BRIGG, Henry Oswald 1873 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 137

A son of the manse, he was born in 1873 in South Africa, where his father served as a missionary. This had a great influence on his future course. Africa was in his heart, and when the call to the Ministry came there was no doubt about his destination. He was educated at Kingswood School and, when accepted for the Ministry, received his training at Headingley College.

From there he was called out in his third year to go to Rhodesia, and readily and eagerly responded.

For seventeen years he laboured in that part of the mission field, proving himself an excellent pioneer missionary.

His constitution, gifts, and training contributed to his fitness for the special work he had to do in what was then an undeveloped country.

He was greatly helped by his wife, who had a true missionary spirit, and together they rendered conspicuous service with heart, mind, and hand.

Returning to England in 1914, he became the Superintendent of the Penrith Circuit.

His friendliness and sympathetic nature endeared him to his people. A man of reverent spirit and lowly mind, he fulfilled his ministry with devotion and fidelity.

On his retirement he settled at Appleby, and as long as health permitted preached and served there and throughout the circuit.

Patient and cheerful through a long illness, he passed over in great serenity and peace on the 20th January 1950, in the seventy-seventh year of his life and the fifty-third of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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