Robert Worthington (c1846-1908) of Worthington Brothers
Born in Hythe the son of William Wright, a Wheelwright, and his wife Blanche
1881 Living at East Street, Hythe, Kent: Robert Worthington (age 35 born Hythe), Coach Builder. With his wife Emma Worthington (age 25 born St. Leonards) and their three daughters; Lizzie E. Worthington (age 4 born Hythe); Emma M. Worthington (age 2 born Hythe); and Louisa L. Worthington (age 1 born Hythe). In the adjoining house is William Worthington.
A painfully sudden death occurred a motor coach while driving through Hythe Saturday evening. Mr. Robert Worthington, a partner the well-known firm Messrs. Worthington Brothers, coachbuilders, and prominent Wesleyan worker, mounted one the public motor vehicles with the intention of proceeding to Folkestone, and sitting next to a friend, Mr. Harrison, shook hands with him and chatted in the ordinary way. Nothing suspicions was noticed until the Seabrook Lifeboat Station was reached, when the deceased suddenly fell back, his hat dropping, and then was ascertained that was gasping for breath. The coach was stopped and the son, Mr. Leslie Worthington, who was sitting in the front of the car, was called, and it was decided to proceed to Dr. Bradbury at Sandgate. On arrival here life was found to be extinct, and the motor coach was immediately emptied of its other passengers and turned hack to the deceased’s gentleman’s residence in Hythe. Mr. Worthington had suffered from his heart for some time, but latterly had appeared to be in very good health.