At the Strumble Lodge Meeting held in Fishguard on Wednesday, the 10th of June 2015, W. Bro. David (Roy) Williams MBE was given a warm and appreciative recognition by the Brethren present for the completion of 60 years in Freemasonry, as a member of that Lodge.
In attendance at this celebration to mark his unusually long and distinguished service to the Lodge and the Province, were the Provincial Grand Master and Deputy Provincial Grand Master, as well as many other senior Masons who had known Roy during his extensive time in Freemasonry. His sixty years Certificate was presented by V.W. Bro. Brian Hilling, DPGM, after giving a most heartfelt and very complimentary speech. Roy then responded with a nostalgic, interesting, and amusing trip down Memory Lane, starting with his youth, at the outbreak of the 2nd. World War, then continuing on to the events of recent times, and his investiture with the MBE for services to the RNLI. Most impressive were the vigour of his delivery and the precision of his memory.
W.Bro. Roy was initiated into Strumble Lodge on the 8th. Of June 1955, and became its Master on the 14th. Of October 1964, eight years and eight months after being raised, in February 1956. In 1971 he was appointed to the prestigious rank of PPr.GADC that recognised his conscientious contribution to Freemasonry in West Wales. Besides attending to his Masonic duties, he was a crewmember on the Fishguard and Goodwick Lifeboat for twenty-five years, and its Honorary Secretary for fifteen. Simultaneously he was a town councillor on the Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council over a span of thirty years, becoming its Chairman in 1969, and then the Mayor in 1979 and 1984. When these commitments are put alongside Roy’s role as secretary of Harmony Baptist Church between 1966 and 1996, one can appreciate what a busy, committed, and dedicated man Roy was especially to the principle of community service. We can only admire and marvel at such an example to us all of selflessness and self-sacrifice.
Further celebration was enjoyed subsequently by all at the festive board, where W.Bro. Roy was the guest of honour and tucked in to a delicious and fitting meal. A great and historic night.