Born 3.10.1924, died 8.10.2020
Fred was proposed by W Bro. John Mooney and initiated into Power Lodge 8051 in 1973. He was Master of the Lodge in 1986 and again in 1988. He was always an active member of the Lodge and always supported younger members. He was Almoner of the Lodge for many years.
After he retired from the CEGB, Fred joined the Overseas Voluntary Service. He went to St Lucia to upgrade the island’s electricity generating system to the 20th century and to train local engineers to use and maintain the systems. It was a hard couple of years and certainly not a 5-star all-inclusive package.
I took over as Almoner from Fred and his support and guidance were invaluable to me. He fully supported the amalgamation of Power Lodge and Lascelles Lodge and he made regular contributions to ritual at our ceremonies. He was also an active member of Ainsty Chapter 2677, being first principal in 2003.
Fred was devoted to his wife Margaret and they were married for well over 60 years. Sadly, by the time of Fred’s 90th birthday party Margaret had developed dementia. After her death, Fred continued to support others and he regularly attended Widow’s Lunches. He was 94 on this last visit to one of the lunches.
Fred moved into Connaught Court in November 2019. He died peacefully there on the 8th October, a few days after his 96th birthday.
As others have said, he was a family friend and a gentleman. I doubt we will see the likes of him again.
W Bro Fred Emery certainly lived his life respected and died regretted.