John Keep (1833-1916)


Lately there passed away in the Wharf, Mr. John Keep, who, for sixty years, had been in the employ of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company, and afterwards of the Great Western Railway- first as lock-keeper near Greenham Mills, and afterwards in charge of the Wharf weighbridge. 

The funeral took place on April 29; a service before leaving the house was conducted by the Rev. J.H. Green, who also read the committal sentences at the graveside in the Cemetery. 

The mourners were the sons, William and Leonard, Mrs. Whiteman (sister), Mrs.Leonard Keep, Mr. and Mrs. W. Eggleton, Mr. Whiteman., Mr. Frank Whiteman, Miss Freeman,, Mrs. Cook, Mr. Walter Keep. 

Floral tokens were received from William and family. John and Annie, from Jennie and Will, Grace and Millie, his sister and family, the family of the late Mrs. Keep, Mrs. Taylor etc. 

The friends at the grave were Mr. J. Freeman (Reading), Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Clark, Mr. Terry, Mr. John Flint, Mr. S. Attewell, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. Ball. Mrs. Bishop, Mr. E. Hill (Woodhay), Mr. W. Butler, as representing the Compton Pilgrim’s Club of which the deceased was for many years the Newbury agent.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. A.J. Chivers. 

Last Sunday evening reference was made from the pulpit by the Rev. J. Neville of the death of the deceased, who has been a devoted member and consistent member of the Primitive Methodist Church, first from Leckhampstead Thicket, his native place, and afterwards at Newbury. He had for sixty years been an acceptable local preacher in the Newbury Circuit, and also a trustee. Testimony was given to the faithful discharge of his duties in connection with the above and other offices. At the close of the sermon the hymn was sung;

“Servant of God, well done,

Rest from they loved employ;

The battle fought, the victory won,

Enter thy Master’s joy.”


Newbury Weekly News, 1 May 1916

Died 26 April 1916 aged 83

Also wife Louise K. died 22 March 1890 aged 61

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