East, Timothy Sydney (1879-1961)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Hereford in 1879. He entered Hartley College in 1906 and served in circuits as far apart as Glasgow, Abergavenny, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Aldershot. Scotter, Ripon, Brigg, Winterton, Retford, Beverley and Hull.

He retired from the active work in 1938, and this enabled him to concentrate on a most helpful and rewarding ministry as chaplain to the Western General Hospital. where for over twenty years he remained the much beloved pastor both of the patients and the nurses alike.

He was a man of deep human interests and of wide sympathies. The fact that he himself had known hardship and suffering, which he had faced with true Christian fortitude, enabled him to understand and to encourage others.

He loved to preach, and continued to do so with great acceptance for over sixty years. In the pulpit he was forthright, sincere and simple concerned above all else to point others to the Lord whom he delighted to honour.

When he was confined to his sick room for the last two years of his life, he remained impatient to the end to proclaim the Gospel of Christ His Saviour.

Yet he learned to resign himself to the Father’s will and passed peacefully away on 20 December 1961, in the eighty-fourth year of his age and in the fifty-fourth of his ministry.

┬ęTrustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

Family

Timothy was born on 25 November 1879 at Much Marcle, Hereford, to parents James, who worked the land, and Lucy.

The 1901 census records Timothy working as an evangelist before entering the ministry.

He married Ellen Louisa Badham (1886-1970) in the summer of 1912 at Hereford.

Timothy died on 20 December 1961 in the Holderness Registration district, Yorkshire.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1908 Glasgow II
  • 1910 Abergavenny
  • 1912 Birmingham V
  • 1914 Eastbourne
  • 1916 Aldershot, CF
  • 1917 Scotter
  • 1918 Ripon
  • 1921 Brigg
  • 1922 Winterton
  • 1926 Retford
  • 1930 Beverley
  • 1934 Hull St George Rd
  • 1938 Hull Jubilee
  • 1947 Hull (Sup)

References

Methodist Minutes1962/198

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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