Frank Ernest Channon
When the news was received that Frank E. Channon was dead at Orlando, Florida, all Vineland, the "Heart of Sunny Southern Jersey," was overcome with sorrow and grief.
Expecting to spend the winter in Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Channon left Vineland, October 20th in their automobile, travelling leisurely southward, stopping at some of the principal places on their way. At Macon, Ga., Mr. Channon developed symptoms of an internal trouble, which hastened them by train to Orlando, where they had friends. An operation for appendicitis proved too late to save him and he died November 22nd.
His remains were brought to Vineland the 26th, where at his home, on Park Avenue, his many friends had an opportunity to look upon his face again.
His funeral, strictly private, in accordance with his wish, was held on Saturday afternoon, interment being at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Memorial services were held in the Unitarian Church, of which he was a trustee and secretary, on Sunday afternoon.
Frank E. Channon was born at Cheltenham, England, July 18, 1870. He came to this country in 1891, locating in Washington, D. C, where he married Miss Lenora Flood, of Vineland, September, 8, 1894. Their only child, Kenneth F., was born July 27, 1895.
In Washington, Mr. Channon engaged in the jewelry business until 1898 when he enlisted in the U. S. Navy as Landsman for Training. He served through the Spanish war that followed and was honorably discharged as Chief Petty Officer.
Becoming crippled from rheumatism he engaged in literary work, writing short stories, and later - after taking up his residence in Vineland in 1909- published several books, and still more recently edited the Vineland Daily Republican, and associated with H. C- Souder in the publication of a Monograph of "Beautiful Vineland."
In Vineland he entered into the life of the place with unabated zeal, becoming identified with various organizations, taking a leading part in reorganizing and directing the Boy Scout movement, active in the Red Cross, War Chest and Hospital drives.
He was generous to a fault, and his services in speaking and writing were freely given in aid of any worthy cause.
Overflowing with enthusiasm and optimistic in a high degree, he put to shame the doubts and fears of smaller and more cautious minds.
Mr. Channon loved Vineland and its people, a sentiment that was returned by all who knew him. He was in a degree indebted to his adopted home, for here had been brought out and developed that inner spiritual life, that love for humanity, without which man is poor indeed. He believed the formation of character should be the aim of life, not worldly position, fame, fortune or what we call happiness; but the conquest of self, victory over temptation, mastery of the lower nature, love to God and service to man. His lay sermons in Saturday's Republican, when he was its editor, were inspiring and helpful, revealing his religious convictions. It may be said of him, he was kind, gentle and good. His own affliction intensified his sympathy for others and neither soured his temper or embittered his heart. He lived- as nearly as mortal can- the unselfish life, and crowded into his fifty years was double the work of the average man. His labors finished, he gladly heard the summons to a higher life. Among the first to welcome him to Vineland and among the last to bid him adieu, the editor, adds Mr. Channon's name to the list of honored and illustrous men and women whose lives have inspired and benefited the community.