In Memoriam

Brethren who have passed to the Grand Lodge above

We remember with affection those Brethren who have practised the Craft, shaped our Province and who have now passed to the Grand Lodge above:

Worshipful Brother Ian Gibson passed to the Grand Lodge Above on Sunday 31st January 2021

W. Bro Ian Gibson received a Certificate of 60 years service to Freemasonry in 2017.  Ian who had been Initiated into our lodge on the 17th Jan 1964 and was Worshipful Master in October 1976. He was also presented with a letter from Rodney Bass OBE the Provincial Grand Master.

Brother John Austin Initiated 21 January 1972, Passed 17/03/1973, Raised 19/05/1972

John was the lodge organist and played a fine tune for many a years.

W. Brother Bill Kennedy 26th July1942 – 14th July 2020

Passed to the Grand Lodge above on Tuesday 14th July 2020. Bill joined our lodge 15th December 2006 and was a very active and supportive Mason. He was made Master of the lodge in October 2013 and was in 2018 given the honour’s: PPGStB. Our thoughts are with his beloved wife Pauline at this sad time.

Brother Jack Whittle 20 August 1917 – 1 May 2020

It is with heartfelt sadness news of the passing of Brother Jack Whittle on the 1st May 2020 to the Grand Lodge above. Jack had been awarded his 70th year masonic diploma that he received at the Priory in St.Osyth, from the PGM at the time WBro. J M Webb, a proud moment for Brother Jack and St.Osyth’s Priory Lodge. The most gentlest, sweetest man, Brother Jack would captivate audiences when he spoke of masonic history and tails of endurance and life at 100, his voice, clear and meaningful, filled with wisdom and bursting with knowledge and humor, he will be truly and deeply missed. On the 20th August 2017 our Brother became 100 years young, Jack joined our lodge in January 1983 having been a freemason since 1944, where he was initiated into Vespassian Lodge No. 4222 of Southampton.

W. Bro. Norman Good

W. Bro. Norman Good PPAGDC, born 23 January 1939 who passed to the Grand Lodge Above on the 5th November 2019, his funeral which was held at the United Reform Church, Clacton-on-Sea on the 2nd December 2019 was attended by family, friends and Brethren, as well as members of his church.

In his passing, we have lost an esteemed brother and a friend.

Eulogy for W. Bro. John Wells

John was born on 11th. Oct 1934 and he died on 24th Sept 2019 aged 85. John was a retired bank official having spent most of his working like with Lloyd’s Bank. John married Evelyn and they had three sons with whom they maintained a close and loving relationship.

John was initiated into Masonry, Passed and Raised in Black Horse of Lombard Street No. 4155, a lodge whose membership was restricted to employees of Lloyds Bank. The Lodge splitting into two John moved to the Lodge of Borrowed Light No. 9054, with John being one of the Founding members. John took up office within this new Lodge, progressing to being its Worshipful Master in 1992.

In 2016 John became an associated of the Holy Royal Arch Chapter, namely Coronation Chapter No. 2063, an order that John came to love dearly.

W. Bro. Kenneth John Donoghue PProvAGDC

30th March 1938 – 5th September 2017

Ken’s masonic career started at Elysian Lodge No.5242 in London. Ken moved to Clacton and joined our lodge in January 2003, where again he was an active member of the lodge and become our Director of Ceremonies for quite a few years. Ken is very much missed at our lodge activities and as a friend.

Brother Walter (Wally) White PProvAGPurs 1939 – 2016

bro-wally-whiteFell asleep 16th January 2016, Sadly missed by all his family and Masonic Brothers.

Wally joined our St. Osyth’s Priory Lodge and was initiated in 1994 having been sponsored by W. Bro. Bill Titmarsh and W. Bro. Michael Hogg; then in 1995 he was passed and raised to a Master Mason. In 2014 at The Grand Provincial Lodge of Essex,  Wally was Honoured as Assistant Grand Pursuivant. In his passing, we have lost an esteemed brother and a friend.


Michael Stanley Hogg 1933 – 2014

Fell asleep 4th August 2014

Michael Stanley Hogg

Michael Stanley Hogg

Michael’s Masonic career commenced in August 1968 and for the next 46 years, his energy and dedication were tireless.  Michael received many honours in his time in the Craft, Royal Arch and Rose Croix rising to the 31st degree in 1998.

Michael was a founding member of many Masonic institutions in the Province of Essex most especially the Essex Mason magazine and also the Essex Mason Trading Company which has donated many thousands of pounds to Provincial Festivals and local charities.

Much loved husband of Linda, beloved father of Paul & Annette and sadly missed by all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


W. Bro Doug Bareham who ‘passed’ during the 2014 Summer recess. Past Master 1975. Sadly missed by all his family.

In his passing we have lost an esteemed brother and a friend.


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