Obituary - Reginald HERMON; October 1931
The funeral took place yesterday of the late Rev. Reginald Hermon, whose death occurred Sunday at the age of 70 years. A man of wide sympathies and understanding, the deceased gentleman was a m uch loved pastor in the various parishes wherein he worked during his long life.
Born in Surbiton, England, in 1861, the late Mr Hermon was left to fight his way into the world at an early age, his parents Mr and Mrs Alfred Hermon dying when he was a youth of tender years. Deceased came to New Zealand when about 20 years of age and·was engaged in banking for a time at Nelson. He then decided to study for the ministry and entered St. John's College, Auckland. He completed his training at Bishopdale College, Nelson, and was ordained Deacon by the late Bishop Suter in 1885. His first appointment was as curate at Charleston, West Coast, and after two years service he was ordained a priest. For three years he laboured in the parish of Ngatimoti, near Nelson, and in 1891 he was appointed to the Wanganui parochial district, being stationed at Matarawa, at that time a very large parish but now divided into three or four districts. After a stay of over nine years the late Mr Hermon removed to Patea where laboured for a further term of nine and a half years. His last appointment was at Mangatainoka where he resided until the time of his retirement to Palmerston North in 1921.
The late Mr Hermon had during his life displayed a very keen and active interest in the volunteer military training movement. Since 1897 he had been honorary chaplain to the Wellington Battalion of the Mounted Rifles Volunteers, honorary chaplain to the No.1 Battalion, Wellington (West Coast) Mounted Rifles (1901), and in 1910 was appointed honorary chaplain to the second-class New Zealand Territorial Force with the rank of Lieut.-Colonel.
Mr Hermon was married in Nelson to Miss Mackay, his wife predeceasing him about five years ago. Throughout his stay in Palmerston North he had been in failing health, practically an invalid, and his end was not unexpected. He is survived by two sons, Mr Noel Hermon, of Patea, and Mr Stanley Hermon, of Ballance, also two brothers, Rev. Arthur Hermon, formerly of Feilding and now of England, and Mr Willbrian Hermon, Ceylon. Mr F. Owtram and Misses E. and K. Owtram, of Palmerston North, are cousins of the deceased. Throughout his last illness Mr Hermon had the devoted care of his sister-in-law, Miss Mackay.
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