The Carluke and Lanark Gazette , Friday 2 May 1914


Mr Christopher Downie

It is with regret we record the death of Mr C. Downie, late Superintendent at Lanark Station, which occurred at the residence of his nephew, Mr Gass, at Micklam, near Whitehaven, Cumberland, early on Friday morning , 25th April.

As is generally known Mr Downie took ill in November last and some time later he placed his resignation in the hands of the Railway Company. Since retiring from active service Mr Downie has resided almost continually at Mickham, only on one occasion visiting Lanark for a short time.

On Sunday, 19th April, his illness took an acute turn and he died on the following Friday morning as stated.The deceased was to have sailed today (Saturday) for Rhodesia, South Africa, the object of the trip being for the benefit of his health.

Mr Downie, who was 60 years of age, entered the service of the Caledonian Railway Coy. in March, 1873, and after serving in varying capacities at Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Motherwell, Holytown and Glasgow, was promoted to be Stationmaster at Lanark Station in April, 1891.

The deceased was an ardent Freemason, and at different times held the positions of R.W.M. and Secretary in Lodge "Old St. John," No 21. He was an enthusiastic worker in the Lanimer Committee and in this respect rendered splendid service.

He was also a member of the Lanark Parish Church.

On the occasion of his retiral from the Caledonian Railway Company's service, Mr Downie was made the recipient of a handsome testimonial from the public of Lanark.

Mr Downie, who was pre-deceased by his wife some two years ago, is survived by a grow - up family.

The funeral, which took place to Old Monkland Cemetery on Monday was largely attended, many beautiful floral tokens being sent.

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