Speight, Joseph Albert
appeared in Acton Free Press (Acton, ON), 29 May 1902, p. 3, column 3
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THE LATE JOSEPH A. SPEIGHT.
A Worthy Son of a Worthy Sire
Called to His Reward.
The funeral of the late Joseph A. Speight was held from "Moorecroft," the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. H. P. Moore, last Friday afternoon. The service at the house was conducted by Rev. J. E. Howell, M.A., of Hanover, a former much-esteemed pastor of deceased, Rev. J. M. Hagar, M.A., and Rev. H. A. Macpherson. An able sermon in which there was both comfort and loving exhortation was preached by Rev. M. Howell, from 1 John, 3:2.
Mr. Speight's death was entirely unexpected until a few days prior thereto. He had been troubled for a time with an affection of the heart, but was improving, and his friends felt confident he would be restored to at least a measure of health. He took a bad turn, however, on Tuesday and gradually sank until five o'clock Wednesday afternoon, when he quietly passed away.
Joseph Albert Speight was the son of the late John Speight, Esq., one of Acton's pioneer and most highly-esteemed settlers. He was born in the home where he lived all his life, on the 21st July, 1846. After his father's death in June, 1881, Mr. Speight became manager of the undertaking and waggon business, established over fifty years ago, and conducted it with marked success. At the death of his mother a few years later, the firm of J. A. Speight & Co., took over the business and deceased continued it with success up to the time of his illness.
Mr. Speight was an upright, straightforward, plain spoken citizen, was a general favorite in the community. He took a keen interest in the affairs of his native town and, though he had a distaste for public office, he did accept for a term a seat at the Municipal Council. He was a member of Acton Fire Brigade from its inception and the Brigade attended the funeral in a body. Mr. Speight was a liberal supporter of the Methodist Church, was an usher in the church here for the past twelve or fifteen years, and was much interested in all its undertakings.
The demise of this worthy citizen is much regretted and the community's sympathy is especially extended to his sister Miss Lottie E. Speight, who resided with him since the death of the parents.
The surviving members of the family are Mrs. James Moore, Mrs. H. P. Moore, Miss Lottie E. Speight and Mr. W. H. Speight, all of whom reside here.
The funeral was very largely attended. The floral offerings were numerous and included: Floral Pillow - Brothers and sisters; Spray of Roses - Mr. T. B. Speight, Toronto; Helmet - Acton Fire Brigade; Roses and Carnations - Epworth League, of the Methodist Church Acton; Wreath of Roses and Lilies - A. J. H. Eckhart, Toronto; Spray of Carnations, Roses and Lilies - Mr. and Mrs. T. James Moore, Guelph; Queen Cerius Spray - Mrs. W. H. Storey, Acton; Spray of Roses - The Misses Boomer, Berlin; Anchor - Mrs. Jennie Smith, Acton; Spray of Calla-lilies - Mrs. W. Carroll, Acton; Spray of Roses - Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Boomer, London.
Messrs. James McLam, Wm. Williams, J. C. Hill, W. H. Denny, A. T. Brown and N. F. Moore were the pall bearers.
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