Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference
GEORGE ARTHUR LOFTHOUSE: born into a Christian home at Brotton, in North Yorkshire, on 24th August 1901. Following Grammar School education at Guisborough, he worked for five years as a grocer with the Cooperative Society. At the age of nineteen he became a fully accredited local preacher. After a year at Cliff College, he was a lay pastor in Richmond (Yorkshire), Barnard Castle, Dartmouth and Monmouth. In 1926 he entered Hartley College in Manchester. His probationer appointments were at Portland and Eyemouth. He was ordained in 1932 as one of the last ordinands in the Primitive Methodist Church and one of the first ministers of the Uniting Conference.
He served in the following circuits: Shotley Bridge, Crook, Sutton and Kirkby, The Hartlepools, South Bank and Eston, Stokesley, Shildon and Skelmersdale. At Shildon he had responsibility for pioneering work in the New Town of Newton Aycliffe and was well equipped to be in at the beginning of the New Town development in Skelmersdale. A new church was built at Upholland and the first Anglican-Methodist day school in the country was opened.
During Arthur’s ministry at Skelmersdale his wife, Ella, died and later he married Jessie who shared the last twenty-four years with him. Following retirement in 1967 they moved to the Buxton Circuit where Arthur was an active supernumerary for ten years and continued to preach regularly in the circuit until a few weeks before his death.
Arthur had an eye for detail and therefore it is not surprising that he served on many committees and was, for a period, Assistant Secretary of the Darlington District. He was also Church Membership Secretary in that District. He was blessed to the end with acute hearing and keen eyesight. The small print or a railway timetable he continued to read without spectacles. His clear sensitive voice made his public reading of the Scriptures a delight to hear. He was a keen gardener, photographer and railway enthusiast.
He lived a full life to the end and died peacefully on 10th August 1991 in the ninetieth year of his age and the sixty-third year of his ministry.
George was born on 22 August 1901 at Brotton, Yorkshire, to parents Edward, a railway platelayer (1911) and Mary.
He married Ella Gowthorp Martindale (1891-1965) on 9 July 1932 at Cambridge Street PM Chapel, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Ella was the daughter of Rev. George Gowthorp Martindale, a PM minister. Ella was a music teacher at the time of her marriage.
He married Jessie Marsh in the spring of 1967 in the Ormskirk Registration District, Lancashire.
George died on 10 August 1991 at Burbage, Buxton, Derbyshire.
- 1928 Portland
- 1930 Eyemouth
- 1932 Shotley Bridge
- 1936 Crook
- 1938 Sutton &c
- 1942 Hartlepools
- 1947 South Bank &c
- 1953 Stokesley
- 1957 Sheldon
- 1962 Skelmersdale
- 1967 Buxton (S)
Methodist Minutes 1992/57
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers