Goodacre, Albert (1879-1949)

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Doncaster in 1880. He received his training at Hartley College and commenced his ministry in 1906. He exhibited in his life the Yorkshire qualities of application and determination. His circuits covered a wide geographical range and varied greatly in type.

His devotion to his calling was complete and enthusiastic, and both as a preacher and pastor he was held in high esteem, sharing intimately the life of his people. He found abiding joy and satis­faction in the high calling of the Christian Ministry.

A loyal colleague; a true ‘ brother in Christ ‘ ; those who worked with him valued the fellowship of his home, his generosity of spirit, and his steady purpose. In several towns he became the President of the Free Church Council, and his services were appreciated by all the other churches.

It was a great joy to him to return to the London he loved and there in Wembley to complete his active ministry.

He became a Supernumerary in 1948, and went to reside at Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.

He looked forward to some happy years with his wife, who throughout his ministry had been a true helpmate and colleague in every good work, but this was not to be.

His call to the Homeland came on 21st November 1949, in the forty-fourth year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


Albert was born on 23 July 1879 at Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents Mark, a labourer, and Sarah.

In the 1901 census return, Albert is recorded as a draper’s assistant and local preacher.

Albert married Gertrude Sumpter (1880-1955) on 9 July 1910 at Great Western St PM Chapel, Manchester. Birth records identify two children.

  • Norman Sanderson (1912-1987) – an engineer’s accountant and cashier (1939)
  • Angus Leslie (1915-1973)

Albert died on 21 November 1949 at Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1906 Sheerness
  • 1910 Upton Park
  • 1914 Knaresborough
  • 1918 Forest Hill
  • 1921 West Ham
  • 1924 Lincoln II
  • 1929 Peterborough
  • 1932 Soham
  • 1935 Louth
  • 1938 Donington
  • 1939 Spalding
  • 1941 Manchester Newton Heath
  • 1943 Bolton Higher Bridge St
  • 1945 Wembly, Ealing Rd


Methodist Minutes1950/132

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Note: Albert’s birth record for the summer of 1879 shows him to be two years older than the date given in the 1939 Register.

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