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Octogenarian, George Crozier Initiated in to Hedworth Lodge

At their Christmas meeting on 27th December 2012, Hedworth Lodge No2418 initiated Mr George Hugh Crozier, who was proposed by the Worshipful Master, WBro Marshall Atkinson.  Born in November 1932, Bro George Crozier aged 80, now holds the distinction of being the oldest member ever to have been initiated into the Hedworth Lodge, by a margin of 11 years.
Bro Crozier is a Lewis, but has taken his time in coming to the Craft, although he knew that his father was a South Shields Freemason, he was never exactly certain as to which of the South Shields Lodges he belonged to.Therefore the Secretary, WBro Gary McDanielson, PPJGW was determined to discover exactly which Lodge that was, involving the assistance of the other secretaries in the town if need be.
This proved to be unnecessary, since looking no further than the Hedworth record books, he discovered that there had been two candidates by the name of Crozier. It would have been easier just to ask George what was the name of his father, but in order to preserve an element of surprise, a quick comparison of ages and a check on the BMD Register established that his father was one Frederick George Crozier who had joined Hedworth in 1938 aged 33. He was, at that time, Hotel Manager of the Dock Hotel, Tyne Dock. He was eventually raised to the Sublime Degree on 28th November 1940.
All was revealed to George at the Festive Board just before his response to the Toast to the initiate. He was taken aback to discover that not only had he joined his father’s Lodge, he had coincidentally joined it exactly 74 years to the night that his father was initiated at the Christmas meeting 29th December 1938.
We now wonder if this is a record, or can any other Lodge in the town or Province come up with an initiate who is older than Bro George?
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