DUFFIELD, Walter 1874 - 1951

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1952, page 121

Born at North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, in 1874. worked at Cochrane’s Ironworks at the age of thirteen, educating himself in his spare time.

He entered Hartley College in 1895, and began his ministry at Gateshead in 1897, subsequently serving at Jarrow, South Shields, Newcastle, Halifax, Shotley Bridge, Shildon and Horden.

A student of philosophy and theology, he read German authors and kept abreast of thought in these fields.

His zeal for social righteousness led him on occasion to the public platform.

His recreation was in music and golf.

Though sharing in District administration, he was first and foremost a circuit minister.

Business was done with meticulous care, and he gave careful attention to the form of his sermons and kept in close touch with his people, especially those in trouble.

His social sympathies gave breadth to his message, but it was always evangelical. Christ was the centre of his experience and thinking.
In later years he became almost blind, and bore this affliction with cheerfulness.

He retired in 1937 to Stanmore, Middlesex, and removed to Scunthorpe in 1950.

He died at North Ormesby in the fifty-fourth year of his ministry on 27th August 1951, thus ending his earthly pilgrimage where he began it seventy-seven years before.

His memorial is found in lives made richer and purer by his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1952

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