March 26th, 1930

The Register,

Wednesday Evening, March 26, 1930

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Cambridge, March 24 – In the death of Deacon C. W. Frederick Webster, who passed to his rest at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Strong, Somerset, on Monday evening, March 17th, Cambridge lost one of its most beloved and highly esteemed citizens.

Deacon Webster was born in Cambridge ninety-two years ago and spent practically his whole life here. He was the third son of Asahel and Hephzibah (Pearson) Webster, his father was descended from John Webster, a colonial Governor of Connecticut and his mother was a cousin of the late Sir Charles Tupper, a former Prime Minister of Canada.

He was a charter member of the Cambridge Baptist Church and an honored deacon of over fifty years. He served for many years as Treasurer, also as Superintendent of the Sabbath School and took a keen interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community. Since the death of his wife, formerly Miss Mary Olivia Bent, of Morristown, in July, 1928, he has resided with his daughter who has tenderly cared for him in his declining years.

Besides his only daughter Elsie (Mrs. Wilbert A. Strong), who mourns the loss of a kind father, he is survived by two granddaughters, Mrs. Avard Bishop, of Windsor, and Miss Frances Webster, of Dartmouth, and one great-grandson, Willard Bishop. One son, Warren Bent, died in infancy and his younger son, Frederick William, Jr., passed away suddenly on December 16th, 1924. One half-brother, Deacon, S. W. Webster, of Cambridge, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Rupert Woodward, of Waltham, Mass. and Mrs. Colin Smith, of Nictaux Falls, also survive. For one and all of these, in a truly sorrowful loss, much sympathy is felt.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, March 19th, and was attended by many friends and relatives. Impressive services at the residence of his daughter, in Somerset, and at the Baptist Church, in Cambridge, were conducted by the pastor, Rev. T. M. Webb, assisted by Rev. H. E. Allaby, pastor of Berwick Baptist Church, and a former pastor of Deacon Webster, Rev. David Price, who spoke eloquently of his life service, basing the address on Psalm 37, verse 37, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace." The choir sang two hymns, "Abide With me" and "Rock of Ages" and two selections by the male quartette, Kentville Baptist Church, were beautifully rendered, "Wonderful Peace: and "Beautiful Land."

The floral tributes were exceptionally beautiful consisting of Pillow from the family, Elsie and Will, Lila and Avard; Wreath, brother Samuel and Webster nieces and nephews; Wreath, Bents, nieces and nephews. The flower covered casket was borne from the church by the following pall-bearers: Enos Knowlton, J. G. Webster of Cambridge; Allan Brown of Brooklyn Street and J. M. Cross of Kentville. Interment was made in the family lot in Cambridge Cemetery.