Elmiran Who Was Victim of Infantile Paralysis Had Accomplished Much and Friends Expected Him to Win Success
Elmira has paid heavy toll to the dread endopoliomyelitis in the death of Roland Amberg, who succumbed to this disease at Sherrill, N.Y., last Sunday evening.
Reared in this city and trained in her public schools, he was certain, judging from his achievements, to bring credit and even honor to the home of his youth. “Whom the Gods love, die young,” runs the old Greek proverb, and in the passing of this young man at the age of twenty-two these words have their verification.
Roland was a great hearted, industrious and dependable young man, with all that these adjectives imply. He had the best characteristic of genius, that for hard work. Thoroughness and finish marked everything he did, and nothing in the line of his duty or development was too difficult for him to attempt. These traits made him an invaluable helper, as those who employed him during the vacation periods testify.
Mr. Legg, minister at the Hedding Church, for whom Roland acted for a period as secretary, and A.M. Bovier of the American Sales Book Company, without the least hesitation attribute to him an unusual readiness and aptitude in service and a judgement not ordinarily expected in one of his years. A great amount of work and all of a superior quality, was sure to a result from the life he had lived.
Though not be classed with pre-eminently gifted young men, Roland was no ordinary scholar. He won a place on the Elmira Free Academy Debating team and secured a state scholarship for his court at Syracuse University. His marks for the junior year at the University average well over ninety, so that honors, over which his friends could rejoice and the Academy be proud, would have been his at graduation from college. He planned still further preparation, so that his profession would have been enriched with a scholarship of great depth and maturity.
The young man had chosen the ministry for his profession and had already shown marked ability in this pursuit. He had supplied the pulpit in the Hedding Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, the church in which he had grown up, with great acceptability. To meet such a test in such a manner as to be in demand for its repetition as opportunity is offered is no uncertain praise for any young man.
The churches which he served during the past two years, in addition to his college work show by their advance in every department what might be expected, when he should be free and ready to devote his entire time to the ministerial service. And yet here, as in other matters, it was his kindly sympathy and his constant alertness to help that endeared him to his associates. He was loved as well as respected, and from people to whom he ministered, comes tribute to the fact that he seemed always to consider what was the most rather than the least that he could do.
The long tramps over the dusty roads through the hot days of the past summer to reach some of the members who had been previously estranged from the church, undoubtedly helped to make him a ready victim of the death-dealing disease from the little one, whom he held in his arms, and whom no one else could quiet. What a Shepherd such a man would make!
Source: Elmira Star-Gazette, August 23, 1916.