Collison, Frederick Stephen (1876-1936)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

FREDERICK STEPHEN COLLISON: a native of Dartford. He was born and bred in a home of very gracious influence, where he grew up in the knowledge and love of Christ. Already in youth he revealed a rich and winsome personality and an alert mind. In early manhood he found the joy of Christ’s service at Stoke Newington. He then spent ten years in Italy, where he held important business posts at Venice, Milan, and Rome, after which he returned to his native land. 

Feeling strongly led to use his gift as a preacher to the utmost, he became a lay evangelist for a few years and then entered the Ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church. For eighteen years he served the Lord in various parts of the country and finally at Wallingford, Berks, where he had just commenced his third year’s ministry when he was called to higher service. 

His genial disposition, administrative ability, and earnest preaching were greatly blessed. He had a beautiful tenor voice, which he loved to use in evangelistic services. After five months of illness, patiently borne, he passed away on September 21, 1936, at the age of sixty, full of joy and peace,

Family

Frederick was born in the summer of 1876 at Dartford, Kent, to parents Frank, a paper mould maker, and Emma.

The 1901 census records Frederick working as a clerk.

He married Elizabeth Florence Stretch (1875-1945) in the spring of 1900 in the Hackney Registration District, London.

Frederick died on 21 September 1936 at Wallingford, Berkshire.

Circuits

  • 1918 Sudbury
  • 1920 Maldon
  • 1925 S Wales Mission
  • 1930 Tunbridge Wells
  • 1934 Wantage &c

References

Methodist Minutes 1937/187

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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