Capt. the Hon. Otway Cuffe

This is the death notice that appeared in "The Western Australian" on 10th January 1912

The cremated remains of the late Captain the Honourable Otway Frederick Seymour Cuffe, of Sheestown House, Kilkenny, Ireland, heir and brother to the Earl of Desart, and ex-Mayor of the City of Kilkenny, who died at Fremantle on the 3rd inst.,were interred in the Church of England portion of the Fremantle Cemetery on Monday morning last at 9.45 a.m., at St. John’s Church, Fremantle.

A choral service was conducted by the rector, the Rev. Canon Moore, after which the funeral cortege proceeded to the place of interment where Canon Moore also officiated, assisted by his choir. The chief mourners were:-Mr. Howard Brooke(Ireland) and Captain Selby Smyth, the Governor’s A.D.C. The ashes were interred in an oak casket, with silver plate bearing the inscription, “Otway Cuffe, died 3rd Jan.,1912, aged 58 years.” The casket was borne to the graveside by several natives of Kilkenny, viz., Cr. James Healy, J.P., High Chief Ranger, Irish National Foresters: and Messrs. J. F. O’Grady, Irish National Foresters: D. Calvin, Irish War Pipe Band; Thomas Doogue and P. O. Dwyer, of the Perth Hurling Club.

Wreaths were received from the following:–The Honourable Mrs. O. Cuffe, Lord Desart, Ellen Lady Desart, Lord.and Lady Amherst, Mr. Howard Brooke, the Honourable Mrs. Alcock, Lord St. Levan and family, the employees at Sheestown, the employees at Talbot’s Inch, and Mr. and Mrs. Standish O’Grady.

The cremation and funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Arthur E. Davies and Co., of Fremantle. The late Captain Otway Cuffe was a distinguished Irishman, and the news of his death at Fremantle as the result of an attack of pneumonia contracted on the German mail steamer Seydlitz whilst he was on a voyage to Australia will be received with great regret by the Irish people. From particulars supplied to us by an intimate friend of the deceased, it appears that his interests were many and varied. The object to which his efforts were constantly directed, and with which his thoughts were constantly engaged, was the betterment of the conditions of the people of Ireland. With the help of his sister-in-law, Ellen Lady Desart, he built and started-a large woollen mill at Greenvale, Kilkenny, which is now in a flourishing condition. In the same neighbourhood he started another industry by erecting a furniture factory, which now gives employment to nearly 100 hands. In connection with these places he built a fine model village, which is inhabited by the people employed at the factory and the mill, and by those who are engaged in the growing of tobacco, another local industry which owed its inauguration to Captain Cuffe.

As president of the Irish Industrial Association he did much good work for the protection and revival of Irish Industries.The Gaelic League of Ireland was an organisation in which he took a deep interest, and he was president of the league for his province. He was twice unanimously elected Mayor of Kilkenny, and among other benefits conferred by him on the town was the erection of a theatre.

A munificent patron of outdoor sports he took special delight in the national pastime of hurling, and presented a magnificent silver shield, to be competed for by the four provinces of Ireland. There was no man whose heart was more readily touched by a case of sickness or distress, or whose hand was more ready to relieve it. He subscribed largely, from his means, to all the local charities without regard to creed. In him the people of the Kilkenny district have lost a good friend, and Ireland a patriotic son.


The Western Australian, 10th January 1912


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