Conisborough Notes – Obituary – John Downing

July 1899

Mexborough and Swinton Times July 14, 1899

Conisborough Notes – Obituary – John Downing

It is with the deepest sympathy that I have this week to record the death of one of Conisborough’s oldest and most esteemed residents – Mr John Downing, builder.

Though it had been known that Mr Downing had been laid up with sickness some considerable time, yet I believe his medical attendant, Doctor Craik, did not think before last week that the deceased’s illness was likely to end fatally, consequently death, which occurred last Friday, came rather suddenly.

The deceased gentleman has been in business in Conisborough as a builder and contractor for a number of years, and by his ability and hard, steady work got together a very successful business. He was very well known, not only to Conisborough people, but to all in the district roundabout. His character as businessman was excellent, and all those who had business transactions with him spoke very highly of his honest and straightforward way of dealing.

I am told Mr Downing was born in Conisborough and has spent very nearly, if not all, is life in this village. He went about his business in a very quiet way, and the honour of holding public offices had no attraction for him, though I believe he has been asked several times to allow himself to be nominated as a candidate for different officers.

The deceased leaves a widow and grown-up family, and I’m sure the sorrowing ones havethe sympathy of all Conisborough people in their sad bereavement.

The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon last, and the sure proof of how highly he was respected was a very large attendance of friends who followed his remains to their last resting place in Conisborough cemetery.

The officiating minister was the Reverend WA Strawbridge