March 29th, 1939

March 29th, 1939 - Memorial Service Held For Late R. T. Caldwell

Kentville, March 26. - A congregation that filled the United Church to capacity here this afternoon, paid tribute to the memory of the late Reginald T. Caldwell, one of those who lost his life in the Queen Hotel fire in Halifax early this month.

Even standing room was at a premium as men and women in all walks of life and all creeds and denominations crowded the auditorium of the church as well as the rooms adjoining the choir loft. Not only from Kentville, but from Berwick, Centreville, Canning and Wolfville and other nearby districts came people to honor a man who was prominent in public life, and was untiring in his efforts to support any worthwhile cause.

Three lodges, the Masons, the Oddfellows, and the Foresters, in all of which the deceased played a prominent part, and in which he had been elevated to high positions, marched in a body to the church.

The service was conducted by the Rev. A. A. MacLeod, pastor, who was assisted by the Rev. G. R. Thompson, of St. James Anglican Church and Rev. W. C. Machum of the Baptist Church. The singing was led by the United Church choir under the direction of Mrs. W. E. Ramey.

In his tribute to the deceased, Mr. MacLeod spoke of him as being a man of indomitable courage in overcoming his own physical handicap and of his untiring efforts to make easy the lot of others suffering from illness or other affliction. He was a man of "warm heart and deep sympathy," said Mr. MacLeod.

As a private citizen, and later as a member of the provincial legislature, the deceased gave unceasingly of his time and effort to improve the provincial sanatorium, and the new infirmary there stands s a monument to his memory, said Mr. MacLeod. He also spoke of his love of good sport, and of the time and work he had given to provide good athletic entertainment for the community.