8th September 2017

It is with sadness that we report the peaceful passing of Pastor James Cuthell on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

James Marshall Cuthell was born in Leith, Edinburgh on 28 September 1931 where he grew up and went to school at Leith Academy. After completing his Higher Leaving Certificate James enrolled at Newbold College and further to completing the Theology course, he commenced employment on 1 September 1953 with the North England Conference (NEC) assisting with evangelistic outreach in Sheffield.

Over the next ten years James served in various districts in the NEC, some of them being: Middlesbrough and Darlington, Leicester, Handsworth, Halifax and Huddersfield, Coventry, and Rugby. During this period, he met Maureen Simpson from Sheffield and the couple were married in June 1956.  In 1963, they moved to the Scottish Mission where they served in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen.  It was when in Aberdeen that the family was blessed by the birth of their daughter Helen in August 1967.

In August 1971 James and family were called to the South England Conference and the Plymouth district where Maureen also worked as a teacher at Fletewood School.  Pastor James served many districts after Plymouth including: Chiswick, Richmond, Hounslow, Ealing, New Gallery, Southall, Slough, and Oxford / Swindon / Aylesbury.  It was from the last district that James retired in October 1996 having served the Church for forty-three years and one month.

James and Maureen continued to live in Kidlington after retirement and were active in the Oxford church for many years.  In January 2006 Maureen passed away which was a loss for James.  Unfortunately, later James started to exhibit the symptoms of dementia which progressively worsened over the years. Now at rest, the next thing James will know will be the reunions of the resurrection.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to daughter Helen Waller and her family.

A private funeral will be held on Friday 15 September.  A Memorial Service will be held at Oxford church on Sunday 29 October; further details to follow.

Donations in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research.


[Paul Lockham]

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