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Mrs Mary Shad

A thanksgiving service for the life of Mary Shad will be held on Friday May 20th at 3pm at the River of Life Christian Centre, Hartcliffe, Bristol BS13 OPT.

It is hoped that a recording of the thanksgiving service will be available later.

Mary and her late husband, the Revd Richard Shad, were members of St Andrew's Fellowship of Youth and then served as missionaries in Johor Bahru in southern Malaysia. For a time they were part of the leadership there at Holy Light Church - English, where a missionary from the Presbyterian Church of England, the Revd George Hood had been the pastor. The church's website continues:

In February 1956, Hood took leave for a year and returned to England. In his place was Rev J Richard Shad who had come out specifically for English speaking work and shared his ministry between Johor Bahru and Katong.

Dick and Mary Shad were a lovely couple who gave fresh eyes and inspiration to the work. At a young and vibrant age of 26 years old, Shad left an indelible mark in the lives of many youths who later went on to serve in various ministries here and elsewhere. During the absence of the Hoods on leave, Dick and Mary lived in the manse which was next to the church where durian trees provided a lovely shade. Together they initiated the establishment of the Girls' Brigade and the Boys Brigade. During this time Dick was also helping at the Katong Presbyterian Church, to which he moved as their full-time pastor after the Hoods returned. During their time in Johor Bahru, their first child, Alice, was born.

Revd Richard Shad, then aged 26, and Mary Shad with their baby, Alice in 1956. (Picture taken from a colour slide taken by Rev George Hood en route to Australia)

I have not been able to establish the Shads more recent connection with St Andrew's, but Mary remained on our Friends list until the time of her death.


Posted on 1 May 2022