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The Late Mr. James Sugden,I…


The Late Mr. James Sugden, I Rhos-on-Sea. CLOSE OF A FINE CAREER. In our last issue we recorded the death, on December 12th, of Mr. James'Sugden, of Rhos-on-Sea, at the age of 78 years. Mr. Sugden was for twenty-three years Superin- tendent and two years President of the Pendleton Ragged School. Ellor-street. The Sal ford Reporter says :— lr. Sugden was the second son of Mr. Robert Sugden, well known in connection with the Pendleton Congregational Church. The eldest sun Mr. John Sugden, who was engaged in philanthropic work, and was Superintendent of what was at that trine known as the John street Ilpli and People's Institute. Mr. lames Sugden became a Wcslevan, and was connected with the Brunswick Chapel, Broad-street., and was, with his family, instrumental in the building of the chape! on the present site. His main interest, however, lay in the Pendleton Ragged School, with which he became con- nected in its early career other members of the family have been connected with it. He was for twenty-three years Superintendent and two years President. In this work he never spared himself. In the winter months, October to March, the work was very oner- ous he was very often at the school five nights a week. He used to visit the sick, more particularly amongst the children, but not even confined to them. In this connec- tion he would relate the story of a gipsy woman whom he visited, and of the husband afterwards calling at his residence and, pre- sumably out of gratitude, leaving in his ab- sence a set of copper pans. In the later years Mr. William Hardcastle, of Bolton-road, Pendleton, was associated with him in the superintendentship. Mr. Sugden was very systematic in his habits, and in his work at the school he made a point of being ten minutes in advance of the opening of the Sun- day evening service. He saw a great im- provement in the habits of the people. It was no uncommon thing at one time for a brickbat to be picked up which had been hurled at the officers, and he has come into the school to find an officer on the floor with roughs sitting on him. In the earlier days the functions of the Ragged School were also in the education of the young. Mr. Sugden took an interest in and worked for the cause of the North in the '\merican Civil War for the abolition of slavery, and was in great demand as a speaker and lecturer on the sub- ject. He was a Liberal, but took no part in politics he held that by avoiding this and municipal honours which he was asked to ac- cept, that he was consulting the best inte- rests (;f the Ragged School. The great ex- tent of his business career was at Messrs. Rvlands & Sons, Limited, and for a consider- able part of the thirty-nine years of his con- nection with the firm he was head of the Shipping Department. Mr. Sugden resided at Barr Hill, Pendleton, for twenty years, and retired to Colwyn Bay in 1892, where for some years previously he had a house. On his retirement a handsome presentation was bv tn" Directors of Messrs. Rylands & Sons, a t st ii, I was also presented to him on behalf of the officers and teachers of the Pendleton Ragged School. He had been in indifferent health, for some three or four years. He leaves a widow, one son and four daughters. The funeral took place at the Salford Ceme- tery, Weaste, on Thursda" afternoon, when a small company of sympathisers and friends of the Pendleton Ragged School assembled near the Nonconformist Chapel shortly after 1 o'clock, the interment taking place at 1.30. The remains were placed in a pannelled oak upholstered shell, the plate containing the inscription I- James Sugden, Died December 12th, 1910 Aged 78 years. A number of members of the family travel led by train from Colwvn Bay, arriving at Exchange Station a few minutes before 1 o'clock. The body was conveyed in a special funeral carriage on the London & North- Western Railway, Mr. Dicken (Messrs. J. Dicken & Sons, Cohvyn Bay) having charge of the arrangements at Colwyn Bav and en route. Mr. Coop met the cortege with a hearse drawn by two horses, and four funeral carriages. The coffin was covered with a beautiful purple cloth, and although there was a request for No flowers," several wreaths were sent. The procession pro- ceeded to the Cemetery. The following is a list of the mourners :—First coach Mr. Herbert B. Sugden (son), Miss C. S. Sugden (daughter), Mrs. A. J. Ashton (daughter), and Mr. A. J. Ashton (son-in-law). Second coach: Miss A. M. Sugden (daughter), Mrs. Herbert B. Sugden (daughter-in-law) Mr. Benjamin Sugden (brother). Mr. William Sugden (brother). Third coach Mr. John Mitchell (brother-in-law), Mr. J. D. Sugden (nephew), Mr. F. H. Sugden (nephew), Mr. W. S. Ashton (grandson). Fourth coach The Rev. William Foster, B.A. (London), and Mr. W. Parkinson. At the Cemetery were a number of ol fri nds of the dece'sed gentleman, including Councillor McDongall. Messrs. C. F. Whitehead, James Hudson, J. H. Todd (trustees), James Walsii (o: the Ragged School), John Mawdslev, and Wil- liam Barlow (Messrs. Rylands L\: Sons, Ltd.), Fred Smith, Thomas Hughes (John-street Hall), A. Swanway (old friends of Mr. Sug- den s). In the chapel a special service was con- ducted by the Hev. William Foster, who delivered a brief but impressive address. He intimated, after reading the prayers and lesson, that he desired, if permitted, to strike a personal note. He felt extremely diffident to make any comment on such a solemn occasion, but. it seemed almost natural that he should say one cr two words. The only claim he had for speaking was one of affec- tionate regard for the one who had passed away full of years and honours. He had been bound to many present by ties of noble and effective service, and those who knew him best would most likely agree that it would be out of place and not in harmony with his wishes that he should attempt any- thing in the shape of a biography. He had to speak with some disadvantage as com- pared with the knowledge of many present. He came into personal contact with Mr. Sugden in an official capacity about ten years ago, and that officialism developed into friendship, which had been maintained ever since. He was not a curious man, and had no desire to find out all about those around where he lived, and, therefore, he ^W ^estions. Mr Sugden was mos^ the French order of cTiTvalry. rfe had a strict sense of honour, which was mani- fested in all his business relationships. He was probably tinged most with a spirit for doing that which was absolutely right, and he possessed something more than that, a keen, clever, capable, upright and business qnirit—a hi"h standard of Christian excell- ence He thought they found the same ence. ri runn- jnto all the details of WsTwork He supposed there were thousands ] ^,?uiren in that town who would grieve r his death .nd remember that they owed they were coming +owards the cemetery he was told that 75 per cent. of the workers of the Ragged School Mission had come out oi the mission itqclf. Thirty years ago Mr. Sugden was one of those who were imbued with the idea of founding that institution, which had been so successful, and brought so much honour to the Master's service His wholo thought was what could he do, not that he wanted to achieve glory or reflect honour upon himself, but because the Kinu had entrusted him with the work he went into it. There was no idea of profit about him it would be impertinent for him to go further into details, but a more perfect gentleman than Mr. Sugden it would be im- possible to find. He was humble, retiring, and unobtrusive. He might say that when the Great Dav came, in his own case, if he had a similar record to that of Mr. Sugden, he should not be ashamed of it. Thev might rest assured that Mr. Sugden had his reward, and that the consummation of Llis grace would rest upon those who were leti behind. Prayer was then offered, the minister appeal- ing for niort- jewels" in their friend's crown of iife. The mourners then moved towards the grave, the walls of which were lined with purple, decorated with flowers and ever greens. Here the committal service was read by the rev. gentleman. Wreaths of white and coloured chrysanthemums came from Mother, Carrie, Pc llie, and Maud, Nellie and Bertie, Mrs. W. A Davies (Leeds). With deep sympathy Misses Hattersley. With deep sympathy"; f" In loving memory" from Mr. and Mrs. Ashton and family the children of Langlev, Hale In loving re membrance," from Misses Milner, Dale. Moor, St. James' road, llkley; Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Coiwyn Bay. There was also an evergreen wreath around the gravestone.


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