Sadly, the Brethren recorded hereunder
have passed to the Grand Lodge above.
5th August 1926 ~ 4th December 2020
Born on the 5th August 1926 Norman went to school in Warrington completing his school education at Boteler Grammar School. Within months of leaving school in 1944, Norman was called into the Army where he was selected for Officer training in the Border Regiment. Completing his training in India Norman served with the 2nd Battalion the South Lancashire Regiment and had reached the rank of Captain when discharged in 1948.
Resuming his education at Manchester University, Norman completed an Arts Degree and Teachers Diploma in 1952 and began a career in education holding the post of Head of English at Secondary Schools in Solihull and Keighley and Deputy Head and Vice-Principal at Fairfax School in Bradford. Retiring in 1980 Norman continued as a supply teacher until 1991.
At the age of 17, Norman was smitten by a young lady named Dorothy who he married in July 1949 with a son, John being born in 1958.
John, after obtaining an Honours Degree subsequently emigrated to the USA where he married and has two sons, grandsons of whom Norman and Dorothy were very proud.
Norman and Dorothy had a wonderful life together celebrating their 60th anniversary shortly before Dorothy died in 2009.
Initiated into Merston-Culy Lodge No 6879 (Worcester) in January 1958 Norman became a joining member of Priory Lodge No 4671 (Yorkshire, West Riding) in January 1969 and served as Master in 2005. Following his year in the Chair Norman remained active in the Lodge holding various offices and was Senior Warden when the Lodge surrendered its warrant in 2014. He then joined Priory’s mother Lodge, Scientific No 439 where he received his 60-year certificate in 2016.
Norman’s pastime was singing at which he excelled, and we will all remember his fine Bass voice singing the Initiates or Masters Songs at many Lodges throughout the Province. An amateur singer Norman performed for many years with West Riding Opera and Dales Opera as principal bass singing many important and interesting roles.
Norman was a true Brother and gentleman and passed to the Grand Lodge above on 4th December 2020. He will be very sadly missed by family, friends and Brethren.
18th September 1941 - 27th November 2020
Granville was proposed by W Bro. Tony Oates and initiated into Pathfinder Lodge 8236 on the 6th July 2007. He served as Worshipful Master 2014-2015.
Always an active member of the Lodge with a willingness to partake in any event, he lived near Scarborough and latterly Pickering, travelling to Sheffield for Lodge meetings Summer and Winter not far short of 100 miles each way, a 4-hour trip, such was his dedication to Freemasonry.
Granville was a Police Sergeant with the North Yorkshire Police and served for many years around the “Heartbeat” countryside and was the Station Sergeant based in Whitby.
Granville’s other vocation was Scouting, and he was the Assistant County Commissioner for North Yorkshire and District Commissioner for Ryedale.
His willingness to help others was an outstanding part of his character and showed in the way he collected aged Brethren and their wives to enable them to participate in Lodge activities going out of his way to do so.
He was never short of words, and it could be said that a microphone was the last thing he needed such was the clarity of his delivery, from masonic ritual to his famous renditions of monologues “Albert and the Lion” being one of his favourites.
He was married to his first wife Pat, who he nursed through a long illness until she sadly died.
More recently he found happiness in the company of Jean, and they married on the 31st December 2019
It is tragic that as he was about to embark on a new chapter in life, Granville should contract the awful Covid 19 Virus which has cut short that journey.
A most kind, generous and sincere Mason with a devotion to stand by his word, an inspiration to many, he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and Freemasonry in particular.
May God shine a light perpetual upon him and bless him for all he did.