BOADEN, George Willliam 1894 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 156

Born at Amble, Northumberland, in 1894. He was educated at Woodhouse Grove School and entered Headingley College in 1916. He served in the Forces in the First World War and returned to continue his training at Didsbury. In all his circuits, which ranged from Liverpool to Penzance, his ministry will long be a treasured memory.

As a preacher, he had the great gift of expounding profound truths in such a way as to command the attention of the thoughtful and yet to keep the common touch. He made a special appeal to young people, and he did valuable work in District and Connexional Guild affairs.

He took an active interest in Toc H and the Rotary movement, looking eagerly for every opportunity to set out the Christian ideal in the community about him. His gifts as an administrator were of a high order.

As a pastor his native graciousness, coupled with his tremendous sense of mission, won a ready response among his people. It was a great trial to him that failing health compelled him to retire from the active Ministry at a comparatively early age, but he had then every prospect of years of limited service for the Master.

Though he only lived nine months in retirement, he took over the joint leadership of a newly formed class at Wallington, and at this he brought out from the storehouse treasures old and new.

He faced bravely the sufferings of the last few weeks, and in moments of extreme weakness he repeated the great promises of Scripture, promises which were fulfilled as he passed peacefully into the Presence of the Lord he loved on 24th June 1950, in the fifty-sixth year of his age and the thirty-second of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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