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 William Carry

William Carry

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Death 1928 (aged 74–75)
Burial Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
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Mr. William Carry, one of the oldest members of the Masonic fraternity in Newport, died Christmas morning at the Hospital where he had been two weeks today. Two years ago last summer he underwent several operations and was at the hospital four months. On returning, he was apparently in his former health, but during the past summer and autumn he suffered from neuritis and rheumatism. He was able to be at work until two weeks ago, when he went to the Hospital for observation. Friday, December 11, he suffered a severe relapse and failed steadily until his death, which was due to a complication of diseases.

Mr. Carry was born in Devonshire, England, September 7, 18??, so of William and Sarah McAdam Carry, and after serving in apprenticeship in a large dry goods house in London came to Newport in the early seventies and was employed for several years in a fruit store of Carry Brothers, of which his father was a member. Later he was employed as a clerk for the late Fred H. Coggeshall, and conducted a fruit store on Bellevue avenue, having an excellent patronage among the summer residents. He was then employed at the repair shops of the Old Colony Steamboat Company, and for several years was engaged in the management of the Bay Voyage Hotel, Jamestown. He was for several summers employed at Newport Beach as superintendent. About 10 years he was appointed agent and caretaker of Masonic Hall and for the past two years had been exclusively engaged in that business.

The deceased was a member of the various bodies of the Masonic fraternity, having joined St. John's Lodge December 13, 1880, and at his death was the oldest member, with two exceptions, of that organization. He was also a member of Newport Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; DeBlois Council, Royal and Select Masters; Washington Commandery, Knights Templar; Rolan Grotto, Paestine Temple of the Shrine, and Aquidneck Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. He was the oldest past thrice illustrious master of DeBlois Council, a past patron of Aquidneck Chapter of the Eastern Star, and at his death was tyler of St. John's Lodge, sentinel of Newport Chapter and SeBlois Council, and sentinel and armorer of Washington Commandery. He was a charter member of Palestine Temple, Ancient Arable Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (the Shriners, so called), which wass instituted in Newport in 1886, and held the office of first ceremonial master for four years, until the Temple was removed to Providence.

As agent and caretaker of Masonic hall he met the members of various organizations which rented the hall for dances and other entertainments, and had won the high regard of all for his painstaking and constant care of their interests. He was widely known among the Masons of Rhode Island, having a general acquaintance in all branches of the order, and was also well known in other staffs, where he had made fraternal visits with Washington Commandery and the Shriners.

He became a life member of St. John's Lodge on the fortieth anniversary of his initiation, a member of Van Rensselaer Lodge of Protection in 1917, and through the various Lodges of the Scottish ? branches of Masonry became a 32nd degree Mason. The recent annual election of St. John's Lodge, at which he was re-appointed tyler, was the first annual meeting he had missed in 47 years.

Mr. Carry was also a member of the Miantonomi Club and of Malbone Lodge, New England Order of Protection, and of the local branch of the Red Cross Society. He was a member of Trinity Church.

He had made several trips to Bermuda, the last time in 1927, and thereby to his post of friends. He was frequently called upon to tell of his travels and his visits to Bermuda, at gatherings of organizations of which he was a member, and among his friends told many interesting stories of his experiences upon that island and in other places. His rememberences always adding zest and pleasure in any gathering. He had friends in all walks of life throughout the city and it was his greatest pleasure to make friends with the children of the neighborhood where was located.

Mr. Carry married in 1882. Miss Ida J., daughter of James A. Brown, and she died Decemeber 30, 1922, leaving no children. After his wife's death, Mr. Carry lived with his brother, the late Robert J. Carry, and since his return from the Hospital in 1926 had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Hammett, on School street.

He is survived by a half-brother, Mr. Alfred Louis Carry; two half-sisters, Miss Ida Carry and Mrs. Sanford T. Gladding, and several nephews and nieces. His brother, Mr. Robert J. Carry, died June 2, 1927.

Newport Mercury And Weekly News; Newport, Rhode Island.
December 28, 1928; Page Three
dm wms (#47395868).


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 53638454
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Carry (1853–1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53638454, citing Island Cemetery, Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Ann White (contributor 47135050) .