Obituary of Harold Wilfred Haworth (1877-1941)

(From the Church Times, date and page unknown)


By the death of Canon Haworth the Church in the diocese of Chester has lost a most faithful and devoted priest, who laboured there from 1907 to 1939. He began his ministry in 1903 at St. Andrew's, Fulham, where one of his fellow-curates was the present Bishop of Exeter. Four years later he moved North to Tarporley as assistant priest, and then became in turn vicar of Disley, of Christ Church, Crewe, and of Bowdon. His services for the diocese were many and varied. He was an Inspector of Schools, secretary of the Diocesan Ordination Candidates Fund, Warden of the Lay Readers, as well as Proctor in Convocation and member of the Church Assembly.

Canon Haworth had outstanding gifts as a preacher and teacher. To hear him with children was an inspiration; and those to whom he gave a title will perhaps remember him best as an ideal first vicar who set the highest standards of priestly life and work. He took immense pains in the training of his deacons and was very insistent on their setting first things first. They found him always a kind and sympathetic priest, a real friend with a keen sense of humour, and one whose interest in their work continued long after they had moved to other spheres. Of a somewhat shy and retiring disposition, he was indeed one of the "holy and humble men of heart." In 1939 illness compelled him to retire to Lingfield, where he has now been laid to rest. A former colleague, the Rev. W.H. Brind, vicar of Toft, said the Requiem, and another, the Rev. L.R. Egerton, vicar of St. Mark's, Barnet Vale, took the service at the graveside.

Death Notice

(From the Church Times, date and page unknown)

HAWORTH -- On June 10, at Cranford, Lingfield, Surrey, HAROLD WILFRED HAWORTH, Priest, Canon Emeritus of Chester Cathedral, lately Vicar of Bowdon, Cheshire, beloved husband of Norah Christian (née Orford), in his 64th year.

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