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Death of Mr. Thomas Canning
regret will be felt for the death of this estimable citizen of Belfast, who
died this afternoon (Tuesday, 4th December, 1894). It was indeed a
sudden death, as Mr. Canning, who had reached the ripe age of 75 years, was
at his accustomed employment in Messrs. William Ewart & Sons, Bedford
Street, yesterday, and afterwards attended a Committee meeting of Christ
Church in connection with the erection of new schools. He complained
of illness on the way home, and had to be assisted to the residence of Dr.
McQuitty, College Square East. He was subsequently got home, and died
amidst some of his sorrowing family at about two o'clock to-day. Mr.
Canning was born in 1819 in Belfast, and having been baptised in St.
George's Church, was, probably, the oldest citizen connected with that
ancient parish. In early life he was apprenticed to the linen trade at
Glenbank, Ligoniel, and afterwards occupied an important position at
Greymount. Coming to Belfast in the year 1860, he joined the firm of
Messrs. William Ewart & Sons, Bedford Street, with whom he has been ever
since. As a consequence he was well known amongst those engaged in the
staple industry of the city, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.
The deceased gentleman took a great interest in church work. For over
30 years he was Superintendent of Christ Church Sunday School, and was
rarely absent from his duties in connection therewith, or from Divine
Service. All the concerns of Christ Church were specially dear to him,
and he took a very lively interest in the religious, educational, and
missionary schemes of the Church of Ireland. It may be truly said that
whatever his hand found to do he did it with all his might.