Another Old Timer Passes Away
One by one, the old timers who have laid the foundation of the Red Deer District are passing to the Great Beyond.
On this occasion we pay tribute to the memory of Capt. Charles Edward McCune, who died on Friday morning, February 10, at his home in the Shady Nook district, at the ripe old age of 81 years.
Deceased was born at Carrickfergus, Ireland, on May 28th, 1840, and was married to Miss Nessie Gibson, of Newtownards, County Down, on November 29th, 1866.
As a young man he was a seaman, with an enviable record. He sailed as Commodore Captain in the Burns Employ, sailing from Belfast to Ardrossan; he also had the station from Dublin to Silouth and Liverpool. One of his most remarkable achievements was on the night of the Tay Bridge disaster, December 28th, 1879, when he succeeded in bringing his boat safely to shore in spite of the raging elements. An estimate of his prowess may be formed from the fact that he was commonly known as the Fog Captain.
Leaving Belfast, Ireland, in 1883, he sought out a home in America, and settled at Lebannon, Missouri, where he farmed for several years.
On the 12th day of July, 1899, he arrived in Red Deer, taking up a homestead 11 miles southwest of the present city, where he lived until the day of his death.
He leaves a widow , his companion in joys in sorrows for 55 years, five sons and one daughter to mourn his loss. The members of the family are Oscar, of Strome, Alta; William, of Los Angeles, California; Charles, Herbert and Alfred, of Red Deer, and Mrs. Lachlan Kennedy, Red Deer.
He was a Presbyterian in religion, and a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He was intensely loyal as most north of Ireland men are, and never lost an opportunity to display his flag or show his colors.
A pioneer citizen of sterling qualities has passed from our midst, and the Red Deer district, which has benefitted by his presence, is the poorer because of his demise. One of his hobbies has been the growing of crab-apples, with which he has had remarkable success for several years. On more than one occasion The News has had the priviledge of displaying samples of the fruit in the office.
The funeral was held on Monday at 2 p.m. from the Jacques-Orme Funeral Home, Rev. W. G. Brown officiating. The remains were borne to the Red Deer Cemetery and gently laid away by the loving hands of his four sons who acted as pallbearers.
Red Deer News, February 15, 1922, page 1
Alberta Death Index
Name: Charles E McCune
Death Date: 1922
Death Place: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Registration Number: 38
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