After 48 years’ active connection seafaring Captain George Edward Lea, O.B.E., passed away in the Goole Bartholomew Hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 60 years after a brief illness. Captain Lea, who was for 16 years a master with the Goole Steam Shipping fleet and an equal number of years Dock and Harbour master at Goole, was a Goole Borough Councillor and attended the monthly meeting on Wednesday evening week.
Captain Lea was a familiar and popular figure in the port, and was also well known to many visitors and conducted many parties around the docks on tours of inspection. His sudden passing will be greatly regretted by a wide circle of friends.
Captain Lea who lived at Harbour House, Hook Road, Goole, was the third of five sons, all of whom followed the sea, of the late Captain Joseph Lea who was one of the pioneer master mariners trading from the port of Goole. At the early age of twelve, in 1891, he started his career on the barque, Coimbatore, of Liverpool, and his first voyage took him as far afield as New Zealand. The Coimbatore was owned by Messrs. Thomas Rome and Messrs. Eyre and Evens of Liverpool, and in her, and the Barque, Vellore, owned by the same firm, he severed a five years apprenticeship, during which he sailed nearly all over the world. Completing his indentures, he next served with Messrs. Ritson’s Branch Line vessels from Sunderland. He secured his second mate’s certificate at 22 and was junior officer with Branch Line. Later he gained his foreign master’s certificate.
Returning to Goole, Captain Lea served with the West Riding Steamship Co. Ltd. In 1906 he transferred to the Goole Steam shipping fleet, then under the control of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, Later to be absorbed by the L.M.S. His first command with G.S.S. was in 1907, when he became master of the S.S. Cuxhaven.
For 17 years he remained with the Goole Steam Shipping as master, serving during the whole of the wars years, when the vessels were engaged on arduous and dangerous service duties. He was with the Ouse and the Alt running munitions and supplies from Newhaven to French ports, and in addition spent time in the S.S. Mersey cable-laying for the Admiralty. For his excellent services during the war he was awarded the decoration of the Order of the British Empire a much deserved honour.
His last command with the G.S.S. was the S.S. Ouse and in August 1923, he was appointed Dock and Harbour Master at Goole for the Aire and Calder Navigation, the post also carrying with it that of Goole Pilot for The Humber Conservancy Board. He filled these positions in a most satisfactory manor until his passing. He was thoroughly acquainted with the river and the vagaries of its channels and was connected during his sixteen years as Harbour Master with many improvements to the port.
In November 1937, Captain Lea was returned unopposed for the East Ward as a member of the Borough Council and he readily showed his aptitude for local government affairs. He was vice-chairman of the Health and sanitation Committee. There will of course, be a by-election in the East ward as a result of his passing. He was for many years an active and valuable member of the Goole Chamber of Commerce and Shipping, and a few months ago he was elected to the Council of the Chamber. He was prominent in Freemasonry, having been Worshipful Master of the Goole (Aire and Calder) Lodge in 1935-36, and this year’s Principal of the Royal Arch Chapter (No.485). The Carlisle Methodist Church has by his death lost a lifelong adherent and worker, Captain Lea was a Younger Brother of Trinity House and had served as a Steward.
Sympathy is extended to the widow and two sons and two daughters who are bereaved.
When the health and Sanitation Committee of the Corporation met on Tuesday tributes were paid to Captain Lea’s work as a member of the Council.
The chairman (Councillor A. Moody) said his passing had cast a shadow over the whole of the borough and the whole of the Council particularly the Health and Sanitation Committee of which he was vice-chairman. They all knew him as a very able councillor, who entered fearlessly into all discussion. His technical knowledge and ability helped in framing the borough’s policy. They were sorry to lose him for he was helpful a fine type of gentleman.
The town Clerk (Mr. A.C. Bradbury), on behalf of the officials of the Corporation, associated with the chairman’s remarks said they looked upon Captain Lea not only as a councillor but as a friend. He would be missed inside and outside the council chamber.
The members stood in silence for a minute in Captain Lea’s memory.
There were many manifestations of the regard in which Captain Lea was held at the funeral, yesterday afternoon. Every seat in the Carlisle Terrace Methodist Church school room was occupied. There were large bodies of representatives from the A.C.N., the Corporation, Freemasons, and the shipping community in the port.
The service was taken by the Rev. H. Fox. (Supt. Minister), assisted by the Rev. R. R. Collier. Mr. A. J. Oates was at the organ.
The Rev. H. Fox paid warm tributes to the chapter and work of the late Captain Lea. He spoke of his close connection with the Carlisle Terrace Church and assured the bereaved ones of the church sympathy. The large congregation he said was the best evidence of the high esteem in which he had been held by all sections of the community. The fact that he had been honoured by the decoration of O.B.E., was a signal mark of his devotion to the national cause. He had reached one of the highest places in his chosen profession, and the presence of such a large number of his colleagues testified to the regard of those who had been most closely associated with him. He had done splendid work during his eighteen months as a member of the Borough Council, and the zeal with which ha had entered into the service had been characteristic of him. He had high qualities of character, an unswerving devotion to duty, and a strength of purpose coupled with meekness, kindness and geniality.
The immediate mourners were: Mrs Lea (widow) Mr G E Lea, Mr C W Lea (sons), Mr and Mrs J C Green (son in law and daughter), Miss E M Lea (daughter), Captain and Mrs S Lea (brother and sister in law), Mr and Mrs E Gunnill (brother in law and sister), Mr and Mrs E Gunnill (brother in law and sister), Mr and Mrs H D Moore (brother in law and sister in law), Miss Clara Moore (sister in law), Mrs J T Ramsey, and Mrs Burnett (aunts) Mrs Acaster, Mr W C Ramsey, Mrs M and D Lumley, Mrs Marland, Mrs C Tree, Mrs E Bryan, Crowle, Mr J G Powles Mr and Mrs G K Moore, Miss F Moore, (cousins), Mrs and Mrs W S Lea, Mr and Mrs D Lea, Mr L V Gunill, Mr S Gunill, (nephews and nieces), Mr W H Flower, Miss W Blyth and Miss J Beck.
There were a number of representatives from the Aire and Calder Navigation, including Sir John Englesome, K.C.M.G., managing director Mr H B Emley, who has been appointed general manager, Mr J Davidson (accountant), Mr G R Fenton (engineer), Mr H Stanley (secretary), Mr H V Riley (traffic Manager), Mr C W J Mountford (Assistant engineer), Mr J Wood: Goole clerical staff, Messrs. C W Rudge (agent), D C Spink (assistant agent), W Longthorn, E Stockdale, E Fell, F Clayton, T E Addy, H Moy, A E Hague, F Hill, S R Wilson, A Steel, G N Abram, J M Scott, W Higgins, J E Caukill, Miss M K Collier, Mr A Blades (Hull agent), Mr S Child (Castleford agent), Mr F Schlegel (Blacktoft Jetty-Master), Mr J S Wilson (river i8nspector), Mr C Marlaud (mechanical superintendant), Inspector I Burnard, Inspector C H Scott, Inspector Myton, Mr W H Palmer (coal inspector) Mr T Gawtry (sub-inspector), Mr W Rushworth (Wharfinger), Mr W Ransden (canal inspector); Goole docks staff Messrs. W Raywood, D Jackson, and H Binnington (assistant dock master), Mr R G Smedley (chief berthing master), Messrs. M Gofton, J keough, D Collier, and R Gunill (assistant berthing masters), Mr W T Brears (keel inspector), Lockgateman A W Walker, H Barrett, A Audas, C Guest, C H Blanchard, and E Richardson, Messrs. W T Fish and C Marshall (dry dock attendants), H V Mayes, T Woolass, H Mourby, J Longley, and J Colley (bridge attendants), C H Hambler, J Buck, H Thomson, F Theaker, and J Crawley (assistant bridge attendants). Six lockgatemen, Messrs. W Dudding, E Chafer, G Walker, E Morton, N Bruyee, and E J Chafer, acted as bearers.
The Corporation was represented by the Mayor (Alderman A Kirby), Deputy Mayor (Alderman T Temple J.P.), Alderman T E kettlewell, Alderman S G Bevan, J.P., Alderman E Creek, Councillors C P Wadsworth, R Jolly, W H Harper, T Fearhead, A Banning, J F Chambers, R Heptonstall, G Shipley, N G Silester, and W R Moncaster, Mr A C Bradbury (Town Clerk), Dr A M Erskin, (Medical Officer), Mr J H Castle, (Engineer), Mr W E Dulson (Accountant), Mr R O Black, (Sanitary Inspector) My U Wood, (Librarian), Mr T Johnson (mace bearer), Mr S walker, Mr G H Saxton, and Mr H Kay (representing Mr A F Yeates, gas and water manager), Major T A B Elliott, representing the joint ARP Committee and Mr J W C Temple the Fire Brigade.
The Aire and Calder Lodge of Freemasons was represented by Brother A W Tree, WM, Brothers J Crabtree, PM, L A Coxen, PM, R E Taylor, PM, A E Smith, PM, A H L Glew, PM, J H Earnshaw, PM, F Taylor, PM, S B Atkinson, PM, and H Needham, PM, Brothers W P Coldbridge, H Tate, J G Watson, P Pratt, J J Barker, R H Sherwood, H H Sherwood, H Fawbert, G Greenfield, F Redford, H broom, W Ckarke, J Cunningham, T F Depledge, F H Ellicott, H Collier, G W Smith, T Maddick, C W Chambers, G W Howard, J W Cooper, I Ward, H Sunderland, S Driffill, and S Cook. The Londesborough Lodge (No734) Bridlington, was represented by Brothers W P ellis and C H Smith, St Cuthberts Lodge Howden was represented by Brother W B Howdle. Among the many others present were Mr G W Townsend J.P., Mr G D Holmes J.P., Mrs Holmes, Mr F W Porter CC, Mr A W Atkinson (E P Atkinson and sons), Mr F Atkinson (Chamber of Commerce), Mr A Townsend (Representing Wm France Fenwick and Co. Ltd.), Mr P H Earnshaw, Mr J H Eastwood, Mr J W Mapplebeck (Associated Humber Lines), Mr E Davies and Mr H E Steele (LMS Railway), Mr Graves Blyth, Mr J Wetherall, Mr P Burkill, Mr W Yonhill, (A Lacy and Co.) Mr F Bleasdale and Mr G S Wrycroft, (W Bleasdale and Co.), Mr G Grabb, (representing Mr A W Franklin secretary Humber Conservatory Board), Mr H Glenworth, Mr H Smith, Mr A Lockwood, Mr T B Maw, (Brown, Atkinson and Co. Ltd.) Mr A M Cook, Mr H E Potter (T Ward and Co.) Mr Powell, Captain D N Hutchinson, Captain Willmott, Mr G W Durham (representing Mr J B Bennet chairman Humber Conservatory Board), Mr Smith, Bridligton, Mr H Linton, Mr F Fish, Mr A V G Beck, Mr A Johnson, Dr Eric Jackson,Hull, Mr F Stainton, Mr C R Ingleby, (representing Commander Clementson), Capt H Montgomery and Capt J Cole (representing Trinity House, Hill), Mr P Goulden, Mr T H Mobbs, Mr H Garforth (Atkinson and Prickett), Mr F Hobson (Hargreaves and Sons), Mr W Linsley, (Yorkshire Shippers), Mr A Harnew (Goole Steam Ship Owners’ Association), Mr W Shay (Shipping federation, Ltd.), Mr A P costain (H. M. Customs), Mr B Lamb, Goole Pilots present were Pilots Ashton, Ayre, and Mapplebeck, Police were represented by Inspector Hooton (representing Supt. W Watson), P.s Lake, P.c.s Hothersall, Shand Marshall and Ross.
Representatives of the Churches were Messrs. F Prentice, H Fish, H Smith, J Precious, Mrs Hinsley, Mrs Hatcliffe, Miss E M Dews, Mrs F L Wallace, Mr E E Person, Mr H P Hatcliffe, Mrs Hanstock, Mr R Sherburn, Mr G Bellamy, Mrs Brazier, Mr W Penistone, Mrs Crabtree, Mrs C W Chambers, Nurse Ellis, Mrs P Pratt and Mrs Lamb.
Flowers were sent by:- A sorrowing wife; Muriel Eddie and Charlie; Edna and John; Joseph and Jennie; Stephen and Honor; Herbert, Florrie and Mary; Clara and Elsie; Lillian, Willie and daughters; Jim and Laura; Charlie, Edna, Bess, Susie, Ethel (California), Jose (British Columbia); Sadie and Anthony (Leeds); Florrie, Dolly and George Peggy and Donald; Auntie and Uncle Ramsey, Gwen, Cecil, Katie and Doreen; Hilda and Ben; Norah and Bert (Devon); Mary and all at Cecil House; Maud, Dora and Edie; Mable; Stanley, Jessie and Margaret; Friend Doris; Raymond Geoffrey and Tony; Ena and Charlie; James Marian and Wallace; Mrs Flower and Bill; Ernest and Family; Mrs Milner; G D Holmes; Mr and Mrs A V G Beck and Joan; Mr and Mrs T M Woodhead; Mr and Mrs Jackson and Ethel; Mr O Chambers; Mr and Mrs C P Wadsworth, Capt and Mrs Newlove; 87 Hook Road; Mr and Mrs Blyth; Winnie and Jack; Margaret Flower; H Gill and family; Capt and Mrs Platt; Mr H H Broughton; Mr and Mrs A W Tree; Liuet. G A Tree, RN; Capt Sykes; Capt and Mrs Cole; Mr and Mrs R E Taylor; S A Drury and Boatman; WM and PM officers and brethren, A and C Lodge Freemasons No 458; Customs Waterguard staff; Officers and members; N.A.G.O.; Minister, officials and members of Carlisle Terrace Church; A and CN chairman and directors; A and CN officials and staff; Andrew M Jackson (collector, Hull); The Lower Humber Pilot Service; The officers and companions of the Aire and Calder Chapter of the Royal Arch Freemasons; The dock staff; The Mayor, Alderman and Councillors, and chief officials of the Borough of Goole; All Friends at Messrs. W bleasdale and Co.; The Goole Pilots at Goole; Marine Superintendent, captains, officers and engineers of the G.S.S. and Associated Lines; Bridge and dry dock attendants; Lockgatemen; Goole Repair Yard; Goole Steam Ship Owners’ Association; The Goole clerical staff of the A and CN; France, Fenwick and Co. Ltd.