October 27, 1926

October 27, 1926


George H. Oxley

After an illness of several months, the death occurred at Kings Memorial Hospital, Monday evening, Nov. 1st, of George H. Oxley, a well-known and highly respected citizen of this town, aged 58 years.

The deceased was born in Liverpool, Eng., Jan. 16th, 1868, the son of the late Dr. Martin G. B. Oxley, whose father was prominent in the shipping business of half a century ago and who removed from Cumberland, N. S. to Liverpool. A daughter, Mary, returned to Nova Scotia and married Rev. Alexander Tuttle, for many years a prominent minister in the Methodist Church in these provinces. When but a child, Mr. Oxley lost his mother and was sent to his aunt, Mrs. Tuttle, to complete his education. Thus it came about that when the Tuttles came to Berwick thirty-five years ago, George Oxley came with them and has been a citizen of our town ever since.

Shortly after coming to Berwick, he built the residence on Main Street at present owned by Dr. Comstock, and married Miss Sadie L. Caldwell, daughter of David and Emma Caldwell, who with one son, Martin, now of Boston survives. The family connections on both sides moved far away, but Mr. Oxley clung to Berwick with an abiding affection.

During all these years his duties as a citizen have been faithfully and unselfishly performed. Having considerable leisure from business, he devoted himself freely to public interests. For some years he was Superintendent of what was then the Methodist Sunday School. At the time of his death he was a member of the Session of Berwick United Church and Treasurer of the Sunday School. For years he has been one of the workers at the Camp Meetings. Mr. Oxley has always shared to the full her husband’s love for the church of their choice.

In the Oddfellows’ Lodge, Mr. Oxley had occupied all the offices and at the time of his death was Financial Secretary. He was also a member of St. Eudora Lodge of Rebekahs.

A few months back it became apparent that his health was failing, but he continued at what he considered his posts of duty. It was a surprise to his friends when the doctors held a consultation and pronounced his disease incurable. Two weeks ago he was taken to Kings Memorial Hospital, where gentle and skilful hands administered to his needs and eased his sufferings until the end.

As we go to press the funeral is being conducted from the United Church, with Oddfellows and Rebekahs attending in a body.

Besides the widow and son, other surviving relatives are: Mrs. Emma Dickenson, of London, Eng.; Mrs. Hazen Anthony, of Vancouver; Messrs. Geo. Tuttle, of Portland, Ore., and Martin Tuttle, Spokan, Wash. Col. Fred Oxley and Harold Oxley, of Halifax are distant cousins.

Berwick has lost a good citizen; church and Lodge, a faithful member; wife and son, a kind husband and father.