretted their departure from Newport Pagnell some twenty years ago to take over the proprietorship of the George Hotel, at Leicester, one of the leading hostelries in the city.

Attended with every mark of sympathy and respect the funeral of Mrs. Cannon took place on Thursday in the churchyard at Castlethorpe, there being a large congregation present to pay tribute to the memory of one who was a friend of all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. Practically every cottage home in the village was represented, and life-long friends of the deceased from the surrounding district gathered in the church and at the graveside. The choral service was impressively and beautifully rendered by the Parish Church Choir, Miss Gregory being at the organ. The Rev. W.J. Harkness (vicar) officiated. The 90th Psalm was chanted, and following the hymn, “Peace, perfect peace,” the Nunc Dimittis was sung to a simple chant. The coffin, of wax-polished oak with brass fittings, bore the inscription:


Died August 2, 1925.

Aged 77 years.

It was borne to the grave by four Castlethorpe men – Messrs. Manning, Clarke, Olney and Sawbridge. The mourners were: Mr. J.J. Cannon (son), Mrs. F. Farney Brown (daughter), Mr. F. Farney Brown (son-in-law). Mr. and Mrs. George Farney Brown, Mrs. Waring, Miss K. Gregory, Mrs. Bates and Mr. Arnold. Others present were Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Whiting (Castlethorpe), Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Whiting (Cosgrove),Miss N. Whiting (Stoke Goldington), Mr. George Whiting (Newport Pagnell), Mrs. P.M. Adams (Broughton), Mr. H. Reynolds (Newport Pagnell), Dr. F. Hinde, M.D., Mrs. Harkness, Miss Dorothy Cook, (Newport Pagnell), Mrs. E. Markham and family, Mrs. snd Miss Stewart (Weston Underwood), Mrs. Rainbow, Mr. J. Gobey, Mrs. Amos, the Misses Gregory, Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Miss Rawlinson, Miss. Compton, Mr. and Mrs. Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Dollings, Mrs. and Miss Coey, Misses Maltby, Miss Jones, Mrs. Sawbridge, Miss Olney, Mrs. Gobbey, jun., Mrs. Panter, Miss Osborne, Miss Feasey, Mr. H. and Miss Gray, Mr. A. Masterman, Mr. Clarke, etc. The Castlethorpe branch of the Mothers’ Union was represented by Mrs. Arnold, Mrs. Lansbury, Mrs. John West, Mrs. Jesse West, Miss West, Miss Clarke, Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Brice, Mrs. Worker, Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Harding and Miss Cowley.

There was a beautiful collection of floral tributes, of which the following is a list: In fond remembrance of my dear mother, from Jack; To my dearest mother from her sorrowing daughter Nelly; In deepest sympathy from your son-in-law, Fred; With loving and affectionate remembrance from Mr. and Mrs. George Farney Brown; In loving remembrance from Kate; With loving remembrance and deepest sympathy Mrs. Rainbow; In affectionate remembrance from Mrs. J.E. Whiting, Bletchley; In kind remembrance from the Mothers’ Union Peace perfect peace; In affectionate remembrance and with deep sympathy from Misses K. and N. Whiting; With sincere sympathy from Frank Hinde; With deepest sympathy from Lily and Clara; With sincere sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. H. Reynolds; With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Manning; In remembrance and deepest sympathy from Joe and Becky; With sorrow and much regret from Mrs. E. Markham and family; A token of sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Sawbridge, Joe and Ben and Mr. and Mrs. Homer; In kind remembrance from Mrs. Gobbey and Mrs. Bates; Farewell my beloved friend from Mrs. Waring; In affectionate remembrance, Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Adams; In affectionate remembrance, from Dorrie and Kit; As a token of respect and sympathy from the staff and employees of Messrs. Cannon and Stokes, Ltd. Leicester; With sincere sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Whiting (Cosgrove); With deep sympathy from Mrs. Gregory and family.

The whole of the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Wilford Bros. undertakers, Newport Pagnell.