Sadly, the Brethren recorded hereunder
have passed to the Grand Lodge above.
W. Bro. Anthony William John Worcester, PPJGW 9th November 1935 - 14th July 2020
W. Bro. Worcester was initiated into Goderich Lodge No. 1211 on 1st May 1967 and installed as its Master on 31st March 1980. He fulfilled all his Offices in the Lodge with dignity and distinction and was a true example to his fellow brethren.
He was awarded a Certificate commemorating his 50 Years in Freemasonry at a Regular Lodge meeting held on 15th May 2017.
W. Bro. Tony was Goderich Lodge’s most senior Subscribing Past Master and was a stalwart member, maintaining a regular attendance until recent health problems made it difficult. His enthusiasm for freemasonry was matched by his knowledge and wise counsel and the members will be eternally grateful for his outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of Goderich Lodge.
He was also a member of the Leeds and District Lodge of Installed Masters No. 7918 and Headingley Lodge No. 2608, and was a founding member of the Rugby Football Lodge No. 9811.
Tony was also a Companion in the Royal Arch, having been Exalted on the 9th of February 1970. He never progressed to be a Principal, but served a total of 12 years as its Scribe E.
Outside of Freemasonry, Tony was a successful businessman, being head of a Leeds based prestigious construction company and a lead figure of a number of sporting organisations.
Above all, he was a genuine family man, he was married to his wife Alvena for 60 years and they have a son Paul and a daughter Lisa, who all supported him in his masonic journey.
W. Bro. Tony was a much loved and well respected man who will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
21 April 1939 - 6 April 2020
Initiated into Pengestone Lodge No 6933 15 May 1985 and Worshipful Master in 2002.
Following National Service, David entered the Steel Industry at Stocksbridge Works where a number of Pengestone Lodge members were employed, leading to his Masonic interests.
At that time, the Lodge membership was very high, and a 17-year path to the Chair was not uncommon while fulfilling the progressive Officers pathway.
David became Secretary of the Lodge in 2009 and was later promoted to Past Junior Warden in Provincial Grand Lodge, subsequently becoming Liaison Officer and Honorary Member of Friendly Lodge No 1513.
David had a wry sense of humour and could use this to bring smiles to the faces of his Masonic colleagues, and for this, he will be particularly remembered.
Together with his wife Margaret, he made a great contribution to the running of the Lodge and its variety of Social activities In recent years both Margaret and David had health problems, necessitating Margaret's admission to a Barnsley Care Home. Sadly, Margaret died on 20 March, her funeral taking place on 3 April. In a strange twist of fate, David was called to the Grand Lodge above only 3 days later.
Thomas Wilfred Jowett 1927- 2020 It is with a mixed sense of great sadness and pride that I find myself writing these words for a man who I held in the highest esteem. A man who was a true father figure to me. I first met Wilf, as he was known, when I joined Freemasonry in 1999. We immediately “got on” and hit it off straight away; but then again Wilf did with everyone he met.
The smile above, says it all. Thomas Wilfred Jowett was born 15th June 1927 at Thorpe Village, Ardsley. He attended Thorpe school and was the first child to go onto and attend Stanley Secondary Modern. One of his daughters, Marjorie, still works there. Wilf left school at 15 and started an apprenticeship at William Barr, (better known possibly as Wallace Arnold), as an apprentice Mechanic. At the age of 18 however, Wilf was called up and joined the Army.
He was in REME, (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) serving most of his service in Germany. Back in civvie life, he married the love of his life, Marjorie, in September 1948 and had two daughters, Ann and Marjorie.
He worked at Millers and William Irwins as a plant manager, before retiring at 58. During this time, Wilf was introduced to Freemasonry and was initiated into Liberty Lodge on 12th June 1975. Working his way up the ladder, Wilf became Master of that Lodge in 1987. Travelling across Leeds to attend Liberty Lodge however, was becoming more difficult and so Wilf decided to join a Lodge closer to home. I am so pleased that Wilf chose to join Cockburn Lodge. He did so in 1994 and I know personally that Wilf thought the world of Cockburn. As did Marj. This is evident to this day. Marj has repaired our banner so many times, I doubt anyone can remember how many. If anything needed adjusting or sewing, Marj was the first port of call. Likewise, Wilf, so good with his hands. He crafted the cabinet that holds our Past Masters Jewels as well as the box that holds our Consecration Jewel. If anyone in his family needed anything mending, they would go to Wilf who would say,” What do you think I am a Penny Marvel?”
Wilf and Marj were inseparable and went everywhere together. It’s no surprise that it came as such a shock when we sadly lost Marj in April 2018. When the time was right, Wilf returned to Lodge meetings, which he continued to do until illness prevented him doing so. Wilf will be greatly missed. He was always immaculately turned out, disciplined, a good listener, would do anything for anyone, a grafter, spoke wisely, never a bad word to say about anyone, a true Gentleman and a role model. A favourite mantra of mine is; “out of every negative, comes a positive”. You may be asking where is the positive in this? Well, Wilf leaves behind his daughters Ann and Marjorie. There are 4 grandchildren, (3 girls and 1 boy) , and 6 great grandchildren. Perhaps more importantly, Wilf and Marj are together again. Thomas Wilfred Jowett All is well and all shall be well.
Brother Raymond Fotherby, 87 years, passed away in Doncaster Royal Infirmary, on the 23rd of June 2020, after a short illness, his wife; Marion and son; Karl were present.
Ray was a dedicated Freemason but sadly for many years had suffered ill-health. Despite this when in the Lodge he offered unsolicited support to Brethren entering Freemasonry.
A former Police Officer, in the Doncaster Borough Police and had served in the Armed Forces he was well respected in the community.
In younger life he enjoyed playing cricket and football and was a keen supporter of England in both disciplines.
A man large in physical stature and spirit.