Farewell, Roy

Posted on 08 April 2011
Stephen had the privilege, recently, of assisting Rev. Reg West at the memorial service for Roy Hull.

Roy was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and, though now in his nineties, had been active, right to the end, in his active commitment to his Saviour.

Roy was married to Doris, a nurse who often undertook night-work. They had to boys. Roy himself rose to becoming manager of Tesco: a role that enabled the Sunday School to benefit… especially when fayres were being planned (he always insisted the prices were good!). When Doris was admitted to Priory House (where he eventually joined her), he opened a little shop at the Home and attended Doris from 9 to 7 every day.

At Ferndale, Roy was a hard worker and at various times Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and, living opposite the Church, kept an eye on the buildings and the Youth Club. He undertook home visits, especially at Christmas time, helped host the Wednesday Coffee Moring (and insisted on bone china cups) and was active in fundraising for the new Chapel.

Roy was a fundamentally shy man, with something of the gruffness and gaucheness that sometimes accompanies a fundamentally retiring nature. So he was both self-effacing and cantankerous; on occasion speaking up because no one else was saying anything!

But Roy was a good listener and one-to-one counsellor and he sought to witness wherever he went. He was a lay preacher and one of the ‘Southchurch Seven’. Together with Eric Whybrew, Tom Shepherd and others, he regularly trekked, through treacherous winter weather to Canvey Island to lead Bible studies.

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