Quick, Richard Henry (1881-1948)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

RICHARD H. QUICK: born at Pontlottyn in 1881, of Cornish parents, and reared in South Wales. His father was one of the pillars of the Bethel Primitive Methodist Chapel, and his parents’ house the home of the preachers. Early he responded to the call of God, preaching his first sermon at fourteen, and soon becoming well known as the boy preacher. He rendered service as a hired Local Preacher, first at Glasgow and later at Manchester. 

He entered Hartley College and was trained under the guidance of Dr. A.S. Peake. After forty-one years as a circuit minister, he was compelled by ill-health to retire. Few understood how high was the courage with which he overcame his physical disability, especially in his later years. 

Preaching was his supreme delight, enriched by wide reading and kindled by a holy zeal. He had great vogue as a lecturer; his racy style and sparkling wit, combined with a deep understanding of folk, ever found their mark, and gave him opportunities in wider spheres into which he carried his gospel faithfully. A cheery, companionable nature endeared him, and a warm and ready sympathy made him a true helper in all trouble, and his pastoral work a blessing everywhere. He had the courage of deep conviction, and did fine work in the Brotherhood movement, and in spite of his handicap, took his share of District responsibility. His circuits found blessing and prosperity under his devoted leadership. 

He died on 2nd April 1948, aged sixty-seven.


Richard was born on 27 April 1881 at Pontlottyn, Glamorgan, to parents William, a coal miner, and Elizabeth.

Before entering the ministry Richard was a master tailor (1901).

He married Florence Ada Sadler (1879-1968) in 1903. Census returns and birth records identify four children. Florence was the daughter of Rev John Sadler.

  • Winifred Carrie (1904-1976) – married Harold Monks, a master house painter (1939), in 1929
  • Virginia Florence (1907-1973) – married Clifford Thomas Harris, a PM minister, in 1935
  • Vera Elizabeth (1910-1999) – married Thomas Wheddon, a sales representative for water conditioning, purification and filtration (1939), in 1936; married Clifford Thomas Harris in 1974; died in Tasmania, Australia
  • William John Sadler (1916-1996) – a police constable (1939)

Richard died on 2 April 1948 at Bedworth, Warwickshire..


  • Hartley
  • 1905 Yarmouth
  • 1907 Abertillery
  • 1908 Southampton
  • 1909 Bottesford
  • 1911 Grantham
  • 1914 Redruth
  • 1915 Horncastle
  • 1916 Congleton
  • 1919 Winsford
  • 1923 Haslingden
  • 1927 Knowlwood
  • 1931 Horncastle
  • 1933 Sleaford
  • 1936 Burton on Trent
  • 1941 Blackheath
  • 1945 Newton & Hyde


Methodist Minutes 1948/137

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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