Obituary of Thomas B. Saving, died 1891

This obituary, provided by Geoff Kirk, was printed in the Buckingham Advertiser on 2 January 1892. The deceased's full name was Thomas Brum Saving (Brum deriving from his grandmother Elizabeth Brum).

Death of Mr. Thomas B. Saving of Winslow.

We regret to announce the death of Mr. Thomas B. Saving, of Winslow, which took place on Wednesday, 23rd December, at the age of 63 years. The portly form of Mr. Saving was familiar on many a Liberal platform, and he was ever a steadfast champion of civil and religious liberty. When other men from consideration of policy hesitated to denounce injustice and oppression, he boldly mounted the breach and proved himself the friend, adviser, and helper of the labouring poor. When the Labourer's Union struggle took place some years ago under Joseph Arch, he raised his voice on behalf of the agricultural labourers; he was also one of the first delegates from Winslow to the North Bucks Liberal Two Hundred. Deceased was a staunch Nonconformist of the old puritan type; many years since he tilted a lance with the Vicar of an adjoining parish against the Ritualistic innovations introduced into the parish Church there, and in the newspaper correspondence which followed he proved himself to be no weak opponent. He also took part in the struggle against church rates, and long before the passing of the Burial Act, he as a protest stood in the footpath adjoining the Church-yard and held a funeral service over a member of his own denomination. In the past days he was often heard pleading for the enfranchisement of the working man and the undenominational education of his children; for this purpose he strove right manfully through evil and through good report to establish a School Board at Winslow - for this he suffered much petty persecution, even his little holding of glebe land being taken from him. He was "a man mighty in the Scriptures," a local preacher among the Calvinistic Baptists, frequently occupying the pulpit of the little antique "Meeting-house" at Winslow, proving himself a worthy successor to Benjamin Keach, who 230 years before suffered heavy fines and imprisonment for daring to preach the gospel there. He was a most welcome preacher among the denomination for many miles around, being frequently called upon to speak in such popular places as London, Manchester, Northampton, &c., his labours being blessed with success. It may truly be said of him -

"He flattered none, he knew no hate nor fear,
But taught the will of God, and did it here."

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon last, the ceremony being held at the secluded Old Baptist Chapel, and conducted by Mr. A. White, of North-Marston. Signs of the respect in which deceased was held were manifest at nearly every place of business on the route between his house and the chapel, and in addition to his numerous sons and daughters and other relatives, quite a number of people assembled to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of one of Winslow's sons, who, as a tradesman, frequently deserved the title of an honest man - among them being Mr. Wiggins (East Claydon), Mr. W. King (Nash), Mr. G. Whichello, Mr. Jas. East, Mr. John Elley, Mr. M. Fulks, Mr. A.G. Stevens, Mr. E.J. French, Mr. R. Coxill, Mr. A. Clear, Mr. W. Gibbs, Mr. G. Dunkley, &c.

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