The Provincial Grand Master's Presentation - courtesy of the PGM
"Bro Glyn, when I was asked if I could be here this evening I realised that I had a clash of appointments. Today I should have been at the Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication at Freemasons Hall in London, but I knew that I just had to be here to make a presentation to one of the most special and highly regarded Masons in the Province. I am very honoured to be here on this happy occasion, and I only hope that my words will do justice to the occasion.
Born in Drefach Velindre in 1928, on leaving school you took up employment with the Ministry of Food, but in 1947 you joined the Royal Air Force. In 1948 you were posted to the Far East, and whilst there you were injured in an attack on your convoy, resulting in your hospitalisation for 6 months.
Soon after demobilisation you joined the Pembrokeshire Police Force. For the first few years of your career you were stationed in Tenby, Milford Haven and Neyland, later serving as a constable in Crymych. In 1968 you were on the move again, joining the Police Traffic Unit in Haverfordwest. In 1983 you retired and made your home in Spitall.
You became a Freemason in this lodge on 14th June 1967, 50 years ago to the day. To achieve 50 years membership of our institution is marvellous in itself, but that fact does not reflect the manner in which you have done it.
In 1982 you were appointed Assistant Almoner and, after serving a twenty year apprenticeship, became Lodge Almoner in 2002. By then the Province had taken note of your service and in 1998 you were appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Secretary.
In 2002 you were appointed by the Provincial Grand Almoner to be the Province's Official Visitor to Withybush Hospital. This is a duty to which you gave full commitment and you carried out the responsibilities with compassion and sensitivity. There has not been a Brother or a dependant unfortunate enough to be a patient - whether from this Province or beyond – who has not received your excellent attention.
The Province again noted the first-class job that you were doing, and in 2007 you were promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Junior Deacon.
You were further acknowledged as a dedicated and hardworking Mason when in 2010 RW Bro Eric Mock awarded you the Provincial Grand Master’s Order of Merit.
In 2014 I was advised that you were eligible to be considered for promotion in Provincial Grand Lodge. Brethren, it is very unusual for a Brother who has not been through the Chair of King Solomon to rise above the rank of Provincial Deacon. However, you had worked so hard, and were so well known as the quintessential Almoner, that I had no hesitation in promoting you to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Almoner.
Bro. Glyn, your commitment and dedication to the Office are legendary throughout the Province, and I know you to be an exemplary Mason, faithful and dedicated to the Lodge and to the Craft.
I have nothing but the deepest respect for you both as a Mason, and as a man. You are a fine example to the brethren, young and old alike. If every member of the Province only gave a fraction of the dedication and support that you have given then Freemasonry would be thriving.
I therefore have great delight in presenting you with a certificate marking your 50 years continuous membership of the Craft, together with this lapel badge which I know that you will wear with pride.
Bro Glyn, I commend you on your masonic career, your dedication and the example that you set to all. I look forward to enjoying your company in the years ahead."