On 21st March 2017 the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles, was delighted to present Certificates celebrating 50 years in Mark Masonry to W.Bro. Roy Cardus, P.G.J.D., of Gilkirke Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 812.
It was hoped to present the Certificates at the Regular Meeting of Gilkirke Lodge on that evening, but as Roy is currently residing at Brierfield House Care Home and unable to attend the meeting, the Provincial Grand Master, together with Worshipful Brothers Malcolm Bell, Keith Berry and Geoff Askew from the Lodge, visited the Care Home to present them on the same afternoon.
There were two Certificates to present. One from Grand Lodge on behalf of the Most Worshipful Grand Master and one from the Mark Province of West Yorkshire, the latter being one of only 18 such Certificates currently held by Brethren of the Province.
Roy was Advanced into Gilkirke Lodge on 21st February 1967, after joining the Craft just two years earlier, and Gilkirke Mark was his first Chair in Freemasonry. He received Mark Provincial Grand Rank in 1981 and the rank of Grand Steward in 1987. He was promoted to Past Grand Junior Deacon in 2001. He is also a member of many other Masonic Orders.
He is well known in Barnoldswick, where he lived in the same house all his life and owned a sweet shop in the town for more than 30 years. Previously he worked for Rolls Royce and served in the Army Services Corps as a British Army Staff member in Paris.
Roy’s interests include Choral singing, for which he has been a member of the local Gilbert & Sullivan Society and several Oratorio choirs in the area. More recently he has enjoyed travelling and has enjoyed 2 world cruises. He will be 89 years young in June this year.
Congratulations Roy, and continue to enjoy your Mark Masonry.