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Chopin, Augustin Reay (1868–1924)

Although the late Mr A. R. Chopin had relinquished duty at the A.B.C. Bank Kiama, for a couple of months, owing to illness, the news of his death on T'hursday evening came as a shock to the community, in which he has been held in high esteem since his appointment as Manager to the Australian Bank of Commerce (late City Bank) some three years ago. He came to Kiama from Katoomba, his departure regretted exceedingly owing to his fine qualities in business and pivate life, for in the Bank he was an efficient, courteous and helpful manager, and as a citizen, truly a gentleman of the old school, whose integtity, unfailing courtesy and kindliness, with his keen interest in public affairs, where charity, progress, or patriotic help was concerned, had district wide recognition. After coming to Kiama the late Mr Chopin's health improved for a time but an insidious trouble developed and a few months back he was [delivered] the sad verdict of an approaching end to life at an age of 56, when life should be at its prime. In his illness he had the devoted care of wife and daughters, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt in their sad bereavement, and Mr Ray Chopin who fortunately was able to make the long journey from Queensland in time to see his father alive. Sympathy is also extended to Mr. F. Chopin of Shellharbour, who is brother.

The late Mr. Chopin was a native of the Monaro district and a son of the late Dr. C. M. Chopin of Bombala.

The funeral (conducted by Mr. W. R. Kendall) was largely attentlcd on Good Friday afternoon, the interment taking place at North Kiama, the Rev. G. M. Torbeitt attending at the graveside.

A number of very beautiful wreaths were sent in sympathy, among them those from Mr and Mrs. Nicholson and Muriel, Fred Rose and children, Dr and Mrs Beith and Mary, Matron Grant, Mrs. Ernest Blow and family, Mrs. and Mrs. G. R. Chapman, Misses Colley "The' Hill,' Misses Coley"Lovida", Guy Colley, General Manager and staff of the A. B. C. Bank; from Mother, Reay, Vedie and Molly; Member of the Kiama Tennis Club, M. T. Anderson and family, Presbyterian Congregation, Rev. H. G.  and Mrs Chivers, Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. Thomas, Members of the Kiama Bowling Club, Misses C. B. a A. Swindells. A large number of letters and telegrams reeived also by Mrs Chopin in condolance.

Original publication

  • Kiama Reporter and Illawarra Journal (NSW), 23 April 1924, p 2 (view original)

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Citation details

'Chopin, Augustin Reay (1868–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/chopin-augustin-reay-19450/text30853, accessed 17 September 2019.

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