Almond, George Edward (1831-1910)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by B. Haddon
Gateshead First Station has suffered a great loss by the death of Mr. George E. Almond. He was in his 79th year, and had the distinction of being the oldest tradesman in the town. In that capacity he played a part as honourable as it was successful. His business was really part of his religion, and he never doubted that his success was due to the Divine blessing thereon.
As a townsman Mr. Almond was held in the highest esteem, and by his generous contributions of £50 to the Children’s Hospital Fund, £20 to the Gateshead Dispensary Fund, £20 to the Nursing Association Fund, he indicated his interest in the highest good of the town. Besides the above he presented a clock to the Gateshead Park Committee.
Bro. Almond was a real Christian gentleman of a somewhat exceptional type. His whole life was governed by Christian principles, and was beautified by a Christ-like spirit.
Speaking from a friendship of 47 years, Rev. John Hallam testifies to Bro. Almond’s “irreproachable character,” and says that during all that time “my esteem for his moral character and worth has steadily increased.” He was, indeed, a true man of God, large-hearted, of devout spirit, pure-minded, of exalted character, a man who lived near to God. It was impossible to come into contact with him either in the street, or in church, or in the home, without realising how true all this was, and he himself would have been the first to acknowledge that for it all he owed much to the influence of the late Mrs. Almond whose beautiful simplicity of spirit and saintliness of life impressed all who knew her.
Bro. Almond had an unbroken connection with Primitive Methodism from almost his boyhood, and it is impossible to tabulate all that he did for our Church. His conversion dates from February, 1852, his religious career covering a period of nearly 60 years. He was twice connected with the Carr’s Hill Society, filling the offices of Sunday School teacher and superintendent, and also of Class Leader. He afterwards joined the Nelson Street Chapel, where he became a Local Preacher. Subsequently, he associated with the Worcester Street Mission, which ultimately developed into the present Prince Consort Road Church in the Gateshead Second Station. There he filled some of the most important offices, and did some valuable work. About 18 years ago he identified himself with our Durham Road Church, and of it he was a loyal member, an active official, and a generous supporter to the last.
As a member he greatly appreciated the church services both on Sunday and week-night. As an official he was most faithful in the discharge of his duties. He was trustee for some eight chapels, a member of the District Committee for nearly 40 years, and on two occasions served as Circuit Steward; several times a member of the District Meeting and once elected Vice-President, twice a delegate to Conference, and treasurer of the Local Preachers’ Mutual Aid Association from its commencement.
Besides filling the offices of the Church, he generously subscribed to its funds: £100 to the Church Extension Fund, £50 to the District Jubilee Loan Fund, 100 guineas to the Durham Road Organ Fund, £50 to the Circuit Manse Fund, and £150 to the Centenary Fund,
The end came very quietly, though suddenly, on Wednesday, May 11th. A largely attended Memorial Service was held in the Durham Road Church on Saturday, May 14th. Amongst those present, and taking part in the service, were Revs. J. Alderson, R. Clemitson, J.G. Bowran, H. Yooll, E. Phillipson, James Young, and Mr. W.M. Patterson. The Rev. H. Pratt delivered a suitable address. The interment took place in the Saltwell Cemetery, Rev. B. Haddon conducting the service at the grave.
Bro. Almond leaves four daughters: Mrs. Read, wife of Rev. J. Phillips Read; Mrs. Ramage, wife of Rev. G. Ramage (Presbyterian); Mrs. Hutchinson, Miss Almond.
George was born in 1831 at Gateshead, Co. Durham, to parents Thomas, a painter & glazier (1841), and Ellinor. He was baptised on 11 December 1831 at Gateshead.
Census returns identify that George worked as a painter and decorator.
He married Ann Porteus (1832-1908) on 1 May 1854 at Heworth, Co. Durham. Census returns identify five children.
- Eleanor (abt1855-1937) – married James Phillips Read, a PM minister, in 1875
- Annie Porteous (1856-1881) – married Robert Scope in 1878
- Elizabeth (1858-1919)
- Margaret Emily (b1865) – suffragist (1911); married William Hutchinson in 1888; divorced in 1904
- Mary Jane (1865-1935) – married Granville Cuthbert Hepburn Ramage, a PM minister in Australia, later a minister in the United Free Church, in 1884; died in Scotland
George died on 11 May 1910 at Gateshead, Co. Durham.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/660
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