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Passing of Roy Brown P.M

It is with great sadness that the Lodge marks the passing of Brother Robert MacGregor Park Brown Past Master. A memorial service was held in Crosshill Parish Church on Saturday 25th January 2020 to celebrate the life of Roy. In a fitting service many tributes were paid to Roy including those from Brother Jim Carruthers Past Master who recognised Roy’s Masonic interests and Brother Douglas Cook Past Master who spoke of his involvement in public speaking and particularly his interest in Burns which was poignant given the date of the service. Roy’s son Brother Stephen Brown Past Master delivered the eulogy for his father which as one would expect had been meticulously prepared by Roy before his death.

Roy was initiated into the Lodge on the 23rd February 1954 and subsequently became Master in 1990 and again in 1994. During the Lodge tercentenary he enjoyed the great pleasure of installing his son into the Chair of the Lodge. For many years he served the Lodge with great distinction as Chaplain which was particularly fitting given his work with the Church of Scotland. Roy was one of the great characters of the Lodge and will be fondly remembered for his entertaining contributions particularly to the Lodge Burns Supper and other social occasions.

In addition to his considerable contribution to the Lodge Roy occupied the Chairs of Hamilton Royal Arch Chapter, Hamilton Lodge and Council, Hamilton Cryptic Council, Henry Dyer Preceptory and Dalziel Conclave. He was also a member of Lanarkshire Sovereign Chapter No. 172, Lanarkshire Sovereign Council No. 75 and The Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow and West of Scotland of the Royal order of Scotland.

Roy will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew him.

An honest man here lies at rest, As e’er God with His image blest: The friend of man, the friend of truth; The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, Few heads with knowledge so inform’d: If there’s another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this.