For those of you travelling to the funeral service of Dr John we (1072) have arranged for there to be tea/coffee laid on at the Park Lodge Hotel where you will be able to park your cars. We would ask that as many of you as you can share cars to minimise the number of spaces required. A 21 seater bus will be available from 9am to ferry people to the church and bring them back after the service.
The Hotel have offered a special rate of a twin room for £55, without breakfast, or £65 with, for those who may wish to come on the Sunday night and/or stay over on the Monday. Bookings should be made directly with the Hotel quoting that it is for the funeral service as agreed with myself.
For those more local to Aberystwyth you are welcome to use the bus but we ask that you park on the Morrisons car park to keep the Hotel spaces free for those coming from afar.
It would be very helpful if you could let me know numbers to help the family with their arrangements for the day.
Yours Sincerely and Fraternally
John N Fitzpatrick - Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Aberystwyth Lodge 1072
Dear Brother Secretaries Craft and the various Aberystwyth Side Degrees,
The funeral of our dear departed Brother will be held at St Padarn Church, Llanbadarn on Monday the 25th June at 12pm.
The cremation following will be strictly family only.
If I could impose upon your services to help me advise the family how many people may be in attendance it would be most helpful.
Further information to follow.
John N Fitzpatrick - email@example.com
Sunday 10th June 2018
To All Lodge Secretaries and Chapter Scribes Ezra
Dear Bro Secretary / Comp Scribe E,
It is my very sad duty to announce that RW Bro Dr John Lloyd passed away peacefully at home this morning. He has borne his recent health problems with the dignity and honour which you would expect of such a consummate mason. Further details will follow in due course, but I would be grateful of you could pass on the sad news to your members.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
W Bro James Ross, PAGPurs
Provincial Grand Secretary / Scribe E
Province of West Wales
We are all here tonight to mark 50 years’ membership of Craft Freemasonry by R W Bro Dr John Lloyd.
In essence that is it. In reality it is so very much more. There is so much that can be said about his masonic history, but you all know most of it anyway. It is contained in yearbooks, and in the very excellent history of the Aberystwyth lodge published in 2015. It can also be found on the walls of this building. I do not therefore intend to go through it all in detail again.
What is important is that on 5th January 1967, 50 years ago, Dr John Benjamin Lloyd was initiated into Freemasonry, and a chapter of Masonic history in this Province was begun. To be a member for 50 years is undoubtedly an achievement, but in every case we must look at the manner in which it has been achieved, and how much the brother concerned has given to Freemasonry. Brethren I can say without fear of contradiction that there is not a living Freemason in this Province who has given more to Freemasonry than RW Bro Dr Lloyd. Indeed, I would go further than that and would say to you that he has done so much to make Freemasonry in this Province what it is today, and we therefore owe him a great debt of gratitude.
In his time, he has set standards which still hold good today, particularly in the area of ritual delivery and execution. He was, and is, universally acknowledged to be so very very good at whatever ceremony he is doing in whichever order he is doing it. So many of us, myself included, were in awe of his delivery and filled with a wonder of just how he achieved it. I can tell you, and I feel sure that he would say the same, that it is done by sheer hard work and a determination to do it properly. Not only has he shown us all how it should be done, and impressed us all in the process, but he has also achieved the most important thing, namely making a lasting impression upon the person who is being initiated, exalted, installed, perfected etc etc – the candidate.
It is thus that other masonic careers are launched and filled with encouragement, and for which many brethren have Dr Lloyd to thank. But there is yet more. RW Bro Dr Lloyd has achieved very high office, becoming Provincial Grand Master in the Craft in 2001. From that position he inspired brethren by his dignity and bearing, by his regular and frequent attendance at lodges – both at installations and at regular meetings – and by his encouragement of those whom he appointed to Provincial office.
Thus far I have deliberately kept my comments to matters concerning the Craft, for that is essentially why we are here this evening – to celebrate long service in the Craft. However, there is more that needs to be mentioned. With the high Craft office achieved came the equivalent position in the Holy Royal Arch, namely that of Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of West Wales. Everything that I have said about his time in the Craft applies equally in the Royal Arch, but perhaps with the addition of his spiritual guidance and deeper solemnity as head of the Order.
As if that were not enough, Dr John Lloyd has been involved in just about every Other Order meeting in the Province and beyond. When I say involved that is really an understatement. He has achieved high office in them all, and is or has been at or very near to the top in each one. And that brethren is why there are so many high ranking officers here from those Other Orders, each of whom is to say something a little later.
RW Bro Dr John Lloyd, it is a very great privilege for me to be here this evening to mark your 50 years as a Freemason and to make this presentation to you. I have nothing but the utmost respect for you as a Freemason and as a man. You have set an example to us all which we all try to follow, but to be honest you have set the bar so high that it can be tricky at times. Holding the offices that I do now, I really do not know where you got the energy and time from during your tenure. I remain in some awe of your achievements. That you enjoy your Freemasonry is not only evident to all but is not the full story. You also live it. You have given so very much to Freemasonry and we thank you for it. Be assured that we are endeavouring to uphold and maintain what you have done, and are building upon it as well.