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Arthur Bowker

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Arthur Bowker (c1868-1934), head of William Bowker and Sons

1934 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR BOWKER died in Sheffield on July 11, 1934, in his 67th year.

He was head of Messrs. Wm. Bowker & Sons, one of the best-known firms of electro-platers and gliders in Sheffield, which was established by his father 45 years ago and which he and his late brother, Mr. Tom Bowker, carried on.

Mr. Arthur Bowker was always ready to give assistance to those who needed it, and during the War he did much valuable work for the Belgian refuge in Sheffield. He was a devoted worker for Sheffield Methodism, and was a society steward and trustee of Carver Street Chapel. In his funeral oration the Rev. E. E. Potts said that if ever there was a full, rich, and complete life, it was that of Mr. Arthur Bowker. He had had to work hard from his earliest days and had applied himself with whole-hearted enthusiasm to his daily task. "Men have spoken to me of his skill as a technical and practical man, and that was so in every part of his life," said Mr. Potts. "He lived in an atmosphere of love and he was a great Methodist and Christian. Perhaps the most compelling thing about his personality was his radiant cheerfulness." That cheerfulness was always in evidence when Mr. Bowker attended meetings of the Sheffield Local Section of the Institute, of which he was a very keen supporter. In addition to his many technical and religious activities, he was a keen Esperantist.

Mr. Bowker was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on March 6, 1923.

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