Funeral for former minister next week

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THE FORMER minister of the Arena Church in Ilkeston died on Tuesday morning after a brave fight against cancer.

Rev Eric Hobson, 69, was the minister at the Rutland Street church from 1991 until 2007 but continued to have an active role at the church until his death.

His son, Rev Paul Hobson, said: “It is with sadness that we announce Reverend Eric Hobson’s peaceful passing after a battle with cancer.

“He went to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 20. He is absent from the body but present with the Lord.”

Rev Hobson leaves his wife Carol, children Stephen, Andrew, Paul and Joy and their spouses and ten grandchildren.

His funeral will take place on Thursday March 29 at 11.30am at the Arena Church. All are welcome.