July 17, 1940
Prominent Resident Of Waterville Passes
Captain William S. Rawding, for many years one of Kings Countys most outstanding citizens, died at his home in Waterville last Wednesday night. He was in his 81st year and had been active as usual until he was taken ill a week previous to his death.
Born on the Bay of Fundy shore at Black Rock, Captain Rawding went to sea at an early age and rose from cabin boy to ships master, sailing ships out of Nova Scotia ports to Europe and South America for over a score of years.
After retiring from the seas, Captain Rawding took up farming and fruit growing at Waterville and has long been recognized as a leader in this work.
One of the charter members of the United Fruit Companies of Nova Scotia, Captain Rawding was for a number of years the representative of that organization in its West Indies and Cuba potato trade. He also served for a long period as a member of the board of directors.
A leader in community affairs, Captain Rawding was chairman of the school board and a prominent member of the Waterville Baptist Church and a charter member of Franklin Lodge No. 23 I. O. O. F.
He took a keen interest in municipal affairs and for several years had been chairman of the overseers of the poor for the Municipality of Kings.
Surviving besides his wife, the former Annie O. Charlton, Waterville, are four daughters, Mrs. W. E. Strayhorn, Newton and Mrs. H. C. Walker, Newton Centre, Mass.; Mrs. Avard Morse, Kentville; Miss Bea Rawding, at home; and one son, William H. Rawding, Waterville. Funeral services, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. C. Morgan, were held from the Waterville Baptist Church at two oclock Friday. Interment was in Berwick Cemetery.