FENN, Albert Henry 1901 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 210

Born in Nottingham in 1901. He came of a devout Christian home. Early in life his family moved into the Rotherham Circuit and there he became a local preacher.

He entered the Wesleyan Methodist Ministry in 1922, and after a year in the Wisbech Circuit was trained at Didsbury College. In the course of his ministry he served in the Manchester Mission, Retford, Birmingham Mission, and Ealing and Acton circuits.

In the second World War he became a chaplain in the Royal Air Force, serving at home and in Palestine.

His ministry then continued in the Kingston-upon-Thames, Plymouth, and East Wight Circuits.

Everywhere he has left behind him treasured memories of a kindly, cheerful, vital and generous personality. His tall, striking figure had hidden within it a deep spiritual nature which he nourished by diligent study and devotion. He always counted it a privilege to listen to others and to share an exchange of opinion and experience with them. He preached with earnestness, clarity and incisiveness.

He possessed considerable administrative abilities, which were especially demonstrated in the reconstitution of the Plymouth (King Street) Circuit.

In his pastoral work he revealed wisdom and understanding, sympathy and kindness in helping to heal the sicknesses and sorrows of the people.

Young people were drawn to him and learned to accept him as a counsellor and friend. His interests reached beyond the boundaries of Methodism and led him into opportunities of sharing in the communion and service of the Church Catholic.

He died suddenly on 28 February 1962, in the sixtyfirst year of his age and the thirty-seventh of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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