Fisher, William Henry (1863-1919)

Christian Messenger 1911

Transcription of ‘Sketch’ In the Christian Messenger

Mr. Wm. Henry Fisher, has been connected with Higher Ince Church, Hindley Circuit, from his childhood, his father, the late Henry Fisher, being among the first to mission the place. Brother Fisher joined the Church as a member in 1876 when 13 years of age. He was a Class leader 20 years, Organist 30 years, S.S. Superintendent 22 years, and Junior Circuit Steward 5 years. Although always religiously inclined, he was not satisfied until he knew himself  “a child of God,” and “an heir of heaven.” He gratefully confesses that “the lines have fallen to him in pleasant places,” and that he is greatly indebted to God for a Christian home and training.

As a man he is of a meek and quiet spirit, and of retiring disposition, and yet he holds strong convictions, deep-rooted in his own experience of the love of God in Christ Jesus. In conversation, his words are few and seasoned, whether for edification or reproof. He has several times been proposed as Delegate to District Meeting, but has never felt free to accept the distinction. He is always willing “in honour to prefer another.”

As a Class leader, he takes a personal and practical interest in the welfare of his members. He has both the mind and the means to help the needy, and that with true brotherly sympathy. Nor is his outlook simply parochial, he possesses the Connexional spirit and responds to the Connexional claims. No less by example, than by precept, does he “allure to brighter worlds and lead the way.” Courteous, intelligent, appreciative, sympathetic, he “adorns the doctrine of Christ our Saviour in all things.” He is happily married. Mrs. Fisher is a true Christian lady, sharing in all her husband’s good works.

J. J. HARRISON.

Family and other information

William was born abt 1863 at Wigan, Lancashire, to parents Henry Fisher and Ellen Gaskell. Henry was a provisions dealer.

Census returns identify the following occupations for William.

  • 1881 carter
  • 1891 grocer’s assistant
  • 1901 grocer, bread baker
  • 1911 bread baker

William married Mary Ann Farrimond (b abt 1871) in the summer of 1893 at Wigan, Lancashire.

William died on 15 April 1919 at Wigan, Lancashire.

References

Christian Messenger 1911/186

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

 

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