John Eves, Kesh, 1912.

Fermanagh Herald. October 12th 1912. The Late Mr. John Eves, Kesh. The entire community in Kesh and his many friends in the North-West generally were profoundly grieved to learn the sad news of the death of MR. John Eves, spirit merchant, which occurred at his late residence, Kesh, after a brief illness, on Tuesday evening, 1st inst., at the early age of 50 years. Despite the best medical skill and the earnest and anxious care of the family circle the deceased succumbed at an age when most people thought he had still a long and useful career before him. Timely precaution had been taken by his devoted brothers, however, deceased having received the last rites of the Catholic Church, of which he was a faithful adherent. In his younger days he led a life of unusual business activity, and his industry was rewarded by a large measure of well-merited success and an unsullied record of business integrity. Upright and honourable and of the truest fidelity to his obligations, a staunch real-hearted friend, and not wittingly causing the enmity of anyone, he bore himself amongst us in his quiet unobtrusive way in the good-will and respect of the people. Seeking no distinction and intruding his personality not at all his innate merits—and these were great if little displayed—found for him nevertheless the fullest appreciation. Mr. Eves was a man of fine intellect and considerable culture, and above all he possessed in the highest measure the rare gift of true spontaneous humour, the conspicuous characteristic of his race. In the deceased, as with all his people wit and humour were an implant of nature in never-failing source, and but required the touch of incidence of circumstance to make them flow forth bright and sparkling and never with taint of bitterness or malice. Such a personality as this, however retiring the disposition—and he avoided all prominence—was sure to find conspicuousness, as he did without desire or effort to that end. In this, as in all else, he was real and thorough, and truly he leaves behind him a memory of a life well lived. As already stated the deceased was a Catholic in religion sustaining its best traditions here in a course of unostentatious undeviating piety and practical benevolence. No charily worthy of the name was without his sympathy and support, but so applied that it may be said his one hand would not know the doing of the other. This, indeed, in brief is his record, and better no man may claim. We pen this short and inadequate tribute to his worth with deep regret, for the occasion. It is founded on a long and close personal acquaintance and in what, all too poorly we have said of his excellent qualities we know we have the endorsement of the entire community. Of the many virtues which won him the esteem of the community in which he lived, one of the most conspicuous was his unfailing adherence before the impairment of his health to the injunction to “bury the dead,” few indeed, being the funerals at which he was neither present nor represented, and a somber and impressive testimony to this beautiful Christian spirit was the immense concourse of people— probably the largest in the annals of the parish, which followed his remains on last Thursday to the family enclosure at Ardess. Nor was this respect confined to those of his own creed, for he was held in similar esteem by his brethren of other denominations, a very large number of whom were present at the funeral obsequies. Prior to the remains being removed from his late residence, Requiem Mass was celebrated by Father Caulfield, C.C., who afterwards delivered a touching panegyric on the many noble attributes of deceased. During the progress of the mournful procession through the streets of his native village, business was practically suspended, while blinds were drawn in private houses. Those who loved him in life will not now forget him in death. May God have mercy on his soul. The chief mourners were:—Patrick and William Eves (brothers). Miss Lily Elmes (niece), William, John, James, Adam, and Joseph Eves (cousins).

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