Tributes given


After his death, many tributes to his life followed to the life of Charles Thompson, some of which I have given below:

  • "His Christianity was of an exceedingly cheerful type and his faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ was childlike in its simplicity and firm in its grasp. At a Christmas Dinner in 1883 we arranged the first of the Christmas Day Dinners, when 530 children were regaled with hot pot and plum pudding together with an orange given to each child. The annual supply never failed after that. Space will not permit me to give details of the work in which my dear friend engaged, or instances of the blessing accruing from his unselfish devotion to the interests and well being of others. Suffice to say that no pen can adequately describe the joy and gladness introduced into the young life of the hundreds under his influence. He visited homes of wretchedness and squalor, sought to reclaim the drunkard, to cheer the lives of the downcast, to soothe the pillow of the dying, to introduce the light and hope of the Gospel to the despairing." (J G B Mawson, Baptist Lay Preacher).
  • "His office was unpretentious - a chair, with a small box on it, was his stool. All around him were parcels of stores, toys and books. His office told at once the tale that he stood on no ceremony, that there was no ice to break, that he was certainly the most approachable man to the tiniest child or most lapsed of men and women. He was one of those 'never mind-me' sort of men. He thought of himself last of all or, at times, never at all." (Rev. George Rapkin, Church of Christ, Alvaney Place).
  • "At his weekly meeting of eighty widows many came on the Thursday with sad hearts but they left with a stronger faith in God and a brighter hope of Heaven, a faith and hope enkindled by his friendly word, his glad song and his sunny smile. To them he was "a shelter from the storm and a covert from the wind." Nor can we forget him in the tiny garden among the swings and toys where he collected the maimed, the halt, and the blind from the Tranmere Workhouse. In the Workhouse Hospital and Wards he was a frequent visitor and his words of comfort and spiritual counsel were always enforced by some little personal gift." (Rev. F Church, Brunswick Chapel).
  • "His form will ever be associated with the May Day Festival, the glorious Steamboat River Trips, and the feast of good things on New Brighton Sands. At the daily meals for the children we could not look down the four rows of radiant faces and merry eyes without hearing the voice of the world's Redeemer, saying - 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, ye have done it unto Me.'" (Rev. F Church, Wesleyan Minister).
  • "You would find him at the Borough Hospital on Sabbath afternoons, by song and handshake and prayer cheering the suffering; at the sick-bed of the pauper, too, or in the lowly dwelling of the widow and the orphan, in the prison cell, trying to fan back into a flame the flickering spark of grace in the breast of some erring one; feeding the hungry in the peaceful hours of the early Sabbath morning in the Mission, and revelling in the outburst of sacred song and worship at the night services with which his works of mercy and of love were crowned." (J R Kaighin).
  • "At the Workhouse in Tranmere he was always a great favourite. His regular visits to that sombre-looking institution were as a welcome ray of sunshine after a long period of gloom to many poor creatures who find a home there, and who experience all too little of life's pleasures and joys." (H McWhinnie)