J337 Photographer Bryan Waite donated by his family
Rev. Anderson with his wife and 2 children.
Email from Martin Rigg, 25th August 2017:
This was Rev. John G. Anderson in the early sixties. The photograph I think was
taken in the new manse at Rawdon. He was friendly with my father Edward Rigg and
came to tea at our house but on his own. He had a slightly nervous delivery from
the pulpit and you would say was a quiet but very nice man. I think he had the
beginnings of a stutter I remember when he came to preach at Providence his text
was Zechariah 4:10 'Who hath despised the day of small things?' His children's
address was something on the lines that it was easier to carry two cases than
one because you were not weighted down to one side - the moral of which escapes
me. After Rawdon he left the ministry to become a probation oficer in Leeds I
think but sang in a choir which remained his contact with the faith. I met him
at a bookfair and asked him why he had left. He said that he felt he lost his
faith in the sixties when so many did and felt he wasn't getting anywhere. I
said to him rather boldly 'who hath despised the day of small things? I never
heard anything about him after that.
Apparently he died earlier
this year having suffered mental deterioration at the end. It was Scholes to
which he moved after Rawdon. His wife and two children survive him. He had a
North East accent - not too marked but obviously came from the Newcastle region
and had auburn hair as I recall. He was a very nice man and very good with
children. I will try to find out more for you on the subject. Hope that this is
of use but you may have more on it from others.
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