19/4/39 - 13/4/20 Steven started his masonic career on 20/5/87 when he was initiated into Pengastone Lodge No 6933.
In 1992 he became a joining member of Constancy lodge No 6359 where he was Worshipful Master in 1995/96, 97/98 and again in 2000/01. Steve was also the Lodge Almoner and Mentor. After the unfortunate closure of Constancy Lodge he joined the Lodge of Peace No 149 in Jan 2018. Unfortunately, due to his deteriorating health, he was not able to spend much time at his new lodge but did manage to attend a few meetings and social events.
Steven was a keen golfer and supported many events run by the West Riding Masonic Golf Association, of which he had been the secretary of the Huddersfield district.
Steven will be sorely missed by his wife Pauline and all who knew him.
W. Bro Stuart William Green passed away peacefully at home on the 10th April 2020.
Stuart was Initiated into Justice Lodge No. 4632 in the Province of East Lancashire. He joined The Rectitude Lodge No. 4383 on 4th November 2011 and played a full and active part in the Lodge. He was a very well thought of and popular member. Despite his poor health it was always his wish to be installed into the Chair of King Solomon. Stuart was installed as Master of The Rectitude Lodge in February 2016. He was an excellent ritualist and his delivery was always done with passion, engagement and balance. Stuart served in the Household Cavalry Blues and Royals, Royal Horse Guards. and, though a very caring man who was unafraid of conflict, joined the Prison Service and worked at HMP Strangeways Manchester then HMP Wakefield where he retired in 1994 having reached the rank of Governor.
7 July 1957 - 9 April 2020. Musician [Huddersfield University, LRAM], Organist, Pianist, Composer, Sound Recordist extraordinaire, gifted photographer, supreme Volvo enthusiast, staunch friend and the most wonderful company. Remembered by so many all over the North of England, the UK, our province (and other provinces and orders) for his gifts and commitment. Special, welcome and regular guest at many lodges, including Zetland 1311 and St John's 827 among others.
Greatly loved brother of Jan and Uncle to Georgina and Ben. David died peacefully at home in Scawhorpe, Doncaster on Thursday 9 April. It is hoped to arrange a memorial thanksgiving event for David later.
His funeral, taken by his friend W Bro Christopher M Clay JP, PM of Caxton Lodge 1853, took place in Doncaster on Friday 1 May.
W Bro. Noel TalbotP.M. Lodge Acacia 2321 died unexpectedly on April 7th at the age of 44 yrs, despite “no underlying illnesses.”
Noel was initiated into Acacia in 2002, and his enthusiasm for the Craft never wavered. He would proudly tell anyone and everyone that he was the youngest ever master of the lodge at the age of 33 yrs in 2009-10.
An excellent ritualist in Craft and Chapter (He was Past Second Principal in Pentalpha Chapter 974) he tackled everything he attempted, as in life. With huge enthusiasm.
He was an excellent Mentor in his lodge, also serving as Director of Ceremonies. He was especially proud of his Provincial Promotion to Acting Asst. Dir. of Ceremonies, a position in which he excelled. The job was ideal for him, with his upright intention booming voice and commanding presence.
Noel began his working life as a policeman, before setting up a successful joinery business with his father, David. All who worked for him spoke highly of him. Unfortunately, the company folded due to fraudulent activity from an outside party. Not to be deterred, Noel set out on another career in the building industry and was proud of the many qualifications which he gained. He eventually became site manager for many significant developments in Yorkshire, London and finally the nuclear sector in Cumbria. At any one time, he might have had 400 or more people working for him, and they would not all have been easy folk to deal with!
Noel was a knowledgeable character, always ready to share his views, sometimes in a forthright fashion. As his partner, Jess commented, “he would find somebody to argue with even when he was asleep”. Behind this formidable exterior, he was a sensitive, caring man always ready to give a quiet word of support and concern, as many of us will remember.
After many years of difficulty and turmoil, Noel had finally found, in the last 5 yrs, peace and fulfilment with Jess and eldest daughter Sophie. Jess was the perfect foil for Noel, an absolute sweetheart, as Noel knew very well. Life was indeed looking bright…
He leaves his parents Audrey and David, a brother and 3 children aged 17yrs 8 yrs and 6 yrs.
Initiated into Pengestone Lodge No 6933 15 May 1985 and Worshipful Master in 2002.
Following National Service, David entered the Steel Industry at Stocksbridge Works where a number of Pengestone Lodge members were employed, leading to his Masonic interests. At that time, the Lodge membership was very high, and a 17-year path to the Chair was not uncommon while fulfilling the progressive Officers pathway.
David became Secretary of the Lodge in 2009 and was later promoted to Past Junior Warden in Provincial Grand Lodge, subsequently becoming Liaison Officer and Honorary Member of Friendly Lodge No 1513.
David had a wry sense of humour and could use this to bring smiles to the faces of his Masonic colleagues, and for this, he will be particularly remembered.
Together with his wife Margaret, he made a great contribution to the running of the Lodge and its variety of Social activities In recent years both Margaret and David had health problems, necessitating Margaret's admission to a Barnsley Care Home. Sadly, Margaret died on 20 March, her funeral taking place on 3 April. In a strange twist of fate, David was called to the Grand Lodge above only 3 days later.