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Rev. William Henry Greenway Bristow

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    "Padre (Rev) William Henry Greenway Bristow, minister. Born: 1 March 1926. Died: 22 January 2018, aged 91. Padre Bill Bristow passed away peacefully at home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was truly a people person who always showed care and compassion for those in need and help when and where he could.
    Bill was born in Coatbridge and he and brother Bob were brought up by grandparents Bill and Isabella Greenway, whom they affectionately called Mum and Dad. They encouraged Bill’s musical gifts – he became an accomplished tenor singer and played piano and organ. Later he learned the bagpipes and violin.
    Much to his grandmother’s upset at age 18, being keen to play his part for King and Country, he enlisted in the Navy, trained as a signalman, and was subsequently posted to Lowestoft. He was attached to Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) 497, which was involved in one of the last English Channel battles of the Second World War. It was the horror of this conflict that later led him to pursue the church as a vocation."
    www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/obituary-rev-bill-bristow-army-and-hospital-chaplain-headmaster-and-care-home-chairman-1-4711246
     

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