Colliss, Brian (1903-1979)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

BRIAN COLLISS: born at Grassmore, near Chesterfield, on 11th March 1903. After a pre-collegiate year in the Glossop Circuit, he trained for the ministry at Hartley College. He then served in the following circuits: South Wales Mission, Tranent, Thetford, Kingstone, Craven Arms, St. Neots, Hull (Fountains Rd.), Lincoln (Trinity), Macclesfield, Long Eaton, Northwich (Bourne), Burton-on-Trent (Parker St.), Heywood, Crook and Oldbury (Tabernacle). 

He retired prematurely through illness, and resided in Swadlingcote where he continued to take preaching appointments until 1971. He then moved to Middleton St. George, near Darlington, where he spent the last eight years. After a heart attack in September, he died at home on 11th October 1979 in the seventy-seventh year of his age and the fifty-fifth year of his ministry. There is no further obituary at his own request.


Brian was born on 11 March 1903 at Grassmore, nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to parents George E. Colliss, a colliery under manager (1911), and Mary.

He married Minnie Annie Cupit (1890-1970) in the spring of 1931 in the Hereford Registration District.

Brian died on 11 October 1979 at Middleton St George, nr Darlington, Co. Durham.


  • 1923 Glossop
  • 1924 Hartley
  • 1926 S Wales Mission
  • 1927 Tranent
  • 1928 Thetford
  • 1929 Kingstone
  • 1931 Craven Arms
  • 1932 St Neots
  • 1935 Hull Fount Rd
  • 1936 Lincoln Trinity
  • 1939 Macclesfield
  • 1942 Long Eaton
  • 1946 Northwich Bourne
  • 1950 Burton Parker St
  • 1954 Heywood
  • 1957 Crook
  • 1960 Oldbury, Tabernacle
  • 1962 Church Gresley (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1980/64

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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