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75 Years Service to Freemasonry

75 Years Service to Freemasonry

On the 3rd April 1944 Douglas William Burford was Initiated into West Twyford Coronation Lodge in London.  He was Passed a month later and Raised in May 1945.  To celebrate this major milestone our Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro. Ian Chandler paid a visit to the Mid Surrey Masters Lodge to congratulate RW.Bro. Douglas and to present him with a Certificate to celebrate his 75 years in Freemasonry.

RW.Bro. Douglas, who was born in 1922, was an architect by profession.  This was recognised by his appointments in Grand Rank to Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works in 1978, Deputy Grand Superintendent of Works in 1986, and Grand Superintendent of Works in 1987.  He was promoted to Past Junior Grand Warden in 1993 in recognition of his contribution to Grand Lodge.  In the Province of Surrey he held the rank of Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works from 1960 to 1976 and was promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1971

In the Royal Arch RW.Bro. Douglas had an equally distinguished career receiving promotion to Past Grand Scribe E in Supreme Grand Chapter and Deputy Grand Superintendent in and over the Royal Arch Province of Surrey.  RW.Bro. Douglas was a member of 11 Craft Lodges and 11 Royal Arch Chapters.

Our Provincial Grand Master asked Douglas about his experiences during the war, having been initiated towards the end of Word War II.  His stories could have entertained us for hours but sadly time was running out so RW.Bro. Ian thanked Douglas for sharing some of his life with us, as well as for his enormous contribution to Freemasonry in general and the Province of Surrey in particular.

At the end of the presentation RW.Bro. Douglas received a standing ovation from all present.

Photo by Chris Eley

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