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The Huntsville Daily Times
The Huntsville Daily Times
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Description: Funeral for Edward W. Bok at Lake Wales

Date: January 10 1930

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Library

Page/Column: Page 10, Column 4

Services Were Conducted In A Setting Of Tropical Beauty at Tower
LAKE WALES, Fla., Jan. 10 (AP) – In a setting of tropical beauty funeral services will be held today for Edward W. Bok, at the Ringing Tower which the distinguished journalist and public benefactor erected as an appreciation of the opportunities afforded him by this country.
The services will be conducted by an old friend, Dr. Samuel D. McConnell, of Philadelphia, who is wintering at Daytona Beach.
As the tribute is said over the body, the 71 bells in the Carillion will be sounded. The service will be in the lower room of the tower. This was Mr. Bok’s private room.
The body will be placed in a burial crypt in front of the great north door of the tower. Mr. Bok built the vault there but only his inmates knew what it was for when it was being constructed.
Anton Brees, Belgian Carilloneur, will play on the bells one of the philanthropist’s favorite old folk songs – a melody of his native land, The Netherlands. The music for the number “God’s Hand” was arranged by Josef Hofmann, and the words were written by Mr. Bok himself. As the body is laid away in the crypt, Mr. Brees will render Chopin’s funeral march.

Submitted: 01/07/10

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