Death of William Calderhead




Yesterday (Thursday) the grave closed over the remains of the late Mr William Calderhead, whose death took place at his residence at Roman Camp on Monday evening after a short illness, the news of which caused a feeling of deep and sincere regret amongst his many friends in the district, and probably more especially amongst the employees of the Roman Camp Works, where he had been employed as foreman engineer for nearly thirty years.

Deceased, who was 63 years of age, was born at Cairneyhill in the parish of Carnock, Fife, and commenced his apprenticeship as an engineer, with Messrs Scott, shipbuilders, Inverkeithing, afterwards being employed with a similar firm in Glasgow. Coming to Broxburn over 40 years ago, he was employed with the Broxburn Oil Company, for ten years in the refining works, and on the death of the late Mr John West, succeeded him as foreman engineer at the Roman Camp Works of the same company, a position which he held until the time of his death. His length of service is itself sufficient to indicate the esteem in which he was held by those in higher authority, and while giving every attention to the interests of his employers, he coupled this with fair consideration for those under his charge.

Main Street, Cairneyhill

Deceased was a member of Lodge Buchan St John 636, and in 1888-89 filled a term of office as R.W.M., but in recent years was unable, owing to failing health etc, to take the same enthusiastic part in Masonic affairs as had marked his earlier connection with the lodge. He was a man held in high respect by all with whom he came into contact, and the sympathy of his friends and his workmen go out to the widow and family,who at this time are called upon to suffer this bereavement.

As already mentioned, the funeral took place yesterday to Uphall Cemetery, and was attended by a large number of the general public, and as a token of respect the employees of the Roman Camp Works also the accompanied the remains for some distance in their working garb. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev A W Bain, Broxburn East U.F. Church, both at the house and at the grave.

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