It was a unique evening at Saint Nicholas Lodge No. 6377 in Ilfracombe on Wednesday 21st March 2018
W. Bro. Ronald John Wilfred Thompson, aged 97, was installed as Worshipful Master in a fine ceremony carried out by his predecessor W. Bro. Terry Bridges. Ron was initiated on 19th February 1948 in a double initiation with his elder brother. They were initiated by their father in Pro Minimis Lodge No. 5180 which met at Freemasons Hall in London. Ron became Master in 1960 and then again in 1972. When he moved to Devonshire in 1997 the lodge elected him to Honorary Membership. He received London Grand Rank in 1975. He was Exalted in Pro Minimis HRA Chapter on 26th January 1956.
He joined Saint Nicholas Lodge on 21st May 1997 and Davie HRA Chapter 3721 on 5th February 1997 but resigned as he moved to Essex where he joined Gunfleet Lodge No. 6884 and Le-Soken Chapter No. 2949. He returned to Devon 2 years later and rejoined St Nicholas Lodge and Davie Chapter.
Ron was installed as MEZ of Davie Chapter in 2005 and appointed as Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2009.
Last year he served as Senior Warden in Saint Nicholas and the brethren were delighted when he agreed to become their Master. I had the privilege to be the Presiding Officer at the installation and after he had been installed I took both him and the brethren present by surprise by presenting Ron with a 70 Year Certificate of Service on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master. I wasn’t finished yet however as at the command of the PGM I had been instructed to confer on W. Bro. Ron the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden and present him with the badge and jewel of that office.
Also present on the evening was Ron’s nephew Andrew Cuthbertson who had travelled down from Essex to attend the ceremony and I invited him to join us in the photographs.