Tuesday the 5th June 2018 was another milestone in the Masonic life of Owen Nye. Having received his 50 Year Certificate in what “seemed like only yesterday”, Owen was presented with his 60 year Certificate by Peter Williams, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge.
During the Lodge meeting, Owen was also presented with Past Masters Jewell by the members of the Lodge.
The meeting concluded with a 3rd Degree Ceremony carried out in an excellent manor, with various Past Masters and Brethren taking part.
The festive board soon followed, and Owen received a special gift of a bottle of Champagne and two Crystal Engraved Flutes. Owen was again speechless and overcome with gratitude, he thanked everyone for coming, especially the honoured guest, Peter Williams.
Personal and Masonic Life.
April 1958 saw Own Nye start his masonic career, having been proposed by his father, Ernest John Nye, and seconded by Mr Leach, into the Stanley Wykeham Lodge No 6599 (Owens father was a joining member of the Stanley Wykeham Lodge).
Owen duly severed in all the various offices up to and including Senior Warden and was installed as Worshipful Master in 1968. Following his retirement from the chair he severed as a director on the hall management company for ten years. In due course he was promoted to Provincial Superintendent on Works and in this office he attended one consecration ceremony. In 1964 he was a founding member of Bradley Lodge No 7929 Paddock Wood.
In 1994 Owen moved to Spain to live, since then he has tried to visit Stanley Wykeham at least once a year. He now spend the winters in Spain and the summers in Eastbourne.
Owen is divorced and has three daughters, all of whom were present at the white table evening ten years ago together with his partner of twenty five years, Maureen, when he was presented with his 50 year certificate.
For the whole of his working life Owen was employed in the family construction business. Retiring at the age of fifty two.
Report and Photos by WBro Paul Gear PRovGStwd.
Province East Kent