COOPER, Willliam Alfred 1882 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 215

Born in Norwich in 1882. It was in 1903 that he went as a pre-collegiate to Wigan because of the death of a minister.

Entering the Ministry of the United Methodist Free Churches in the following year, he served first of all at Bolton, and afterwards at Penarth, Burnley, Redditch. Bristol, Mansfield, and then in London at Forest Gate, Lee, Paddington and Broomwood.

He became an active supernumerary at Chalfont St Giles before his full retirement.

He had a gentle spirit, which was sustained by a real devotion to Christ. He loved preaching, and people wanted to hear him. Young men especially owed much to him, and he was a great encourager to any who wished to preach or enter the Ministry, and throughout his time he was a true pastor of his flock.

His last years were full of difficult illness, but he triumphed over it most certainly. In great weakness he remained a man of grace.

He died on 5 May 1962, in the eighty-first year of his age and the fifty-ninth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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