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Farewell to a gentleman

Posted: May 4, 2016 in Masonic, Poem

Today was a very somber day indeed. It was one where I said goodbye to a dear friend, Brother and mentor. 

The very first Lodge I visited after being initiated into Freemasonry, 11 years ago, was Phoenix Lodge.  My Father-in-law, Keith, (and my proposer) was a long standing visitor of Phoenix and had become very good friends with the Brethren there.  Whilst being introduced to the various Brethren, I met an extraordinary man that evening. An average sized man who projected a presence that seemed to attract the attention of all the Brethren. With a kind friendly face, silver hair, and welcoming demeanour, he walked to me and introduced himself. Little did I know then, the role Worshipful Brother John Malone would play in my Masonic journey.  

Every month from then on, I visited Phoenix Lodge, and eventually had the honour of being made a Star Boarder. Being a close friend of Keith’s, he naturally took over as my mentor and guide in Masonry when Keith passed on, and stood by my side through my Second Degree and becoming a Master Mason. The following few years went by very fast, with John always being around, offering words of wisdom and advice, both from a Masonic perspective as well as a personal one. 

Now, when a Mason is installed as the Worshipful Master of his Lodge, he would generally have three masons who played an important role in his life, to present the 3 respective Working Tools. When I asked John to present the 3rd Degree Working Tools, he was thrilled and immediately agreed to do so. 

Hearing the news of John’s death, hit me very hard. There are very few people that have played such an important role in my life,  and John was one of them.  

His funeral was surreal, with a large contingent of Masons all expressing their grief, and recalling their respective memories of John. And every single one, including myself, all agree on his most dominating quality. 

John was a true gentleman! No matter what was happening in his life at the time, he stood upright, always smiled and shook the hand of everyone he met, and offered anecdotes of advice for every situation. John shows the ultimate respect for everyone he met, never had a negative word to say of anyone, and even in the moments before Phoenix Lodge shut its doors in South Africa, and their charter moved to Mauritius, he remained positive for his Brethren. 

I recall one time I visited him in ICU, after being knocked of his motorbike, he just smiled at me, laughed at himself and proceeded to help me with my Masonic workings.  To me, I’ve always had the impression John’s sole purpose in life was to project a positive image to others, to uplift his fellow man.  

So today, I said goodbye to a gentleman, scholar, friend and Brother, and wished him well on his journey to the Grand Lodge above. Masonry, and my world, will not be the same.  


I came across a beautiful poem, which I feel is fitting to share

By Brother David Barker(1924) 

Brethren of our mystic order,

 Bound together by a tie,

Olden, sacred and enduring,

Come and see a Craftsman die.

Watch like angels round my pillow,

Till the ransomed spirit flies

To its Excellent Grand Master,

In His Lodge above the skies.

Oft we’ve met upon the Level,

Let us part upon the Square —

Perfect Ashlers in the temple,

May we meet together there.

Let no stranger’s hand entomb me

Underneath the tufted sod,

None except a brother Mason

Should consign my dust to God.

Heave no formal sigh of sorrow

O’er the ashes of the dead,

Only plant the priceless symbol,

Freshly blooming at my head.

When death’s gavel sound shall call you

Off from Labor unto rest,

May you, Craftsmen, find Refreshment

In the mansions of the blest.

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So mote it be 

Posted: April 16, 2016 in Masonic, Poem, poetry, Uncategorized

I read this poem today, and felt I had to share…. 

So mote it be

written by: Skyrock Pinkrose
I know a man of faith, hope and charity
This man whom I know for years of nobility

His honor is mine to wear

A name he was proud to bear

He live in the sunlight of Freemasonry

And walk in the ranks of right 
I am my father’s daughter

I carry his name with pride and honour

He was always true 

To the best he knew 

Looks down on me 

To carry his standard high

He is a man and a brother who is “Square”

in all that he “Compasses” 

And to me he gave an honest name, 

integrity and pride
He made me a better person with his light

He made me live my life with heads held high

The man I call my father

Gave strength of me standing tall

He stands my guiding force

My light, my god in disguise
He always said, no matter how old I get

That within thy heart, a princess remains timeless

Biggest fan I am, the man I call my father 

the everlasting image of making good men better

so then with pride let the musical waltz of life to play forever forward 
As I lightly tip toe, across destiny’s ballroom floor.

My dancing card remains eternally full, 

written within one name stands out,

 it is yours my dearest father “Mason”.

So Mote It Be.

  

The builder

Posted: December 1, 2015 in Masonic, Poem, poetry, Uncategorized

I came across a poem today, and I felt I needed to share it. Whilst it is written by an unknown Masonic Poet over 100 years ago, it truly is relevant in our society as a whole. 

I’ve seen it in my career, from when I was a green newby to 20 years later with an excessive amount of experience (yes, even I was guilty of this, especially as a Station Officer). 

In the EMS its prevalent, and I’ve seen it very common in business as well.  The rationale in the EMS  is to make them stronger…

Ultimately, no matter what the excuse is, the  breaking down of people for is ones own benefit and causes, in most cases, severe long term  damage to ones self esteem.  

Tne motto for Masonry, “making good men better” falls within this space, hence the poem. 

Take a moment , read it, understand it, and look into yourself…

The builder

I saw a group of men in my hometown

A group of men tearing a building down

With a heave and a ho and mighty yell

They swung a beam and an entire wall fell

I asked the supervisor, “Are these men skilled?

The type you’d hire if you wanted to build?”

And he laughed and said, “Why no indeed!

Common labor, people with no talent is all I need

For I can tear down in a day or two

What it took a builder years to do”

And I thought to myself as I walked away

Which of the roles am I going to play?

Am I one who is tearing down

As I carelessly make my way around?

Or am I one who builds with care?

In hopes that my friends (my brothers and sisters)
will be glad I was there?

Honours awarded

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Erin, Family, Poem

Our house has been a bit upside down recently. Normally, my family is used to me wondering round the house, muttering under my breathe or pacing in the garden practicing my Masonic workings.

Recently, however, it’s been Erin doing that. Why?

Because today she competed in her first eisteddfod. She recited a poem of her choice, and whilst i couldn’t get to see it, Nicole was able to leave work and watch.

She was, apparently, awesome

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And she scored and amazing A+…

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We are so very proud of you big girl.. Yep, another PROUD DADDY moment

Yesterday was a very emotional day.  A good friend’s father passed away last week,  and his funeral was yesterday.  To me,  he wasn’t just my friend’s dad…  He was also my Brother. 

Worshipful Brother Errol Thomson died tragically driving home from visiting a nearby lodge.  Having obtained the rank of Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Africa,  Errol was  well known and loved by all. 

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A proud Mason and a loving husband,  father and grandfather,  Errol epitomised what Masonry is.  A gentle soul who loved the outdoors,  he took great pleasure in teaching new Masons in our ancient Craft,  and I grew to respect him more every day.

In the English Constitution,  a newly installed Master traditionally would have 3 Past Masters present the working tools for the 3 degrees in Masonry. 
I was honoured to have Errol present the 2nd degree working tools at my installation,  who accepted my request without hesitation.  Being from a different constitution,  Errol had to study the English ritual,  which he did with great gusto.

The funeral was attended by a wide range of Brethren,  who had the opportunity to bid farewell to our Brother in traditional Masonic ways.  

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A pure lambskin apron and a single white glove placed upon the coffin,  with a large sprig of Acasia placed upon them. This symbolism marking one of the most important times in the history of Masonry and an honour bestowed by Brethren to their fallen Brother. 

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With the sign of Reverence,  I chose from a basket an Acasia sprig  and placed it alongside the countless others as a token of memories never to be forgotten.

I close this blog with a poem written by an unknown Mason at the funeral of a Brother.

Farewell my Brother and may your dear soul rest in peace in the Grand Lodge above. 

There gathered a throng of the bold, the brave;
They stood around a Brother’s open grave;
Such were the words their leader said, As they sadly bent o’er the sleeping dead:

“Brother! round thy home, thy hearth,
Desolation spreads its dearth;
When the evening birds rejoice,
They thou lov’st will miss thy voice;
Wife, and sisters, bright eyed sons,
They, the lone, and weeping ones;
They, the loving, and the fair,
Brother, they will miss thee there!

“Brother! when yon manly throng
Raise the hymn and swell the song;
When they strike each full-toned string,
To the lay they’re wont to sing;
Will they miss one swelling tone?
Will they think of one that’s gone?
In the hallowed house of prayer,
Brother, they will miss thee there.

“Brother! we have laid this night
Thee beneath the mountain’s height;
We have stood beside thy grave,
We have wept, who could not save.
Shall the world mark us with scorn?
Brother, it is thee we’ve borne.
Shall the stranger mock the tear?
Brother, we have touched thy bier.

“By the vows that passed the night
Of thy new inaugural rite;
By our own, our hallowed sign,
By the love that still is thine;
By the heart and by the hand,
Of our own beloved band;
By the tears which bright eyes shower,
Brother, we are here this hour.

“Shall we wait thy coming feet,
When our noble Lodge shall meet;
Shall we stay to hear them fall;
Shall we wait our Brother’s call?
No! for thou art far away,
From the world, and with the clay;
And may we who still remain,
Stand prepared for Death’s last pain,

“When the sun and moon are fled,
And the graves shall yield their dead;
When the mystic spell is broken,
Of the secret softly spoken;
When the chariots fill the air,
Brother, may we meet thee there!
When the earth’s firm walls are riven,
Brother, may we meet in Heaven!

Author unknown

On 24 June 1717 four London Lodges, which had existed for some time, came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This was the first Grand Lodge in the world.

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WHAT MAKES A MAN A MASON?

By George M. Free

What makes a man a Mason, O brother of mine?
It isn’t the due guard, nor is it the sign,
It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast
It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed

It isn’t the step, nor the token, nor the grip,
Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,
Nor yet the possession of that mystic word
On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,
They don’t make a Mason, O brother of mine.
That you to your sworn obligation are true’
Tis that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you.

Secure in your heart you must safeguard and trust,
With lodge and with brother be honest and just,
Assist the deserving who cry in their need,
Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed.

Support he who falters, with hope banish fear,
And whisper advice in an erring one’s ear.
Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine,
And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine.

Your use of life’s hours by the gauge you must try,
The gavel of vices with courage apply;
Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb,
On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come,

The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide,
The compass your passions shut safely inside;
The stone which the Architect placed in your care
Must pass the strict test of His unerring square.

And then you will meet with approval divine,
And you’ll be a Mason,O brother of mine.

  I was at Lodge the other night, and a Brother handed me a summons for the installation at another lodge

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So I thought, great, Ill go to that…. Then i realised it had already passed. When looked confused, he just smiled and said “look at the back page”.
I turned it round…. And WOW, the in print, is the poem I wrote just after iI was invested for the first time as Worshipful Master of Orphic Lodge.

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I can only think it was obtained from my post.. https://carlsstuff.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/king-solomons-chair/
I’m truly honoured, thank you Brethren. When I have written poetry, it really is just my feelings expressed, I never dreamed they would be liked by others.