ROBSON, William 1874 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 139

Born at New Seaham, Co. Durham, in 1874. The influence of a Methodist home and the conviction of a distinct call led him to dedicate his life to the work of the Christian ministry. After training at Hartley College he went to his first circuit, in the Primitive Methodist section of the Methodist Church, in 1901.

In all his circuits he was loved and trusted. Young people found him to be a real friend and a safe guide. In the homes of the people he was always welcome, especially in the dark days when there was sorrow and bereavement.

His sympathy and faith made him a tower of strength. As a preacher, pastor, and administrator he gave of his best. His preaching was evangelistic, and he had the joy of seeing the fruits of his labours in conversions.

He left in each circuit the record of a good man and a faithful minister of Jesus Christ. He was never strong physically, but he faced this trial with Christian fortitude. His patience and courage, his cheerfulness and quiet humour, bore testimony to the depth and strength of his faith. He was a good man and he lived in the atmosphere of prayer.

In his home he was sustained and helped by loving care and devoted service. His last illness was long and painful.

Death had no terrors for him. He regarded the future life with reverent curiosity, eager to begin the great adventure.

He passed to his rest and reward on 29th January 1950, in his seventy-sixth year and in the forty-ninth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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