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By Rosemary Pollock

Former Mission, Temple President Joseph Hamstead

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Joseph Hamstead, 77, beloved husband and father and servant in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away August 9, 2001. Brother Hamstead served as president of the London, England Stake from 1967-1972 and served along with his wife Margaret as Temple President and Matron of the London Temple from 1982-1986. He served as a Stake Patriarch in the early 1980's and as president of the Zimbabwe Mission during 1987-1990. Of all the service that Joseph Hamstead gave to The Church, he loved missionary work the most. He and his wife continued serving with a Teaching Mission in Samoa and a Temple Mission in New Zealand.

Brother Hamstead graduated from Manchester University in 1946 with a Bachelors of Science degree and later received his Masters Degree from London University in 1957. He was the Vice-President of Marketing and Research for Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and commuted to London by train for over 30 years. He could often be spotted crossing the London Bridge on foot at 6 p.m. heading to the train with his umbrella and bowler hat.

He had a quick smile and kind word for all. He counseled many with his kind English manner and straight advise. He was slow to find fault and often quipped "the Gospel is true, the Saints ain't perfect." He is survived by his wife, Margaret Mary Ball; two daughters, a son, four sisters, and 11 grandchildren.


Joseph Hamstead
Salt Lake Tribune 13Aug01 P2


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