LANE, Henry Tyler 1888 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 208

Born at Bridgnorth, Salop, in 1888. After being trained at Didsbury College, he began his active work in 1916.

For over forty years he fulfilled a notable ministry in Oxford, Gosport and Fareham, Scarborough, Liverpool, Sheffield, Harrogate, Northampton and Clacton.

He went to Grange over- Sands as an active supernumerary in 1956. A man of fine mind and dedicated personality allied to fine physique and appearance, he won first the interest and then the hearts of those privileged to meet him.

He was a pertinent preacher not deeply theological, but keenly alive to what men were thinking and saying. He was also a great visitor, and his sympathy and understanding made him welcome in every home.

He was a student of humanity as well as of books, and in order that his ministry might be more adequate to men’s needs, he mixed with the crowd, so as to gain at first hand an insight into their thoughts, habits and attitudes to life. Young people found in him a special friend ; his interest in the work of the Boys’ Brigade, Girls’ Life Brigade and other organizations is remembered with gratitude.

A man of the open-air from his early days, he delighted in hiking, tennis, football and other recreations.

From 1959 he lived at St Neots. Those who knew him only in the days of his weakness still felt something of the quality and power that were his in earlier days, and marvelled at his fortitude, humility and faith which were bright to the end.

He died on 18 February 1962, in the seventy-fourth year of his age and the forty-sixth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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