With sadness I must inform you of the passing to the Grand lodge above of Worshipful Brother Derek Michael Ward PPrSGD on Friday 6th October 2023 (aged 89).
Derek was initiated on the 6th of March 1996 into Elstow Lodge L8759, became Master in 2006 and was Almoner from 2008 to 2013. W Bro Derek became a joining member of Bedfordshire Installed Masters in 2007 and was Almoner 2009 to 2010. His first promotion PPrAGDC came in 2011, and in 2017 he was promoted to PPrSGD.
Sadly, W Bro Derek was unable to attend the lodge for quite some time due to mobility problems and had to step back from freemasonry. Recently he had been diagnosed with Leukemia and sadly he lost his brave fight and passed peacefully at home with his family around him.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Valerie and family at this sad time. I shall be sending a condolences card on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master and brethren.
Bro Derek Wards funeral is on Tuesday 31st October at 14:45pm at Harwood Park Crematorium , Watton Road , Stevenage , Hertfordshire , SG2 8XT .
Family flowers only ( A collection will be made in his memory after the service ) .
After the service you are invited to join the family at the Three Horseshoes , 102 Norton Road , Letchworth Garden City , SG6 1AG .
If I receive any more information, I will let you all know .
Requiescet in pace
Yours sincerely and fraternally
Mike Fitz-Gerald – Provincial Grand Almoner