Freezer, George (1869-1941)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

GEORGE FREEZER: born near East Dereham, Norfolk, in 1870. In early life he found delight in the service of the Church, and became diligent in commending his Saviour to others. He was called to the ministry of the Primitive Methodist Church in 1918, after some years of effective service as a lay pastor. In his circuits he won many friends by his cheerful disposition and keen sympathy. At all times he sought to be a true minister to his people.

He found his chief delight in serving his fellow-men. In his youth he had few educational advantages, but to the end he searched eagerly for fresh light and truth, that his ministry might be increasingly fruitful. There are many who thank God for his life and for the ministry which he accomplished. On May 5, 1941, death suddenly opened the door for him into the fullness of life in his seventy-first year and the twenty-third of his ministry.


George was born in 1869 at Beetley, nr East Dereham, Norfolk, to parents George, who worked the land, and Hannah.

Before becoming a ‘lay pastor’ George also worked the land.

He married Sarah Jane Stibbard (1869-1953) in late 1897 in the Mitford Registration District, Norfolk. Census returns identify two children.

  • George James (1898-1987) – a general merchant’s assistant (1941)
  • Katie (1901-1993) – married William J Codling, a manager of grocery & provisions, National Food, Suffolk (1939), in 1924

George died on 5 May 1941 at Stowmarket, Suffolk.


  • 1918 Pembroke Dock
  • 1919 Kelsale
  • 1924 Briston
  • 1928 Stowmarket


Methodist Minutes 1941/177

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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