John Lomax celebrated 50 years’ membership of the Craft with his colleagues, the members of Prescot Trinity Lodge No 3401 and their guests. The wonderful ceremony was presided over by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent, who was accompanied by a number of grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
Tony gave a short history of the momentous events of the year John was initiated in 1967 and a very interesting talk on John and his personal life. Of particular note was the fact that John’s wife Beryl, whom he had married in 1965, gave birth to their daughter Kim on 18 April 1967. This was the very night John was being initiated into Red Triangle Lodge No 3874; it was also the night after John’s 25th birthday.
John and wife Beryl’s first occupation was as hairdressers. After the death of John’s mother they took over her salon. Having been originally apprenticed to his aunt as a hairdresser this was a logical start to his working life and John later became President of the Guild of Hairdressers, Wigmakers and Perfumers. Later, life saw John change his career to become a driver of coaches, which he continued for 43 years until Beryl suffered a spinal injury and he finally decided to retire at the age of 73.
Tony then went on to detail John’s Masonic career. John was introduced to Freemasonry via his father-in-law Bill Jones, John’s mother was also a Lady Mason. John became WM of Red Triangle Lodge in 1980 and received Provincial honours in 1990 with the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon, with promotion to Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works in 2001. John became a member of Prescot Trinity Lodge on amalgamation of three lodges in 2006.
John was exalted into the Royal Arch in 1975 but resigned in 2006 because of work commitments, he was also a member of Provincial Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire No 8516 from 1989 until 1991.
Colin Rowling, the group chairman, then read the declaration on the certificate after which it was presented to John by Tony Bent. John showed clear emotion as he thanked the brethren for their words in tribute to his 50 years as a Freemason.
During the festive board, Arthur Monk proposed a toast to the health of the celebrant, further praising John for his long service to the Craft, John’s response was equally moving as he thanked all the brethren for their friendship and loyalty and assured them he continues to enjoy his Freemasonry, particularly since retirement has given him more time to devote to it.