Wor Bro Joe Boyd Called to The Grand Lodge Above.

Wor Bro Joe Boyd

Wor Bro Joe Boyd

Brethren it is with great sorrow that we note the passing of another Masonic Stalwart, Wor Bro Joseph Boyd, who was Called Home peacefully on the evening of Wednesday the 25th January 2017. Joe was the founder initiate in Kilwaughter Masonic Lodge No 762, and recently got his 50 year jewel,on the night that the Lodge celebrated its fiftieth Anniversary. Joe was a keen Mason, and was also a Member of Olive Lodge No 467 Doagh.In 2015 he had been given the rank of Honorary Provincial Grand Lodge Steward of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim.

In his private life Joe had been a son of the Soil, farming for many years at Roadside Farm on the hills above Kilwaughter. Joe and Mildred were always very welcoming to visitors, and once you were in Hillside Farm, it could occasionally take some time before you got back out again. I say this in a good way, as Joe and Mildred were both excellent, welcoming and cheerful hosts. In recent years Joe retired and concentrated on his Masonry and was a familiar figure throughout the Province of Antrim. Mildred and He, on occasions would also come up north to the annual Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Breakfast, as the following photograph illustrates.

Wor Bro Joe Boyd and his good lady wife.

Wor Bro Joe Boyd and his good lady wife.

Joe will be buried tomorrow ( Saturday the 28th )in Kilwaughter Cemerary after a short funeral service in Kilwaughter Old Presbyterian Church which will start at 2.30pm. The family have asked that all donations be made to The Chest, Heart and Stroke Society in lieu of flowers, and if you wish to donate, then please send your donations to S & J Irvine, funeral directors of 48 Rashee Road, Ballyclare. I’m sure that you will all join with me, in expressing our sympathy to Mildred, Joseph jun, Karen and the rest of the family circle at this difficult time.

Joe was a character, a man outstanding in his own field, who will be missed by all who knew him, and particularly by The Family Circle. I always found him to be a man with a keen interest in our Masonic history, and a Brother who played his part in developing strong links between Stranraer Kilwinning Lodge and his Mother Lodge in Kilwaughter. I know, that he was particularly proud, when his son – Joe junior joined Kilwaughter, and followed his Masonic career with great interest.

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Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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