January 9th, 1913

Berwick Register,

Thursday, January 9, 1913

Death of Rev. J. P. Anthony

The Rev. John P. Anthony, of the Methodist Church, died at Truro on Wednesday, January 1st.

This startling news, received by telegraph on Thursday morning, was heard with surprise and intense sorrow by the people of Berwick and by members and adherents of the Methodist Church throughout western Nova Scotia.

John P. Anthony was born in Berwick in August, 1872, the fourth son of Mrs. Kezia and the late Mr. Thomas Anthony. His childhood and youth were spent in this town. In early manhood, he and his brother, Mr. M. B. Anthony, conducted the business built up by their late father on Main Street, under the firm name of T. Anthony’s Sons. In 1895, having decided to enter the ministry, he left this firm and was sent by the conference of the Methodist Church to the Mountain Mission near Bridgetown. In 1896 he went to Mount Allison University, where he remained two years, taking for the most part theological studies. In 1898, he was sent to take charge of the Nicholsville Mission in Aylesford, where he laboured two years. In 1900 Mr. Anthony was received into full connection with the Nova Scotia Conference, ordained, and stationed at Port Maitland, where he labored for three years. In 1903, he was called to Middleton and remained two years going in 1905 to Providence Church, Yarmouth, where he enjoyed a four years’ pastorate; in 1909 he went to Lunenburg for three years, and in June, 1912, was stationed in Truro.

Mr. Anthony was taken suddenly and seriously ill on Dec. 29th. His case was diagnosed as appendicitis. On Monday he was taken to the hospital, where an operation was performed. He gradually sank, and passed away at four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon.

The remains were brought, on Friday morning, to Berwick where the funeral took place in the afternoon. A service was held in Wesley Church in which a number of clergyman and others took part.

To the people of Berwick who have known Mr. Anthony as a boy and man during his whole life, his death comes as a personal bereavement. In childhood a universal favorite; in boyhood courteous, and recognized as always trustworthy and studious; in youth full of energy, but pure in word and deed and unswerving in his adherence to the right; in manhood, devoted to his profession, true to his convictions, but with a love for the service and the people of his Master that took no note of denominational bounds, Mr. Anthony was admired, esteemed and beloved by all. That a life of such usefulness and of so much promise should cease in its prime is a dispensation which it is not for man to understand.

Mr. Anthony was married in 1900 to Miss Gertrude Borden, daughter of Benj. Borden, Esq., of Berwick, who with their son Allison, now eleven years of age has the sincere sympathy of very many friends.

The heartfelt sympathy of all who knew the deceased is also extended to the bereaved mother, now in Vancouver, who mourns the loss of a devoted son, and to the six young men who mourn the loss of a much-loved brother.

At the service on Friday Judge Chesley, of Lunenburg, paid a tribute to the deceased in words as follows: -

Upwards of fifty years ago a man of the same age as the departed brother, a man of God who had spent only a few weeks less in labors than this man, passed away – my father. Both men in the short time they had been engaged in the ministry had succeeded in winning not only the respect and affection, of the congregations over which they presided but of the community at large.

I had close association with John Anthony for three years. With the exception, possibly, of Capt. Charles Smith, who accompanies me here today, no man in Lunenburg knew our pastor better than I. As a preacher of the Gospel he was clear, incise, pointed, able in less than thirty minutes to expound a text and reach the hearts and minds and consciences of his hearers and impress upon them the necessity of a decision for Christ.

John Anthony was a good pastor, genial and kind, pleasant and off handed in his manner – his was a taking personality. He won the respect and affection of every man and woman, yes, and of every boy and girl in the community. He was business like, methodical and diligent in the performance of all duties of the pastorate. He visited his people, cheering and strengthening them. He was diligent and conducted all his work with judgment, tact and patience. In every walk of life kind geniality characterized him. His was an optimistic, helpful disposition.

As a man he was one of the best that has been seen in Nova Scotia in the last forty years; clean is life, gentle in spirit pure in heart, consistent in conduct. He gave and has left behind an example for others to follow.