It is with great sadness that we report the passing of W. Bro Donald Brackenbury, PAGDC who died on Thursday 15th August 2019.
Donald was one of the most outstanding Freemasons in our Province and well known and respected by all.
Donald was Initiated into Carville Lodge No 2497 in October 1956 and served as Worship Master in 1967 and again in 2006. He was appointed PProvDepGSwdB in 1978 and received his Grand Rank appointment in 1993.
In the Royal Arch he was Exalted into Carville Chapter No 2497 in February 1958 and served as 1st Principal in 1970. A Service that he would repeat in the Northumbrian First Principals Chapter No 3477 in 2016.
In 1976 Donald was Appointed PProvAsstGSoj in 1976 and promoted to PProvGSN in 1988. In Grand Chapter he was Appointed to the Rank of PGStB in 2004
In October 2016, W. Bro Donald was presented with a 60 Year Certificate marking a significant milestone and a great service that he had given to the Province.
In other Orders, Donald’s commitment and service was exemplary and he received very high honours in the Knights Templar, Knights Templar Priests and the Rose Croix.
The Province of Northumberland and Northumberland Freemasonry in general, are the poorer for Donald’s passing and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this most difficult of times
Donald’s funeral will be held on 2nd September, 12.15pm at St Michael’s Church in Houghton le Spring (Post Code DH4 4DN) and then to the Cemetery at 1pm.