It’s your Birthday! A celebration of a wonderful person, a remarkable man who has filled so many hearts with the Joy of Music.
Congratulations and Best Wishes from all in the Province of East Kent.
A lovely image of Doug receiving a decanter to celebrate his 100th Birthday from Fraterntas Lodge No 6046
No doubt many more gifts, best wishes and messages to come.
Doug joined the Masons later in life and was initiated into Hexagon lodge 5380 in September 1976 when he was 56; passing to a fellowcraft and being raised to a Master Mason in three consecutive meetings on the 8th December.
After serving on several committees he was appointed Treasurer where he remained for nineteen years before moving into his happiest role of organist. Hexagon amalgamated with their daughter lodge Dickens 8047 in 2019 where Doug still plays the organ in his 100th year.
Doug has never taken the chair of King Solomon, he says” it always seemed more important I kept the job I had” But his attendance and service to his lodge has been exemplary. He has been one of the rare brothers who have not been through the chair but gained Provincial Honours, first appointed PPGStB, and then promoted PPGOrg and wears his Provincial apron with rosettes with pride.
His Masonic career cumulated last year with the PGM presenting Doug with his personal citation of merit for his service to the Craft at the Provincial meeting in Margate.
Unfortunately, Doug’s Chapter career was very short; exalted into Pentangle Chapter 1174 he only stayed a few years and resigned when he became choirmaster and the meetings clashed.
Doug still has an active masonic life and has played the organ for many lodges including Pentangle, Manor of Gillingham, Loyal and True, Artifex and Fraternitas.
Doug continues a very active life in general, he still plays the organ for his local church, has been a member of Gillingham Rotary Club for over 50 years and is a prominent member of his local community.