The Beach Family
The Beach family is the longest continuously active family at Holy Trinity that we know of. John Bloomfield Beach and Annie Bacon Beach were among the original families involved with the building of the first church in 1900. They had three sons, Bloomfield, Stafford and John. Stafford played an active role in the church throughout his life, and his son Stafford Beach, Jr. and his wife Joan are active members in the church today.
A Youthful Tragedy
In 1909 Bloomfield Beach, eldest son of John and Annie Beach, died of acute appendicitis shortly before his 12th birthday. The Palm Beach Post obituary, in the ornamented language of the day, paints a poignant picture of a well-loved boy taken from this world in the flower of his youth, as well as his choir membership and Sunday school attendance at Holy Trinity.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1909
BLOOMFIELD J. BEACH
Bloomfield J. Beach, the eldest sone of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Beach, of this city, passed away to eternal rest, in St. Lukes Hospital, Jacksonville, on Sunday evening last, aged 11 years and 11 months.
After some six weeks of great suffering, which this noble boy bore as an angel martyr, and after two operations for appendicitis, the end came as stated. His death was a great bereavement to his parents, to his two little brothers, to his beloved grandmothers and to a host of his friends both young and old.
Although so young in years, Bloomfield J. Beach had developed a splendid character - manly, courteous, courageous and affectionate. He was a little man among his playmates, who all looked up to him with that boyish respect that all boys feel for a stronger character than they themselves possess.
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As a member of the choir of Holy Trinity Church and a regular attendant at Sunday school, Bloomfield J. Beach endeared himself to his rector, superintendent, teachers and classmates and his bright countenance and cheerful smile will be much missed and held in loving remembrance by them.
The remains were brought from Jacksonville on Monday and the funeral service was conducted, in Holy Trinity Church, on Tuesday morning, by The Revd. H. Ashton Henry, the rector. The interment was in Woodlawn cemetary. The church was crowded to the door not only by his parents and relatives, but by friends of the dear departed one. His classmates from the secular school and those of his Sunday school attending in a body. The floral tributes were numerous and chastely appropriate.
The pallbearers were Trevette Lockwood, Charles Gruber, Harley DaCamara and Roy Saxon.
Mr. and Mrs. John B. Beach and the entire family, have the sincere condolences of this community in their sad affliction and bereavement.