DIMOND, Charles 1880 - 1951

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1952, page 122

Born at Birkenhead in 1880, was a son of the Rev. Richard Dimond, and the eldest of three brothers who entered the ministry from the United Methodist Free Churches.

He was accepted in 1907 and trained at Victoria Park College, Manchester. After spending five years in Salford and Manchester, he continued to serve in northern circuits during the earlier half of his ministry.

At Bacup and Nelson he did memorable work, and several young men entered the ministry through his encouragement and guidance.

He regularly formed young people's classes in preparation for Church membership, and in his last circuit at Hawarden his final service was the Communion Service at which twelve were admitted into Church membership.

Reverence and devotion marked all his conduct of worship, and he gave detailed care to business administration.

He was a musician and desired the very best in the music of Church worship.

A lover of English literature, he was an authority on George Meredith.
In his preaching he revealed the Christian scholar and evangelist, and in his pastoral work great tenderness and understanding.

To all his work he brought a keen sense of vocation, a mind well disciplined and of penetrative power, a fidelity and consecration of spirit which made him independent of the praise of men but a humble seeker of the praise and glory of God.

His later years were clouded by suffering. Deeply spiritual, he faced increasing weakness with great courage and patience and with unfailing thankfulness for the continual mercies of God.

He died on 4th September 1951, at the age of seventy and in the forty-fourth year of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1952

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