By Mike Puia
THE Wesleyan Methodist Church in Gizo, Western province, pays tribute to one of its founding fathers, the late Lawry Wickham who passed away last week.
The Church’s National Secretary, Pr Joshua Loko, said the passing of late Lawry Wickham shocked the whole community of the church.
Loko said late Lawry Wickham was one of the founders of the re-birth of their church in 1996.
He said the late Wickham has lefty behind a legacy as a man of principle who believed and stood by his words.
Loko said late Wickham treated different people alike and their church members greatly missed him.
He said late Wickham’s passing is “a great loss for the Wesleyan Methodist Church in the Solomon Islands”.
Loko said late Wickham’s final contribution to the church was his successful moving of a motion during the National Conference in Noro in January to extend the term of their National Board for four years.
The funeral service of the late Wickham was conducted by the National Superintendent of the church, Rev George Vilopide, and the principal of their Noro Bible Training centre, Rev David Collins at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Gizo before the casket was transported to Rendova for his burial.
Loko said their church is proposing to conduct a memorial service to honour the late Wickham.
Late Wickham was a former Member of Parliament for Gizo/Kolombangara and a respected businessman in Gizo. He owned the popular PT 109 restaurant in Gizo.