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Death while Speaking – Barnsley Co-operators President

December 1932

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 14 December 1932

Death while Speaking
Barnsley Co-operators President
West Riding J.P.

The death occurred in tragic circumstances last night of Mr, Edward Tune, president of the Barnsley British Cooperative Society, and a well-known figure in the Barnsley and Wombwell district.

Mr. Tune was speaking at a meeting of the directors held in the Boardroom in Market Street when he suddenly fell forward and died. Mr. Tune had a heart attack in his office about two months ago and only resumed his duties on Monday. Last night the Board received a deputation, and it was while replying to this deputation that Mr. Tune collapsed and died.

Mr. S. Jones, J.P., vice-president, who was near him, immediately rushed to his assistance but he was beyond help. About 300 members of the Co-operative Guild were meeting in the Hall on the opposite side of the street at the time, and they were greatly affected on hearing the news of Mr. Tune’s tragic death.

President for Twelve Years. Mr. Tune was a native of Wombwell where he lived all his life. He was widely known throughout the Co-operative movement. He became a director of the Barnsley Co-operative Society 27 years ago, and succeeded the late Mr. J. Elliott President in 1920. He was Chairman of the Co-operative Federal Bakery at Mexborough.

He started his public work 37 years ago when he became a member of the Wombwell School Board, and for many years he had been Chairman the Wombwell Education Sub-Committee.

Since boyhood he was associated with the Wombwell Wesleyan Church, and for 40 years had been a superintendent of the Sunday School. Another sphere of his activities was in connection with the Barnsley Beckett Hospital, being chairman of that institution.

Mr. Tune was made a West Riding magistrate as recently as June last and leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters. He was 69 years age.