We Remember ... Heroes of the Faith at St. Michael's - George Lomax
13 November 1912 – 4 August 1970
George Lomax, his wife Ann and their three children Mary, John and Peter began to attend St Michael’s Church around 1953. George was heavily involved in St Michael’s Players as a very accomplished actor, director and set builder; he would often write sketches for Harvest Supper performances by the Players.
His artistic skills extended to painting, a hobby that he rediscovered after a heart attack when he was 51. He produced a very creditable oil painting of the chancel and choir, which was presented to Alan Richardson, the former vicar.
The wooden honours boards on the pillars in the chancel have the names of those remembered from the two world wars. He didn’t want those men to be forgotten so, when the names became very indistinct, he decided to re-gild the lettering which took many hours of his time.
He will probably most be remembered as a Churchwarden, a post he held with distinction for many years including taking the church into Christian Stewardship giving in the 1960’s.
The Parish Magazine tribute to George written, it is thought, by Edmund Williams-Ashman includes the following: ‘Those particular God-given talents that George possessed such as painting, organising, and giving enjoyment to others by his acting abilities, he freely returned to God by his church activities, let alone the Christian influence he had upon his business colleagues by example rather than by doctrine. It is not given to us all to merit, as George would merit, the epitaph, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’. And may we remind you Ann, and your children (slight consolation though it may be) that every time we step into St. Michael's Church………. we will have memories of George.’