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Eugene Mortemore Magee
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Birth: May 26, 1888
Tinton Falls
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
Death: May 5, 1935
Neptune City
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Age: 46 years
Husband of Elizabeth Stryker Magee
Margaret Magee b. 1915
Eugene M. Magee Jr. b. 1916
William A. Magee b. 1917
Elizabeth A. Magee b. 1923

Eugene M. Magee Died on Sunday
Well Known Resident and Former Councilman of Red Bank Passes Away After Illness of Several Weeks.

Eugene M. Magee, one of the best known residents of this section and a former member of the Red Bank borough council, died last Sunday afternoon in Fitkin Memorial hospital at Neptune, where he had been a patient for three days. He had been in poor health for several weeks, but was able to attend to business until about two weeks ago. Sinus and teeth trouble developed into complications and he was removed to the hospital last Thursday. He was apparently better Sunday morning but his heart became affected and he sank rapidly.

Mr. Magee was 46 years old and resided on Irving place. He was a member of the men's clothing and haberdashery firm of Clayton & Magee of Broad street. Another member of the firm, James T. Clayton, died October 28, 1934.

Mr. Magee was born at Tinton Falls and was the son of the late Eugene and Lucina H. Shutts Magee. He moved to Red Bank thirty years ago, at the age of sixteen, and had resided in this borough ever since. For many years he was a salesman in the J. Kridel clothing store, but left this store at the organization of the firm of Clayton & Magee.

"Gene" Magee, as he was popularly known by his host of friends, was a tenor of prominence and his services for shows and meetings staged by fraternal, civic and church organizations were always in great demand. He was one of the organizers of the Craft choristers, composed of Masonic lodge members of this section of the county, and had been president of that organization since its inception.

Mr. Magee was one of the most prominent and active members of the Red Bank Baptist church, serving as its moderator. He was president of the board of trustees of the church, was recently elected treasurer of the church, was president of the choir, chairman of the new organ committee and a former president of the Men's league. He was also affiliated with the Men's brotherhood of the Presbyterian church.

Mr. Magee was a charter member and a former president of the Red Bank Lions club and was just completing a term as deputy district governor of the Asbury Park district of the Lions organization. He was active in fraternal circles, being senior deacon of Mystic Brotherhood lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Red Bank, a member of Navesink lodge of Odd Fellows of Red Bank and the Red Bank council of Royal Arcanum. He was an exempt fireman, having served for many years with the Independent engine company. He was also a member of the Swimming river country club.

For many years Mr. Magee had been a member of the board of directors of the Red Bank building and loan association and at the annual election of the board last March was elected treasurer of the association. He was a Republican in politics and served two terms as a member of the Red Bank borough council. At the time of his death he was a member of the election board of the seventh district.

Mr. Magee is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Stryker Magee; two daughters, Misses Margaret and Elizabeth Magee; two sons, Eugene M. Magee, Jr., and William A. Magee, all of whom lived with him; a sister Mrs. Blanche Lesh of Red Bank, and a brother, Fred Magee of Long Branch.

Tribute to the memory of Mr. Magee was paid by members of the Lions club Tuesday night at their regular meeting at the Elks club. President Edwin R. Conover declared the loss of the club's former president was not only a great blow to local Lionism, but would be felt keely by the organization in the state, which he had served as deputy district governor.

Larry Laros played several hymns on the piano and Jack Rohrey sang "The Vacant Chair," accompanied at the piano by Mr. LaRos. Rev. Edward W. Miller, pastor of the Baptist church, read a poem entitled, "Life," which he said he felt had deep significance to Mr. Magee's activities. He then delivered a eulogy, using as his test, "He Was My Friend." The memorial service closed with a prayer, led by Mr. Miller, in which all members took part.

The funeral, which was held yesterday afternoon at three o'clock at the Baptist church, was one of the largest ever to be held in Red Bank. More than 800 persons taxed the capacity of the church and many others filled the lawn outside. More than seventy large floral tributes were banked on the pulpit and about the casket.

Rev. Edward W. Miller, pastor of the church and a close friend of the deceased, officiated. He chose as his theme the subject, "Life," and eulogized Mr. Magee for his many activities in church, musical, fraternal, business, social and political life of the borough.

Larry Laros, church organist and also a close friend of Mr. Magee's, played three of Mr. Magee's favorite hymns on the new organ, which was obtained largely through his untiring efforts. The hymns were "Abide With Me," "In the Cross of Christ I Glory" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee."

The Craft choristers, of which Mr. Magee was one of the organizers in 1930, sang the hymn, "The City Four Square." Members of the Masonic lodge, numbering 125 and led by Worshipful Master Frederick T. Hurley, also took part in the service.

Also present were Mayor Charles R. English, members of the borough council, a large delegation of Red Bank and Fair Haven firemen in uniform, led by Chief George C. Worthley of Red Bank, members of the Lions club, officers of the Red Bank building and loan association, members of Navesink lodge of Odd Fellows, Red Bank council of the Royal Arcanum, Cavalry veterans' association and the Swimming River country club. The Boy Scout troop of the Baptist church served as a guard of honor.

Led by an escort of Red Bank police, the funeral cortege moved from the church to Cooper's bridge. The automobile trucks of Independent engine company conveyed the floral pieces and members of the Red Bank and Fair Haven fire departments were in line.

The bearers, all close friends of the deceased, were Harry B. Clayton, George W. Bray, Edwin R. Conover, Lester C. Lovett, Warren Minton and Homer C. Methot. Burial in charge of the Worden funeral home, was in Fair View cemetery.

Masonic services were conducted at the grave by Past Master Charles A. Minton, who served as worshipful master, and David H. Bennett, who was chaplain. Rev. Mr. Miller led the closing prayers and gave the benediction.

Red Bank Register - 9 May 1935
Family links: 
  Eugene Magee (1859 - 1912)
  Lucina H. Shutts Magee (1861 - 1916)
  Blanche Magee Lesh (1882 - 1960)*
  Frederick Magee (1886 - 1964)*
  Eugene Mortemore Magee (1888 - 1935)
*Calculated relationship
Fair View Cemetery
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
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Eugene Mortemore Magee
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