Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference
BERT SAGE: born at Risca, Monmouthshire, in 1875. He was a fine product of a Primitive Methodist home. After serving as a hired Local Preacher, he was accepted for the ministry and was trained at Hartley College. His sense of vocation, unimpaired to the end, regulated his life and conduct, and his Lord was at the centre of his affection. He had an insatiable love of books, and read tirelessly yet discriminatingly.
His chief delight was in preaching, for which he prepared carefully, and in which he excelled. His ministry was varied, but whether in village or in city it was characterised by a realisation of what was vital. He was sensitive and sympathetic, with a sense of humour and a capacity for staunch friendship. A quality of kindliness in him attracted his people, with whom his contacts were gracious and helpful. He retired from the active ministry in 1947, but a year later became an active Supernumerary in the Todmorden Circuit, where he had formerly ministered for six years.
Towards the end he faced, undaunted, the severe discipline of pain, in which also he adorned the Gospel of his Lord. He died on 13th March 1952, in the forty-sixth year of his ministry and the seventy-eighth of his age.
Bert was born on 16 January 1875 at Risca, Monmouthshire, to parents Johan, a coal miner, and Jane.
Before entering the ministry Bert was a joiner (1901).
He married Kate Amelia Gray (1889-1969) in late 1911 in the Strood Registration District, Kent.
Bert died on 13 March 1952 at Todmorden, Yorkshire.
- 1906 Dartford
- 1908 Hastings
- 1909 Sleaford
- 1910 Scotter
- 1914 Swinefleet
- 1918 Barnsley II
- 1919 Boston
- 1921 Reading
- 1928 Whitchurch
- 1932 Dartford
- 1935 North Cave
- 1938 Knowlwood
- 1940 Todmorden
- 1944 Bradford Lais
- 1947 Todmorden (S)
Methodist Minutes 1952/145
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers