Richardson, Eric Paton (1903-1963)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

ERIC PATON RICHARDSON: born in London in 1903. After leaving school he worked in the City with an insurance firm. He spent his weekends helping his parents in their work in an East End Mission and it was there that the Call to the ministry came. After his training at Hartley College he served in Ipswich, Douglas, Goole and Cambridge. During the war he was a Chaplain to the R.A.F. at Biggleswade, and then in Africa. After the war he travelled in Brownhills, York, Bishops Stortford and Bury St. Edmunds. 

He was a man of great charm and deep devotional character; a good colleague and a kind and understanding pastor. He was one in whose presence it was easy to feel at ease, who offered friendship readily to all whom he met. His preaching was forceful and effective because it rose out of a deep experience. He was a fine leader of men who was able to inspire his people to give of their best. His life was motivated by his great love for his Lord, and for people, and by his passion to lead men to Christ. He gave his all in the service of his Lord and the Church. 

After a short illness he died on 10 April 1963, in the sixtieth year of his age and the thirty-sixth year of his ministry.

Family

Eric was born 24 February 1903 at Hackney, London, to parents James Wilberforce Richardson, a schoolmaster (1911), and Gertrude Cotsford.

He married Kathleen Elizabeth Lowry (1900-1976) in the spring of 1931 in the Romford Registration District, Essex. Birth records identify two children.

  • Terence (b1932)
  • Alex W (b1936)

Eric died on 10 April 1963 at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Circuits

  • Hartley
  • 1927 Ipswich
  • 1930 Douglas
  • 1935 Goole Carlton Terrace
  • 1938 Cambridge
  • 1943 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1947 Brownhills
  • 1952 York, Monkgate
  • 1957 Bishops Stortford

References

Methodist Minutes 1963/204

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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