Left to Right: RW Bro Stephen Hookey, W Bro Dai Rees, W Bro Paul Witcomb (WM Kemes Lodge)
Provincial Grand Master's Address
W Bro Dai, I am so delighted to be here with you this evening. I feel very honoured to be making this presentation to you, and I only hope that my few words will do justice to the occasion.
Born in St Clears you have led an interesting, illustrious and full life both domestically and masonically. You are well known in Freemasonry for your musical talents. I am told that you started your musical career on the piano at the age of 6, and that you were a boy soprano, winning awards in the Urdd Eisteddfod in 1952. You moved on to become a trained classical pianist and are currently organist in Monkton Priory Church and at the Tabernacle United Reform Church in Pembroke.
You are also known for your career in the Police Force. You became a Police cadet in Pembroke Dock, the start of a 33 year police career that took you all over this Province and beyond in stations in Pembroke Dock, Haverfordwest, Newtown, Ebbw Vale, Neyland, Saundersfoot, Fishguard, Aberystwyth and Llanelli. You finally returned to Pembroke Dock as the Superintendent in charge of the division.
Many of you will have seen a recent television program about the Dyfed Powys Police major drugs haul in the 80/90’s. You will have seen a hippy with a large amount of beard and black hair. That was W Bro Dai operating undercover.
You were initiated into Freemasonry in Kemes Lodge on 19th January 1968, a little over 50 years ago.
However, your progress in masonry really didn’t take off until after retirement because of your constant movement around the country. During those travels you did pursue your Masonry in North Wales, joining Cedewain Lodge and Welshpool Chapter.
After retirement in 1997 you joined Castlemartin lodge, becoming Master in 2008, and you further became Master here in Kemes Lodge in 2015.
Your musical talents have been called upon by many, and you have held office as Provincial Grand Organist in the Craft, Royal Arch and several other orders. That you love Masonry is evident. In addition to the Craft, you are a meber of the Royal Arch, Mark, Rose Croix, Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters, Allied Masonic Degree and Sir Thomas of Acon.
W Bro Dai, it is evident that you live life to the full, and whatever it is that you do you give it your all. If a job is worth doing then you believe in doing it right.
50 years is a long, long time. I am only a little over half way there myself, so I am in some awe of those brethren who keep going and give such long service to what is a fine organisation. To achieve half a century of membership of our institution is truly marvellous.
W Bro Dai Rees, I have nothing but the deepest respect for you not only as a Mason, but also as a man. You have been a true and loyal member of this Lodge and of others, and of this Province. I commend you on your masonic career, and in particular to your dedication to this lodge.
It now gives me great pleasure to present you with a certificate marking your 50 years’ continuous membership of the Craft, together with this lapel badge which I know you will wear with pride.
On behalf of all those masons with whom you have come into contact I thank you for your company and encouragement over a long period, and I wish for you the health and strength to continue in like manner in the years ahead.