Stephen sadly passed to the Grand Lodge above on 29th March, after a short illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Bobbie, and the family.
A Mason for over 55 years Stephen was initiated into St Wilfrid Lodge, No 6395 on 14 May 1964 by his father, who also passed and raised him. He held many offices in the Lodge before becoming Worshipful Master in 1981.
He was a Founder Member of the Dales Lodge, No 9554, Yorks. N & ER, which met at Richmond. He also became a Joining Member of Zetland Lodge, No 1331 in 2005. He was exalted into the Royal Arch in Fairfax Chapter No 3255 on 7 October 1970 and became First Principal in 1983.
Stephen distinguished himself at Provincial level particularly as Director of Ceremonies. In the Craft he was first appointed a Provincial Grand Steward in 1990, rising to PPJGW in 1997. He became Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1999. He held that office for eight years until 2007, serving two Provincial Grand Masters. On his retirement from the office, he was appointed PPSGW. His work was recognised by Grand Lodge, and in 2000 he was appointed to the acting rank of Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and promoted in 2008 to PJGD.
In Provincial Grand Chapter he was appointed Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1994 and served in that office until 1998 taking up the same office in Provincial Grand Lodge the following year. He was promoted to PPGSN in 2000. His work in the Royal Arch was recognised by Supreme Grand Chapter, and he was appointed PGStB in 1994 and promoted to PAGSoj in 2005.
Stephen was also a past President and stalwart member of the Grand Officers’ Mess in the Province. Stephen was more than just a delightful person; he was always kind and considerate. He was also a gregarious person whose presence will be missed by so many.
Stephen was an accomplished musician who graced and supported, many a Masonic occasion throughout the Province either with his singing or playing the organ or piano. Many Masons can say that their life has been all the richer for knowing Stephen. While he was a stickler for protocol and ensuring that ritual and Masonic ceremony was carried out in a correct manner, it was always done in the best interest, and to further the masonic education of Brethren and Companions.
His Lodges and Chapter will miss his somewhat loud stage whispers if something was not being done to his liking. His guidance, friendship, ready wit, and charming personality will be missed by us all.