Obituary in “The Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald” dated Friday, 16 April, 1886
Death of Mr. J.S. Leaver - A gentleman well-known in this town and neighbourhood
departed this life yesterday. For many years Mr. Leaver has filled a prominent place
in Stratford affairs. He has occupied most of the principal offices of the town,
being at the time of his death secretary to the Hospital, the Birthplace [i.e. the
William Shakespeare Trust] the Savings Bank, Becher’s Benefit Society and other institutions.
Formerly he was the local representative of many newspapers and was quite ‘a free
lance’ in this capacity. Mr Leaver’s death was rather sudden. Yesterday week he
was in his usual health, and was seen taking exercise on his tricycle, but early
on Friday morning he was seized by an apoplectic fit. Mr. Lupton was instantly summoned,
and although the case was considered a critical one, still hopes were entertained
that Mr. Leaver’s constitution was strong enough to enable him to survive the attack.
Wednesday, however, a change manifested itself, and his death took place yesterday
morning from congestion of the lungs. The public positions he held brought the deceased
into contact with a large number of people, all of whom could bear testimony to the
assiduity and efficiency with which he discharged his onerous duties. His cheerful
spirits and ready wit made him an agreeable companion, and his well-known figure
will be much missed in the town. Mr. Leaver came to Stratford over forty years ago,
and commenced life here in the work of education.
A family bible is held by “The Shakespeare Birthday Trust”, also a photograph of
John Shapcote Leaver, and other documents relating to his various duties outlined
in his obituary.