With terrible suddenness the death took place on Friday evening last of Mr. Frank Tweltridge, manager of the Singer’s Sewing Machine Company’s depot at Rushden. Deceased was 36 years of age, and leaves a widow but no children.
Mr. Tweltridge had for some time suffered from a weak heart, though this was not known outside the family. On Friday last he made no complaint whatever about feeling unwell. In the morning he cycled to Wellingborough in the course of his business, and he spent the afternoon and evening in the shop. At closing time he left the shop and went into the house. At about 10.30 p.m. he sat down at the American organ, but suddenly fell forward over the keyboard and was never heard to speak again. His wife was near at the time, and at once caught hold of him, but he made no exclamation and just breathed once or twice. Mrs. Tweltridge called Mr. G. A. McLeod, her next door neighbour, and he immediately responded, while Mr. Russell (manager for Mr. E. Parsons) went off for Dr. Baker. The doctor pronounced life to be extinct. No inquest was deemed necessary, the doctor being able to certify that death was the result of heart failure.
Mr. Tweltridge had resided in Rushden for the past 17 years or more. About eight years ago he married the daughter of Mr. William Parker, of North-end, Higham Ferrers. For a time Mr. and Mrs. Tweltridge resided in Victoria-road, Rushden, but subsequently removed to the shop in High-street.
A member of the Church of England, the deceased was a man of very upright character, and he was respected and esteemed by all who were associated with him. He was very assiduous in his attention to business, and was of a bright, cheerful, and genial disposition.
took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Cemetery, the Rector (the Ven. Arthur Kitchin) officiating both at the service in the cemetery chapel and at the grave-side.
The coffin was of polished elm, with panelled sides, and the nickel-plated breastplate bore the inscription :-
Born January 12, 1875
Died June 30, 1911
“In the midst of life we are in death.”
Mr. T. Swindall carried out the duties of undertaker.
The mourners were Mrs. F. Tweltridge (widow), and Mr. William Parker (father-in-law).
Miss Tweltridge (sister) and Mr. William Gutteridge, of Rushden (brother-in-law).
Mrs. Wm. Gutteridge, Mrs. C. Howes, of Towcester, and Mrs. Edward Parker, of Higham Ferrers (sisters-in-law).
Mr. Plackett, of Wellingborough (representing Messrs. Singers’ Company) and Mr. G. A. McLeod (neighbour).
Mr. and Mrs. W. Nurrish (with whom deceased used to live before his marriage).
The remainder of deceased’s relatives are not in England, being mostly in America and Canada.
The following are the inscriptions on the
In loving memory of my dear husband, from his broken-hearted wife.
In living memory of a beloved son, from his mother.
With loving sympathy, from his sorrowing father-in-law and family.
With deepest sympathy, from Aunt Susan, Ted, and Ada.
With loving sympathy, from Sallie.
In remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. G. A. McLeod and Bobbie.
With heartfelt sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Ellingham.
With all true sympathy, from Mr. E. Hobbs.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Harris and family.
With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Dickens.
In deepest sympathy, from his sorrowing friends, Mr. and Mrs. Nurrish.
Remembrance from J. R. and R. E. Brooke.
With sympathy sincere, from his fellow workers (Singers).