'Sudden Death of Canon Hope of Barwick-in-Elmet'
The death of the Rev. Canon Charles Augustus Hope MA which took place in Leeds yesterday afternoon is all the more deplorable on account of its terrible suddenness. For a few years the rev. gentleman had shown signs of increasing age and two serious operations within the last two or three years had left him in a somewhat weak state. He was however able to get about as usual.
Yesterday he paid one of his periodic visits to Leeds and made several calls. It was noticed that he was in a particularly cheerful mood and there was a genuine heartiness in the way in which he wished everybody he met a happy new year.
About 4 o'clock he was walking down Albion St. on the way to the station. When near the Cooperative Stores he was seen to stagger as if about to fall backwards. A man named John Croft, who lives in Freehold Street, was close to him at that moment and seizing hold of him tried to hold him up but he was able to do no more than to check his fall.
Not a word was spoken by the Canon and only a choking sound was heard. Police Constable Mitchell and other officers quickly arrived and a horse ambulance was sent for but it was no use for it was all too painfully apparent that the rev. gentleman was dead.
The body was taken to the mortuary in Millgarth St. and later in the evening the arrival, of Mr Hope's two sons accompanied by Mr T R Jessop, surgeon, it was with the consent of the coroner later taken to Mr Jessop's home in Park Square.
In the meantime Mrs Hope had returned to Barwick and it was a great shock to her when the terrible truth was revealed to her. As Mr Jessop who attended the rev. gentleman was able to certify that he had suffered from heart disease, it will not be necessary to hold an inquest.
The obituary notice includes the details of Canon Hope's education already described and, in commenting on his long stay here, continues:
"In that quiet country parish he was content to labour for almost half a century". In describing his interest in social affairs, the obituary goes on to say:
"The poor especially had a friend in him and he was ever ready to help those in distress".