Dando, David John (1890-1943)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

DAVID JOHN DANDO: born at Abertillery (Mon.) in 1890. He entered the teaching profession, and from thence, in 1916, the Primitive Methodist Ministry. Gifted, sagacious, efficient, devoted, he exercised a delightful and distinguished ministry. His grace of leadership elicited the most cordial loyalty of all who were privileged to be associated with him. His work was owned and blessed of God in manifold ways, to the encouragement and inspiration of his people. 

A preacher of distinction, a faithful pastor, a capable administrator, he was, above all, a choice Christian gentleman. Young people were readily attracted by his winsome personality and grew to love him as a sympathetic friend. His pastoral care for those in sorrow, in the times of terrible raids on London, was greatly treasured.

He loved the Methodist Church, and spent his strength lavishly in its service. Marked by energy and fervour, he enriched by his wisdom, courage, and example all with whom he made contact. He passed to Higher Service on October 30, 1943, in the fifty-third year of his age and the twenty-seventh of his ministry.


David was born on 23 February 1890 at Abertillery, Monmouthshire, to parents William Dando, a colliery enginewright (1901), and Mary A Williams.

He married Ellen Davidson (1886-1969) in the summer of 1915 at Bath, Somerset.

David died on 30 October 1943 at Westminster Hospital, London.


  • 1916 Grassington
  • 1918 Helmsley
  • 1921 Barnsley II
  • 1924 Blaydon
  • 1929 Plumstead
  • 1936 London Waltham &c
  • 1939 London M SE


Methodist Minutes 1944/123

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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