HARRIS Frank Pollard 1882 - 1950

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1951, page 120

Born at Derby in 1882, was one of the three sons of the Rev. Josiah S. Harris, all of whom entered the Methodist Ministry.

He was a man of outstanding personality, and left an unusually deep impression upon the people to whom he ministered.

After leaving Didsbury College, in 1909, he spent most of his short ministry in circuits around London, with one term in Sutton Coalfield.

He was a preacher of rare insight, and his thoughtful expositions of the great Christian themes were enhanced by felicitous expression, so that his sermons had a very wide influence in all his circuits.

In his pastoral work his upright character and warm sympathies made him a tower of strength and endeared him to all sorts and conditions of men and women.

When at the height of his powers his health failed, and he had to retire from the active work.

Watched with tender care by his devoted wife, he was still able to do a little preaching from time to time, and right up to the end his sermons retained their singular power.

He found much quiet happiness in his retirement among his books, and was an authority on first editions and other mysteries of the book world.

Those who knew him intimately found a strength and beauty in his character which it is not easy to express in words. He was at the same time a man of wisdom and understanding, of simple faith, and always most generous in his appreciation of others.

He died at Bournemouth on the 14th August 1950, leaving behind the memory of a short but brilliant ministry of eighteen years and of a most noble and gracious character.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1951

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