James Dare, or Jim Dare, as most people knew him, was a person highly respected and loved by all those who knew
It was with a sad heart that crowds filled Smyrna Chapel and a large crowd assembled outside, on Saturday January 3rd. Those outside braved the freezing cold, to join with those of us lucky enough to be inside, to pay our final respects to Jim.
We were joined by past ministers, representatives from the Baptist Union, as well as the present mi nister,
to hear of Jim's unceasing and tireless work in the
He was a man who devoted his time to his chapel and his Lord, serving as organist, deacon and secretary of the church. He could also be called upon to take services and preach when the need arose, not only in his beloved Smyrna but also in other chapels in the wider community. He never stinted in his work and was always ready to help others and offer support.
A man respected and loved by
He was also a man with a sense of humour and we heard many stories about him, which made all laugh - I think on hearing them Jim would be laughing himself.
We heard from the various ministers about his dedication, commitment and love not only towards his beloved family but also towards his chapel and Saviour.
He is a man who will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
During the service we also learned that he was a man of hidden talent, writing poetry in his spare time. One of these poems was read for all to hear and I include this for all to read.