1167. Harold Foster Clark
Ex-Leura Resident Dies, "CIark, The Invincible"
Residents of the Blue Mountains will learn with sorrow of the death of Mr. Harold Foster CIark, at Concord. Until the last four years the late Mr. Clark had resided at Leura. He was well-known as an outstanding rifleman, being hon. secretary of the Katoomba Rifle Club for many years. He was club champion many times, and also Blue Mountains champion shot. His regard was such that he became known, as 'Clark the Invincible.'
Source: The Blue Mountains Advertiser 2 Oct 1952
2137. William George Laker
Died from wounds received in France
Passing of Rev. Samuel Wedge
After months of illness, the Rev. Samuel Wedge passed to his rest and reward on Sunday last. In the midst of the activities of a singularly successful ministry in the Botany Circuit, he was suddenly laid aside, but he was found fully resigned to what he knew was an illness from which he would not recover. Mrs. Wedge and the family lovingly tended him as he lay waiting the call to the higher service, and the home was a House of God to them all, and also to those who visited it to enquire and pray. He was strongly upborne by the ministrations of his brother ministers, who from time to time called upon the family, and had fellowship with him in the Gospel of the Grace of God. He has left behind him not only material monuments of his ministry in the circuits where he laboured, but the influence of a forceful and radiant personality, and especially in Botany, where in labours more abundant, and in suffering and pain endured with Christian patience, he served Christ and the people with unfailing fidelity and hope. Mr. Wedge began his ministry, at Nymagee Canbelego in 1910, after training at the theological institution. He continued his probation in the Ballina, Gulgong, and Dural Circuits, and was then appointed to Forbes, and afterwards, in turn, to Gosford, The Orara, Wollongong, Millthorpe, Canowindra, Mortdale, and Botany. In all these circuits he was greatly esteemed for his character and his work's sake. As a preacher Mr. Wedge took high rank. A discerner of the profundities of the Gospel, his pulpit expositions and appeals moved his people towards the heights of Christian experience, and in every circuit his preaching was in demonstration of the Spirit and power. He thought deeply on the Revelation of God in the Holy Scriptures. He carried the 'good news' to the homes of his people in pastoral visitation, to which he devoted a large portion of his time. He built up a truly Christian home, which was itself a great factor in the evangelistic witness he bore throughout his ministry. He lived to see all his children in the active service of the Church. 'They rise up and call him, blessed.' Mrs. Wedge has passed through a period of great anxiety for her husband's health, and has been wonderfully sustained. She greatly helped Mr. Wedge to be the man and the minister he was, and she will be affectionately remembered in the circuits where they laboured, and where she was loved as an exemplary Christian woman and minister's wife. We express to her and her family our deepest sympathy in their bereavement. The President of the Conference, Rev P. L. Black, presided at the funeral service at the Botany Church, and expressed to Mrs. Wedge and the family the sympathy of the Conference, which shared their grief at the passing of a beloved minister. He kept the faith valorously. He lived bravely and died fearlessly. The Church thanks God for a brave, gallant soul, a man who lived his faith. The Rev. Mr. Huthnance, representing the Botany Ministers' Fraternal, paid a tribute, saying that he had not met a man who had a greater grip on life than Mr. Wedge. He left a mark upon the whole community. He was greatly valued in the Fraternal for his wisdom, leadership, and co-operation. 'A fine man and a dear friend.' The main address was delivered by Rev. R. J. Williams. He and Mr. Wedge were members of the Preachers' Class of the late Rev. J. G. Middle ton in the Stanmore Circuit, and they were students together in the Theological Institution, and were afterwards colleagues in the Wollongong Circuit, where he was greatly appreciated by all sections of the community. His pulpit messages in the churches of that circuit were eagerly anticipated. He was a man of original mind, of deep consciousness, of strong purpose, and of unquenchable faith. A strong man with a tender nature. His tireless industry and his shining faith were a great inspiration to all who had any thing to do with him. We are humbled by the testimony he has left us. His high assurance of the ultimate victory of spiritual things will long be remembered. The Botany Circuit is a striking tribute to the quality of his work. It has held together magnificently, notwithstanding his long absence from its leadership. His widow and family have been in all these months of his sickness in the thoughts and prayers of his brother ministers, who thank God for him, and ever shall. Revs. W. N. Lock, E. Coplin Thomas, W. C. Fullerton took part in the service at the church. Rev. Claude L. Connor delivered the address at the Crematorium, and referred in glowing terms to the character and work of the deceased minister. The congregation, which included many ministers, filled the church to capacity.
Source: The Methodist 13 Apr 1940