Excellent Companion Geoffrey Gordon Dearing
Born in Maidstone, in 1948, in which area his family have lived for many years, Geoffrey is married to Liz and they have a son and married daughter and a young grand daughter.
Geoffrey was initiated into the Douglas Lodge No. 1725 in February 1974, an occasion which he remembers well for all the usual reasons but also because it was an extremely cold night and the heating had failed. He assumed that this was part and parcel of the trials and tribulations of becoming a Mason.
In 1977, the Lodge’s centenary year, Geoffrey had the privilege of serving as Junior Deacon to Lord Cornwallis (then Provincial Grand Master) who was the Master of the Lodge. He was then the Master for two years from 1981.
Having served the Province as a Steward, in 1991 Geoffrey was the last Senior Warden appointed by John Porter and the first to serve John Bonomy He is a member of the Kent Provincial Grand Stewards and Pentalpha Lodges and a past Master of the latter.
In the United Grand Lodge of England Geoffrey was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Registrar in 1994 and since 2007 has been privileged to serve on the Commission for Appeals Courts.
In the Holy Royal Arch Geoffrey was exalted in the Pentangle Chapter No. 1174 in 1981 and was First Principal in 1991. He was appointed a Provincial Steward and promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner in 1991. He is a Member of the East Kent Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter.
Geoffrey is a solicitor and former Managing Partner of one of Kent’s largest law firms and a past President of the Kent Law Society. Although he retired from full-time practice some years ago he continues with an interest in the law, travelling the country to lecture upon anti money laundering and other regulatory issues.
Formerly Chairman of a public company and still on the Board of four small private companies Geoffrey has, for several years, served as Vice Chairman of an educational trust which is responsible for two secondary school academies. He also serves on the Board of a charitable trust which supports disadvantaged young people in Kent.
Always interested in sport, Geoffrey played a lot of cricket in his younger days and now plays golf. He is a past Captain of the Law Society Golf Club. He is keenly interested in motor sport, which has taken him to a number of interesting places as a competitor. He retains an interest in old Jaguars.