Harthill Lodge No 8443, as part of its regular lodge meeting, celebrated Kenneth (Ken) Thomas Jones’ 60 years in Freemasonry.
The lodge was opened by the WM David Painter in due form prior to Assistant Provincial Grand Master Andrew Stephen Whittle being admitted into the lodge and accepting the WM’s chair for his explanation and presentation of the celebration certificate.
The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies seated Kenneth in comfort on a chair on the floor of the lodge and Andrew proceeded with a résumé of Ken’s career.
Ken was born in 1935, a year in which some very famous people were born: including Elvis Presley, Woody Allen, Julie Andrews, Donald Southern, Jerry Lee Lewis, Luciano Pavarotti, Dudley Moore and Kenneth Thomas Jones – born in Liverpool in June.
Ken left school at 15 and obtained a job as an instrument fitter and at 18 was called upon to do National Service in the RAF as a drill instructor and was demobbed two years later. He joined the police force in 1955 which was amalgamated into the Merseyside Police. In his early career he performed uniform duties before embarking on a career in CID. During his time in the CID he was posted to the Regional Crime Squad and finished his career in the Criminal Intelligence Section.
Ken’s career in Freemasonry started on 27 September when he was initiated into Kirkdale Lodge No 1756 after being proposed by his father Tom Jones. Having held all the progressive offices in the lodge he was installed as WM in 1976 and a second time in 1997. Ken became a joining member of Harthill Lodge in 2006 after Kirkdale Lodge closed. While a member of Harthill Lodge, he served as WM on two occasions – 2009 and 2015 and also served the lodge as director of ceremonies.
In 1960 Ken married Maureen, who sadly passed away in 2007 after a long and happy marriage. They had two children, Alison and Graeme, and Ken had tremendous pleasure and satisfaction in initiating his son Graeme in 2009, the year in which he was the WM and then even greater pride in 2016 when he installed his son into the chair of King Solomon.
On completion of presenting the résumé, Andrew asked John Murphy to present and explain to Ken the celebration certificate on behalf of Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
The night was completed by Ken thanking everyone at the festive board for attending and mentioned how his son Graeme and daughter Alison had supported him during his illness.
In a surprise move, Ken was also presented with a poster and signed photograph of Jurgen Klopp and other members of Liverpool Football Club.