Our well loved Brother and lately Honorary Member Ron Rhodes. Worshipful Master of Alfred Lodge No 306 in 1988, afterwards Secretary and Chaplain dies peacefully in Harrogate Hospital after a long illness.
W Bro. John Timothy (Tim) Coy, PPGReg 22 March 1947 - 23 May 2020 Tim sadly passed away to the Grand Lodge above on 23rd May 2020, after a long but bravely fought illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anthea and the family.
Tim was initiated into the Holme Valley Lodge, No. 652, on 18th October 1984 and became Master on 17th December 1999 and served as the Lodge’s Chaplain between 18th December 2008 to 14th December 2016.
He received his first Provincial on 17th May 2005 as PPJGD, finally being appoint to PPGReg on 16th December 2019.
Tim operated his own very successful business until his recent retirement, which incorporated being the NFU representative for the area for many years. A job he enjoyed and one in which he made many friends.
He will be sadly missed by the Lodge members and all that knew him.
An extremely popular stalwart of Rotherham Freemasonry for 47 years Past Master of Sandbeck Lodge 7275 and Past Member of WRAO Lodge 9645.
He joined the Royal Arch in 1977 and became the MEZ of Phoenix Chapter 904 in 1995. When attaining Provincial Rank, he was appointed an Acting Officer in both Craft and Royal Arch.
A Past Master of Rother Mark Lodge 651 and Founder Member Round Table Lodge 1664. Past Commander of both Welcome RAM Lodge 651 and Carl Whitehead Lodge of RAM 110. A Past Grand Junior Deacon in the Mark and Holder of RAM Grand Rank, Member of Thos. de Rotherham Chapter Rose Croix 1058.
Roy will be remembered with great fondness. In recent years he was Carer for his beloved wife Rosemary and having his own intermittent health problems.
Sadly, Rosemary died peacefully just 2 week after Roy, may they both rest in peace.
Jack sadly passed to the Grand Lodge above on 15th May, after a lengthy illness.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter Jackie, her husband Norman, grandchildren Rebecca and Victoria and great-grandchildren Mason, Jensen, Larna and Miller. His beloved wife Joyce died in 2004.
He had been a Freemason for 55 years and was initiated into the Lodge of Felicity No. 6001 in 1965. He held many offices in the Lodge before becoming Worshipful Master, for the first time in 1976 and again in 2007.
Jack distinguished himself at Provincial level, his first Provincial appointment was an acting office ProvAGDC, he was then promoted to PPGReg and eventually to PPJGW. He joined Terpsichore Lodge No. 7454, the renowned Dance Teachers Lodge in London, in 1970 and went through the Chair twice in this Lodge too and was promoted to Senior London Grand Rank. After succumbing to a lengthy illness resulting in him becoming wheelchair bound Jack resigned from Freemasonry, upon his retirement the Lodge made him an Honorary Member.
Jack was born in Queensbury where he had lived most of his life, he met his future wife Joyce in 1943 at a dance, they became dance partners and married in 1950. Together they won the British Amateur Championship in 1955 and the British Professional Championship in 1960 and 1961. They acquired their own ballroom school in 1957 and over the years they trained more than 40 British champions, their formation team won the British Championship seven times. Jack and Joyce were team captains on TV’s “Come Dancing”, their team won 6 times and were runners-up 5 times during the 11-years of the shows run. He had been awarded the Carl Allen Award, the Oscars of Dance 4 times, and in 2015 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Classique de Dance, the main European dance organisation. He had been a Dance Judge for many years and had been Chairman of the Panel of Dance Judges.
Jack achieved an HND in Engineering in 1950 and went on to Imperial College, London, where he received a First-Class BSc. Honours Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He went on to work on the Canberra Jet project at English Electric before deciding on a change of career and worked as an Engineer for the West Riding County Council and eventually for Bradford City Council where he rose to Deputy Chief Engineer. He retired in 1980 to concentrate on dance full time.
Jack will be deeply and sadly missed by his family and all his colleagues in the Craft, more particularly the younger members for whom he had a lot of time for.
W Bro. Roy Littlewood was born on the 24 March 1932, into the Littlewood Soft Drinks family and followed his father into that business. Later, after marrying Margaret, they ran a Country Club/Restaurant; Milford Hall, South Milford, Leeds for many years; well known to many Freemasons as the location of their annual Ladies night.
Roy was initiated into Tateshall Lodge on the 19th January, 1962 but became a joining member of The Saint Oswald Lodge 910, later moving on retirement to Scarborough returning to the area and Saint Oswald in 2004. He was also a Member of Saint Oswald Chapter. Roy was Master of the Lodge 1993 to 94 and remained an active Member as Chaplain until he was unable to do so owing to illness.
Roy was particularly supportive of new Brethren, always keen and willing to help, which made him highly regarded within Masonry, with many friends and he will be sadly missed.
He died peacefully at Connaught Court in York on the 7th May 2020.