R.W.Bro. John F Kerr
P.G. Master of Down
It is with deep regret and sadness that we have to inform you of the
sudden passing of our esteemed R.W. Brother John Fraser Kerr, on Tuesday 3rd
Initiated in Felicitas Lodge No. 760 in November 1959, he was Worshipful
Master in 1971. His active interest in the affairs of the Province was
reflected in the successive Offices to which he was called:- P.G. Supt. of
Works 1986; Hon.P.P. Junior Grand Warden 1991; P. Asst. Grand Master 1994;
P. Deputy Grand Master 2000 and Provincial Grand Master in 2001. As a
Chartered Surveyor, he used his skills to great effect in the maintenance
and uplifting of Masonic properties in the Province. R.W. Bro. Kerr also
held the position of Chairman of the Corinthian Housing Association. Such
was his work for and commitment to all levels of the Order, he had been
elevated to the 280
To his Widow and family circle we tender our sincere sympathy.
M.E.C. Alan S Watt M.B.E.; J.P.
Alan S Watt, a Scotsman, was born in the Shetland Islands and following
the 2nd World War his family moved to Liverpool. He was
conscripted for National Service from 1949 to 1951. In 1958 he started a
printing company in Belfast and in 1959 he opened an office in Dublin,
followed soon afterwards with further expansion to his operation in
London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. He married in 1955 and has 3 children.
1971 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace and later in 1996 he was
honoured with the M.B.E. Alan is a Past President of the Belfast
Benevolent Society of St. Andrew; Vice President of the Royal Scottish
Pipe Band Association and currently Vice President of the RUC Football
As a Mason, he was
initiated in Lodge 427 in 1964and was W. Master in 1972. He also
affiliated to Lodge 763 and served 2 Grand Masters as Standard Bearer in
1980 and 1981. Alan was elected as Junior Warden at Grand Lodge in 2000
and Senior Grand Warden in 2001. He became a Royal Arch Mason of Chapter
427 in 1968 and appointed District Grand King of Antrim in 1997. He
represented Western Australia at Grand Chapter.
As a Knight Templar he
was invited to join Unity Preceptory in 1972 and as a Foundation Member of
Liscoole Preceptory was the Em. Preceptor in 1981. In 1995 he was made an
Honorary Past Great Constable of the Great Priory of Ireland.
He became a member of
Prince Mason’s Chapter No. 5, was M.W.S. in 1988, received the 28th
Degree in 1989, the 30th Degree in 1995; the 31st
Degree in 1998 and the 32nd Degree in November 2002. He is also
a member of the Royal Order of Scotland.
M.E.C. Watt passed away
suddenly on 8th January 2003 while on a cruise in the Caribbean
with his wife Shelagh and daughter. Our sincere sympathy is extended to
his Widow and family circle.
The New Year started
with an interesting experience. On January 4th, The Mayor of
Lisburn, Councillor Betty Campbell graciously welcomed me to the City of
Lisburn with a Civic Reception to mark my visit. We exchanged gifts and
greetings. I was accompanied by the Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro.
William Mawhinney and Officers of Lodge Ireland 2000, our Internet Lodge.
The event was pleasantly informal and enjoyable. We were interested to see
the very fine new Civic Centre and the Chamber where the City Council
meet. Following this engagement, I attended the Installation Meeting of
Lodge Ireland 2000, which was impressive and well supported.
that most of our Lodges have installed their Officers for 2003, I wish to
congratulate all Brethren involved on attaining their new Offices. In my
December address to Grand Lodge, I drew attention to the importance of
future planning and I appeal to all Worshipful Masters, Wardens and
Secretaries to work together to plan effectively for the future of their
Lodge, your efforts will ensure that the Lodge is vibrant and successful.
I look forward to
seeing a good attendance at our next Grand Lodge Meeting on Thursday March
6th at the Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan by kind
invitation of our Brethren in the Province of Meath.
Eric N. Waller
Lodge of Friendship
In January 1998 a
social committee was elected for the purpose of fund-raising, the idea to
hold a charity golf competition seemed to be the choice of the eleven
The first competition was held at Mount Oben Golf Club and it has remained
the venue ever since. The £800 raised on that evening was presented to the
then P.D.G.M., R.W.Bro. J F Kerr.
The second competition was held in May 2000 and raised £1,500, the cheque
being presented to the then P.G.M. R.W.Bro. W Mawhinney at the Slieve
The 10th May 2002 was the date for our next competition and was
organised to coincide with a visit from Friendship Masonic Lodge 1712
Edinburgh, the social evening in the Golf Club was attended by 140 guests.
On Saturday 11th May a gala evening held at the Ramada Hotel
was organised by Bro. Jackie Geddios, a member of Lodge 978, 170 guests
attended and the entertainment was provided free by stars from Northern
Ireland Show Business.
The Secretary of Lodge
978, W.Bro. R J White presents the cheque for £3,000 to R.W.Bro. R H Gray
On Saturday 12th
October, at a stated communication, the Lodge presented the P.A.G.M.,
R.W.Bro. R H Gray, with a cheque for £3,000 which was donated to the
Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund.
The Farmer’s Lodge of Friendship wishes to thank the Brethren from nearby
Lodges who gave their support to this very successful weekend.
R J White