COOK, James Boddy 1877 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 219

Born at Houghton-le-Spring in 1877. He was educated at the Wesleyan Day School and entered the Ministry of the United Methodist Free Churches in 1901.

He travelled in London, Brigg, Bristol, Hayle, St. Austell, Blyth, Jarrow, Boston, North Shields, Gateshead, and Bolton, where he spent the last nine years of his active ministry.

Retiring in 1947, he returned to St. Austell which was the birthplace of his wife. His sermons were attractive and helpful, and revealed sound scholarship.

As a pastor he was faithful and well loved. As an administrator he was unfailingly wise. He had an attractive personality, being genial, loyal, meek, gentle and full of courage. He had a breadth of outlook on theological and social matters, and was deeply interested in people.

In his retirement he served the St. Austell Circuit by taking preaching appointments and in many other ways.

The last years of his life were marked by illness which he bore with patience and grace.

He died suddenly, in hospital, on 26 June 1962 in the eighty-sixth year of his age and the sixty-first of his ministry.

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