He was born at Dorchester and grew up at Wareham. After schooldays at Taunton School, he qualified as a solicitor and then joined his father as a partner in the family firm in Poole. He and his wife Vida were both cradle Methodists, belonging successively to High Street and Oakdale churches in Poole and finally to the Broadstone church. He served as circuit steward and on a number of chapel trusts and was a local preacher for over sixty years. He was chairman of MHA from 1974 to 1984 and was instrumental in the building of the Home at Poole. His expert legal knowledge was readily available in Methodist circles and in 1973 he was elected Vice-President of the Conference, serving with the Rev. Donald Lee - the only time both President and Vice-President came from the same District. He died at Bewdley, Worcs., on 21 May 2004.