Minister 'loved by all' mourned

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

A METHODIST minister, who travelled all over the Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton circuit preaching, has died after 11 years of living with cancer. Minister Hugh Humble, who was based at Tower Street Methodist Church, was honoured by over 150 people at a th

A METHODIST minister, who travelled all over the Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton circuit preaching, has died after 11 years of living with cancer.Minister Hugh Humble, who was based at Tower Street Methodist Church, was honoured by over 150 people at a thanksgiving service.He died peacefully after living with prostate cancer and only retired from his work earlier this year.Mrs Joy Humble said: "I'm surrounded by cards - there are over 100."He was very loved by everyone, from his teaching days to his congregation."The 86-year-old Brixington man trained to be a minister during the Second World War while he was serving in the armed forces as a radar mechanic.Mr Humble married his wife, Joy, in 1945 and went to live in Surrey, where he taught as head of geography at Therfield Comprehensive School.Once he retired in 1982 he headed to Exmouth to continue his real passion and lead the Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton circuit.The minister was circuit steward and a church steward at Tower Street Methodist Church but preached all over the circuit.Former minister Alec Robert said: "He was humble by name and humble by nature - truly respected, loved by everyone young and old."He was also a member of the Exmouth Camera and Travel Club and presented regular slideshows from his travels - his most remembered slideshow are pictures from a cruise up the length of Chile, particularly those of the Magellan penguins.He has been survived by wife Joy, daughters Elizabeth and Gillian, son Andrew, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

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