Mr. Jeremiah Cromey-Buck

Weymouth Telegram 6th November 1888

His friends will regret to learn of the death of Mr. Jeremiah Cromey-Buck, which took place last week at his late residence in Clarence Buildings, Weymouth. Mr. Buck was a native of the town, and as a young man studied for the Congregational ministry, going through the college training. Private reasons, however, caused an alteration in his plans, and he took up the position of manager of a bank at Worcester, which he held for many years. During his stay in that town he was brought into contact with a number of the leading Congregationalists, of which church he was a member, notably with Mr. Rowley Hill, M.P., who invariably called on him when he visited Weymouth. About 15 years ago Mr. Buck returned to Weymouth, where he continued to reside until his death. He was an active supporter of the Congregational cause, and it might be said of him by that body “he loved our people and hath built us a synagogue.” Some years ago his attention was drawn to the Congregational chapel at Chickerell, which was altogether unsuitable, and at a cost of from £500 to £600 he entirely rebuilt the sacred edifice. It is now used by a strong and flourishing congregation, and possesses the best Congregational Sunday-school of any country church in Dorsetshire. He also subscribed largely to the renovation fund of the Gloucester Street Chapel, and at the autumnal meetings of the Congregational Union of Dorset many of the delegates spoke of the ready help received from him in the time of trouble and need. Mr. Buck was appointed a magistrate for the borough, and until prevented by failing health discharged his duties with regularity. He was a Liberal in politics. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon, and was attended by a number of the borough magistrates, by Sir R. N. Howard and Dr. Tizard, Messrs. Lanning and Newton (deacons of the Gloucester Street Congregational Chapel), a deputation from the Weymouth District Liberal Club, &c. The Mayor, Sir R. N. Howard, Dr. Tizard, and others sent their carriages. Messrs. Hallett, undertakers, St. Mary Street, made the necessary funeral arrangement. The coffin was of polished oak, with brass gothic mountings, and the shield plate bore the following inscription: “Jeremiah Cromey-Buck, died October 28th, 1888, aged 75 years.” The new brick vault was lined with moss and flowers. During the day flags floated half-mast high from the Liberal Club and from some of the public buildings.