William Edward Parkes (1840-1892)

Life story retold by Yota Dimitriadi

Death of a Reading Tradesman. – Early on Sunday morning, Mr. W. E. Parkes, chemist, of Friarstreet, died, after a long and painful illness, at the age 50, The deceased was a member of St. Lawrence’s Church Board and a member of the Greyfriars’ Lodge of Freemasons for number of years, and was much respected. The funeral took place on Thursday at Reading Cemetery, and was attended by a considerable number relatives friends and members of Lodge 1,101. Floral tributes, including some sent by the Freemasons, the members of St. Lawrence’s Church Board, were plentiful. The first portion of the service was performed at St. Lawrence’s Church by the Rev. J. M Guilding (Vicar) and the Rev. T. Flook (curate), and was concluded at the grave (which immediately joins that of the late Dr. Well*) by the Rev. J. M. Guilding. Messrs. Morris and Co., of the Market-place, very satisfactorily conducted the funeral arrangements.

his obiuary is on the same day as Mr Frank Attwels.

Buried in Section 32, Row F, Number 3