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Lodge of Sorrow for Bro. W. Neil Malpass PM
Report by RWM Craig Rodger

Fife No. 19 recently held a Lodge of Sorrow for P.M.Bro.William Neil Malpass. Several other brethren of lodge 19 were also remembered at this ceremony. At this meeting, a total of 57 brethren signed the tyle. There were visitors from 15 different Lodges, some from Lanarkshire and Midlothian; also present were 6 members of the Provinical Grand Lodge of Fife and Kinross headed by the Provinical Grand Master. A collection for MacMillan Cancer Support realised a sum of £177 which is to be increased to £200 from Lodge No.19 funds.
R.W.M. JH. of Wilsontown Ironworks St. John's Lodge No.236 Forth, Lanarkshire gave a vote of thanks and exchanged fraternal greetings with Lodge No.19, on behalf of all the visiting brethren. The Lodge of Sorrow was a very moving ceremony of remembrance, for our departed brethren.

Bro Neil Malpass - sadly missed.


Funeral of Lodge 19 Bible Bearer Bro. Peter McTaggart who died on 4th March 2010 by RWM Craig Rodger.

  On the 10th March 2010 a funeral service was held for Peter McTaggart, at the Funeral Home of  William Jordan & Sons Ltd. Upper Dalgairn, Cupar.  The service was conducted by the R.W.M. Bro. Craig Rodger and the lesson was read by the lodge almoner P.M. Bro. Douglas Wilson. At the request of Peter's family, the lodge assisted with the funeral arrangements and took part in the funeral services.

A further service followed at Dundee Crematorium.  Brethren from Lodge 19 carried the coffin into the crematorium preceded by the R.W.M. Other brethren from lodge 19 formed a guard of honour on either side of the aisle.  The R.W.M. and two brethren each placed a sprig of acacia on the coffin.  The R.W.M. from Lodge Albert No. 448 (Peter's Mother Lodge) was also present.  All the brethren wore masonic regalia.   During the service P.M. Bro. David Barclay recited "Truly The Light" (Ecclesiastes 12) in a very moving and poignant manner. An excellent job, thanks to the many brethren of Lodge 19 who attended.  Thanks also to the R.W.M. of Lodge Albert 448 for his support. The family of Peter McTaggart thanked the lodge and expressed their appreciation.