John Robert Brown (Bob), a well-respected Stockton Freemason died on 10th February at the age of 103. He was a member of the Lodge of Philanthropy and the Chapter of Philanthropy for well over 40 years.
In a recent visit to the Chapter of Philanthropy the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson spoke about his passing and the fact that the Second World war veteran was held a prisoner of war for four years after surviving being shot down when his Wellington bomber was attacked on a night raid.
In honour of his wartime service, at precisely 11am an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon made a fly-past over his funeral, organized by his great-nephew who is in training in the RAF Squadron.
Bob featured in Issue 38 of our Gazette to celebrate his 100th birthday.
Rest in Peace Bob
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”