Thanet Advertiser and Echo May 20th 1932
Friendly Societies’ Loss – Death of Mr. E. R. Emptage
It is with regret that we have to announce the death, which occurred at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, last Thursday, of Mr. Elijah Richard Emptage, aged sixty years, of Helena Avenue, Margate, the secretary of the Loyal Alexandra Lodge 5654, Margate, Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows.
Friendly societies and charitable organisations in the district have suffered a severe loss by the death of Mr Emptage. A native of Monkton, he came to Margate some years ago in order to follow his occupation as a gardener.
Mr. Emptage joined the Loyal Alexandra Lodge of Oddfellows in 1881. He was appointed assistant secretary of the Lodge in January, 1915, and permanent secretary in December, 1921. He was also secretary of the Loyal Perseverance Lodge 6482, at Broadstairs for some time, and up until his death he acted as secretary of the State Insurance section of the Lodge. He was a Past Provincial Grand Master of the Canterbury district of the order and a member of the District Management Committee.
Mr. Emptage took a keen interest in other activities in addition to his duties in connection with the Oddfellows. He was a prominent member of the Providence Lodge, 441, of the Ancient Order of Druids, the “Old Odds” and the Margate Lodge of the R.A.O.B. He was also a member of the Appeal Committee formed to raise funds for the new Margate General Hospital. At the time of his death he was a member of the Management Committee of the hospital.
Last year Mr Emptage was president of the Margate Philanthropic Institution. He was also treasurer of the Amalgamated Societies’ Hospital Sunday Fund and in fact he was always willing to assist any charitable work in the district.
Mr Emptage leaves a widow and two sons.
Elijah Richard Emptage (1871 – 1932), son of Elijah Emptage and Sarah Doughty.
Married to Ellen Louisa Hills, sons Edwin John and Henry Charles.