Presentation of a 60 year Long Service Certificate to Worshipful Brother Denis Waters
Worshipful Brother Denis Gavin Waters recently completed 60 years in Freemasonry and to mark this significant event, he was presented with a long service certificate by the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Geoffrey Dearing, at the regular meeting of St Nicholas Lodge No 5298 on 28th March.
Denis was born in September 1929, one of seven children with three brothers and three sisters. His father served as canteen manager on the Orient Line from 1927 to 1938, sailing out of Tilbury, to Freemantle in Australia. Denis left his school in Cliffe at the age of 14 years and started work at Short Brother’s Sea Plane factory in Rochester where he stayed until his call to National Service with the Royal Mechanical and Electrical Engineers from 1947 to 1949. He returned to work at Cellactive and British Uralite in Higham and in due course met his wife to be, Maureen. They married in 1956 and had four children, Katrina, Mervin, Ian and Zoe – two of whom live locally, a son in France and a daughter in Perth, Australia.
Sadly, his wife of 49 years passed away in 2006, but Denis continues to live on his own in his bungalow in Norfolk where, apart from the gardening, he does everything himself.
Denis was initiated in St Nicholas Lodge No 5298 on the 26th March 1955, becoming its Master in 1968. He continued in a succession of offices continuously from 1973 until 2009, including a lengthy stint as Director of Ceremonies from 1976 to 1983 and a second term as Master in 1986. He returned to the office of Director of Ceremonies in 2012 following the resignation of the previous incumbent, and remains in the office today.
He was exalted in Norman Chapter No 3502 in 1972, was its First Principal in 1978 and again in 1983.
His service to Freemasonry was recognised in the Province of East Kent with a series of appointments and promotions culminating in Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2014.
In presenting the certificate, the Provincial Grand Master paid tribute to Denis’s commitment to his Mother Lodge and his exceptional length of service in one lodge office or another.