GEACH, George Valentine 1882 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1950, page 148

Born at Budock, near Falmouth, in 1882. He early dedicated himself to Christ, and was accepted into the Wesleyan Ministry in 1905. After serving for one year in Brynmawr he received his training at Headingley, and was then appointed to the Tiverton and Bridgwater circuits. From thence he moved to the North of England, and with the exception of a term at Gateshead he travelled in Yorkshire circuits.

For ten successive years he laboured in Sheffield. The results of his ministry there abide to this day. He brought to his life’s work the energy and convictions of an unusually gracious personality, and there was nothing trivial or uncertain about himself or his witness.

He had an abundance of common sense and a mind that was nourished on the best and widest reading. His pulpit work was outstandingly attractive and fruitful, and every detail of it was thoroughly prepared. His friendliness, courtesy, humour, and understanding sympathy combined to make him a welcome visitor in the homes of his people.

Pastoral work was a marked feature of his ministry. If he had any pride at all, it was that he was a Methodist preacher, and his alert and disciplined mind was tirelessly at work exploring the spacious areas of Christian truth.

He retired from the active work at the Conference of 1948, and settled at Gweek in the Helston Circuit, still preaching with much acceptance.

It was evident, however, that his strength was failing and after a brief illness the end came swiftly and unexpectedly on 27th April 1950, in the forty-second year of his ministry and in his sixty-ninth year.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950

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