HAMILTON SPECTATOR (Hamilton, ON)
October 3rd, 1902, page 1, column 5
Many relatives and friends gathered at the residence of the late Thomas ATKINSON yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock to pay a last tribute. After the usual service at the home the funeral cortege wended its way to the Hamilton cemetery, where the interment took place. Reverend Mr. MARTIN, of Erskine church, officiated at the house and grave. The large attendance showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held, and by his straightforward course through life had gained for himself a host of friends, who deeply regret his demise. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful, including a pillow, wreath and crescent from members of the family: pillow, C.O.C.F,; wreath, Hamilton Teamsters’ association; pillow, Mr & Mrs O’BRIEN; anchor, Miss EYDTE and others; sprays, Mr & Mrs. John CROFT and others. The deceased leaves to mourn his loss a widow, six sons and two daughters. Brothers and sisters from a distance attended the funeral. The pallbearers were: Messrs. DINGWALL, FAIRCLOUGH, DOURSEY, CROFT, DEAN and KEYWORTH. The deceased was a members of Maple Leaf council, Chosen Friends. The council did not turn out in body, but was well represented.
NOTE: COCF = Canadian Order of Chosen Friends was a fraternal society started in 1887. It was based on the American Order from the early 1880s, and formed when Canadian friends became disenchanted with its position because of the large number of death claims in the United States that had an affect on the levies (premiums), which Canadian members had to pay. It was the precursor of the Reliable Life Insurance Company.