Obituary: James Ryan Caddy 1931

 Obituary – The West Australian

A very old resident of Northam in the person of Sir. James Caddy died in the Northam Hospital on Tuesday evening, December 15. Born at Nottingham, where his father conducted engineering works, he sailed for Australia as a young man with his wife and infant son in the ‘Lady Douglas’ arriving at Fremantle in August, 1885. He established iron works in Northam on two occasions. He took a keen interest in the Northam Volunteer Fire Brigade and five of his seven sons have been enthusiastic firemen, two of them being on the permanent staff of the Metropolitan Fire Station.

Ref: The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), Tuesday 22 December 1931, page 5


Obituary – Northam Advertiser

A very old resident of Northam in the person of Mr James Caddy died at the Northam Hospital on Tuesday evening last. Although he had not enjoyed good health for some years past, it was not until last Saturday that he was compelled to go into hospital, heart trouble being the cause. His condition became worse and it was realised that there was no hope of recovery. The late Mr Caddy was born in Nottingham where his father conducted engineering works. Sometime after his marriage, he decided to come to Western Australia and with his wife and infant son (Tom) left England in the sailing ship “Lady Douglas” arriving at Fremantle in August 1885. In partnership with the late Mr Tomlinson, the founder of the present firm of Tomlinson Bros., Mr Caddy established iron works in premises in Wellington Street on the site now occupied by Westralian Farmers. After a few years the partnership was dissolved and the deceased entered into the employ of the late Mr J McDowell, the contractor for the Eastern Railway line that was being built. He became a ganger and worked right through to the head of the line. On its completion, in partnership with the late Mr E T Henley, he established the Avonside Iron Works on the site now occupied by Messrs J J Golding & Co. Later he retired from the partnership and took up the position of brass and iron moulder with Messrs H & H Withnell in whose employ he remained until five years ago when ill-health compelled him to relinquish work. When the Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in Northam he took a keen interest in its affairs and it may be attributable to that fact that no less than five of his sons have been ardent firemen. One son (Tom) was captain of the brigade, another, the late James Caddy, was the first permanent officer in charge of the Northam Fire Station when it was brought under the control of the Fire Brigade Board, whilst two others, Jack and Norman are on the permanent staff of the Metropolitan Fire Station. Generous almost to a fault and of a most jovial disposition the deceased gentleman had many friends who will mourn his demise. His widow and family of seven sons (Messrs. Tom, Jack, William, Norman, Reg, Dave and Edward Caddy) and two daughters (Mrs R Taylor and Miss F Caddy) died some years ago.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended by mourners. The interment was :- the Anglican portion of the Northam Cemetery the Rev A Haining officiating at the graveside. The chief mourners were Messrs Tom, William, Norman, Reg, Dave and Edward Caddy (sons). (The other son, Jack was unable to attend owing to illness.) Mr W Caddy (brother) Messrs, R Taylor, H Herbert and R Foley (sons-in-law) and several grandsons. The pallbearers were the Mayor (Mr O Northev), Messrs H G Withnell, J Hill, W W Gilligan, A Wright and W T Henley.

The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Messrs J W Purslowe and Sons.

Ref: Northam Advertiser Saturday, Dec 19, 1931 pg 3 

Article supplied by Wendy Chapman


James Ryan Caddy Death Notice

CADDY. — On December 16, at Northam, James,beloved husband of Constance Annie, lovingfather of Thomas, Helen (deceased), James(deceased), Annie, Florence (deceased), John,Vera, William, Norman, Albert, Reginald andEdwin; fond brother of W. H. Caddy; aged 72years.Peacefully sleeping.

Ref: The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), Friday 18 December 1931, page 1


MRS. JAMES CADDY, senior, and Family, desire to express their sincere THANKS to Dr. Beamish for his attention to the late Mr. Caddy; also all kind friends for letters, cards, and telegrams of sympathy, on the occasion of their recent sad bereavement.

Ref: The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), Wednesday 30 December 1931, page 1

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