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70 Years Celebration


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On 20th February the Past Provincial Grand Master, Rt W Bro Eric Heaviside, was privileged to attend Vulcan Lodge No 5757 at Blackhill, to present a 70 Year Certificate to W Bro Eric Oliver PM. a very rare occurrence for a Brother to have unbroken service for 70 years.


Eric was Initiated on 16th February 1950 into Vulcan Lodge having been proposed by his father, W Bro Jim Oliver, becoming Master of the Lodge in 1967.  Rt W Bro Heaviside gave a brief resume of Erics life who in turn recalled some of the more notable events. Eric has always enjoyed his Freemasonry and although he is not a regular attender, has always ensured that his Annual subscriptions are paid on time.


Eric also outlined his working life in Hospital Analytical services. He began at Shotley Bridge Hospital and after becoming manager of his Department he was later engaged by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead where he was Manager of their Laboratories until he retired. Eric was also a keen Golfer at Heworth Golf Club and later at Garesfield where he is still a Social Member. At the age of 91 years Eric continues to enjoy good health.


At the Festive Board the Vulcan Brethren Presented Eric with a beautiful piece of engraved Glassware suitably inscribed. In his reply Eric expressed how much he had enjoyed the evening and thanked the Brethren most heartily for their kindness.

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