Samuel Hinde Obituary

Bell News Vol 20, Iss 1005, p131, 13/7/1901

Late of Ranmoor, Sheffield; Died Tuesday, June 8th,
1901, Aged 56 Years.

  It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of the above from concussion of the brain caused by the accidental breaking of a grinding stone whilst following his employment as a butcher’s blade grinder, he having just hung a stone, and was “racing” it when a piece flew out, inflicting injuries to his head and chest, on May 31st.

  The funeral took place on Saturday, June 22nd, the first part of the service being held in Ranmoor church. Before leaving the church for Fulwood, where the interment took place, the choir sang hymn 401, “Now the labourer’s task is o’er,” and at the graveside where the Vicar of Fulwood assisted, the Ranmoor choir sang hymn 331,  "For ever with the Lord,” a large gathering of relatives and friends being present.

  After the funeral the Ranmoor bells were rang with the bells half-muffled by a mixed company; and also on Sunday morning, Jane 23rd by the local company.

  Joining the Ranmoor company in 1883, Mr. Hinde was one of the first to learn half-pull ringing at Ranmoor, continuing an active member until he was appointed verger in 1883, after the church was rebuilt, which duties kept him out of the tower; he was also a life member of the Yorkshire Association. Speaking from the text “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might,” Ecc. ix., 10, the Vicar (Rev. J. G. Williams), said at the close of his sermon on Sunday morning, June 23rd — “ No one who knew the late verger of this church could possibly have failed to have a deep respect for his thorough Christian character, and I do not know that it has ever been my lot to know any man who more earnestly endeavoured to carry out the injunction of my text, and I take this opportunity of bearing my testimony to the faithful, loyal, conscientious manner in which he performed his duties.”

  Deceased will long be remembered in Ranmoor for his kind and charitable disposition. The very night before his death he spent in visiting a sick friend, and in recounting stories of bygone days, his remark — “Never mind, we never did anybody any harm,’’ aptly describes his dealings with others. He leaves a widow and an unmarried family, the oldest of which, another Sam, follows the same trade as his father aud grandfather, also Sam, did at the same wheel, situate in Whiteley Wood, one of the few remaining waterwheels which were in days gone by one of the features of rural Sheffield.

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