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The Good Keep Going
On the evening of Thursday 3rdMay 2018, the brethren of St Helen’s lodge met at the Masonic Hall Regent street, Hartlepool.
This was a regular meeting of special importance to celebrate 60 years in Freemasonry for George Ronald (Ron) Walker and a Deputation of the Officers of Provincial Lodge of Durham led by the Provincial Grand Master, Norman Eric Heaviside had attended to help the lodge celebrate.
After the lodge was opened, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Andrew Dixon processed the Deputation into the lodge room after which Ron joined Eric in the middle of the lodge. Eric started by saying what a pleasure it was to be there and to recognise Ron on his 60-year service – stating “The Good Keep Going” and that Ron was a “True Gentleman” and pleasure to be in his company.
Ron was initiated on 1stMay 1958 into Freemasonry, passed on 12thJanuary 1959 and raised on 7thMay 1959 and worked his way to becoming Master of St Helen’s lodge in 1969. In 1978 was appointed to Provincial Grand Treasurer a post he served for one year as was the tradition in that time. In 1983 he served Grand Lodge as Grand Treasurer and was promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon in 2005.
Ron is also a member of the Royal Arch being exalted in May 1963 and served as First Principal in 1978 and again was appointed to Provincial Grand Treasurer in 1983 and promoted to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 1995.
Ron as well as been a joining member of Durham Lodge of Installed Masters was one of the founding members of the Nevill lodge of Installed Masters in Darlington in 1991 and again served as Lodge Treasurer following a chat with Francis William Dixon.
Eric said that Ron had been an “Outstanding Servant” with Freemasonry being a family tradition with six members of the Walker family (father, uncle, two brothers and two cousins) as well as his mother’s brother also being a mason.
Ron attended Henry Smith Grammar school before becoming a Qualified Accountant at F Perryman and working his way up eventually becoming a Senior Partner.
Hobbies include caravanning (bought first caravan in 1973 shortly before VAT was added) with fellow St Helens member Reg Thompson. More recently, Ron has been on many cruises (17or 18), the best of which, been a tour of the Rockies by train then cruise to Alaska.
Andrew Dixon then read out the citation on the of recognition before it was presented to by Eric to Ron, wishing him many more years in Freemasonry. Ron then replied stating he had a lump in his throat and how wonderful it had been reminiscing exclaiming that he had been “honoured beyond what he deserved”.
The evening continued at the festive board with great speeches and wonderful harmony, an excellent evening enjoyed by all who attended.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”