A Long Service Certificate for a Royal Arch Freemason
There was much to celebrate at St Peter’s Chapter No 4193 in Rochester, when David Cornick was presented with a long service certificate to celebrate his 50 years as a Royal Arch Freemason. The certificate was presented by Deputy Grand Superintendant, David Kershaw, at a regular meeting of the chapter at the Gundulph Centre in Rochester, on Thursday 3rd December.
David Cornick was born in St Helen’s in Lancashire but in 1935 his family moved to Luton in Chatham where David attended All Saints Infant School. When war broke out he was evacuated to his grandparents in Lancashire and, on returning to Luton, he attended Chatham Technical School after which he began work as an Apprentice Shipwright in Chatham Dockyard.
When National Service came along, he signed up for three years as a Military Policeman - it was his ambition to be a policeman. David was posted to Woking where he met his wife-to-be, Pat, whom he married in 1957 after several postings to various locations in the far east. On leaving the military, David took what he thought was temporary employment at the BP Refinery until he could join the police. However each time he considered leaving BP his salary was raised, preventing him from ever realising his ambition.
Pat and David had two sons, Neil and Simon, and they now also have three granddaughters and a great grandson. Neil joined his father in Freemasonry but sadly passed away in 2013 after a long illness.
David was exalted in St Peter’s Chapter No 4193 on 2nd December 1965 and was its First Principal in 1975. He was one of the Founders of St George Abadan Chapter No 6058 and was its First Principal in 1984. He currently holds the rank of Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in the Provincial Grand Chapter of East Kent.
It was an enjoyable meeting, which included a talk on some of the other Masonic Orders, and in which the chapter’s First Principal - Norman Godding - suffering from a throat infection, handed over to John Jones for the rest of the meeting. The companions then retired to an equally enjoyable Festive Board.