Frost, Wilfred John Paradine (1900-1967)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

WILFRED JOHN PARADINE FROST: born in Romford, Essex in 1900, was a man of wide interests and has left this world the richer because of the gifts he sought to use in the extension of God’s kingdom. On being accepted for the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1927, he was sent immediately into circuit work, and served in the following circuits, Horsham, Burnley II, Kent Mission, Bedford, Medway Towns, Raunds, and Beccles, Loddon, and Bungay. In four of these circuits he stayed for seven years. 

His preaching bore the hall mark of conviction, and there are those in the ministry to-day who heard their call under his effective proclamation of the gospel. He had a quiet sense of humour and a gentle and courteous spirit which endeared him to young and old alike. After the last war he was the Chapel secretary for the London South East District, which entailed a great deal of extra work because of war damage, and in this capacity he acted with skill and foresight. He held a wide vision of the Church, and the work of the Missionary Society was constantly in his thoughts and prayers. 

He found great joy in doing simple things; gardening and listening to good music gave him much pleasure. He was ever grateful for the joys of homelife, and the different forms of service in which his children were engaged were a constant source of interest. It was in East Anglia that he preached his first and last sermons, but during the intervening years there will be many in other parts of the country who will remember him with gratitude and affection. He died on 26 November 1967, in the sixty-eighth year of his age and the forty-first of his ministry.

Family

Wilfred was born on 10 May 1900 at Romford, Essex, to parents William Wall Frost, an ironmonger’s manager (1901), and Mary Coulson.

Wilfred worked as an ironmonger’s assistant before serving in the army in the last few months of WW1.

He married Maud E Aldrich (1903-1991) in the summer of 1922 in the Blything Registration District, Suffolk. Birth Records identify two children.

  • Jean Mary (1923-2010) – a teacher; married Charles Andrew Pearson, a missionary doctor, in 1948 in Hong Kong
  • David Paradine (1939-2013) – TV broadcaster; received OBE and knighthood

Wilfred died on 26 November 1967.

Circuits

  • 1927 Supply
  • 1928 Horsham
  • 1932 Burnley II
  • 1933 Kent Mission
  • 1940 Bedford Mission
  • 1942 Bedford S
  • 1947 Medway Towns
  • 1954 Raunds
  • 1958 Beccles &c

References

Methodist Minutes 1968/184

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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