Sir David Amess MP RIP

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He lived respected and died regretted

The Provincial Grand Master (PGM) of Essex Freemasons, Paul Tarrant, expressed his shock and horror at the stabbing and killing of Sir David Amess MP. Speaking on behalf of the 9,000 plus Freemasons who meet in 300 Lodges across the county he said “We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to David’s family. Their grief and distress will remain foremost in our thoughts at this tragic time.”

Paul added “The whole Province is devastated. As an organisation which believes in peace and harmony, we stand alongside the two orders of women Freemasons in sharing our abhorrence at such an attack. Sir David was admired by us as a man with high standards of integrity, friendship, respect and charity which are our core values.”

To celebrate NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day on 5th July 2021, along with Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Sir David visited Saxon Hall, the Southend Masonic Centre and home to over 2,000 local Freemasons in 45 Lodges. Sir David described it as “a splendid and successful occasion and thought the people gathered together made it a fitting tribute to our frontline workers.”

Paul Tarrant, who was born and lived in Southend nearly all his life was one of the first to pay tribute to the MP for Southend West since 1997. He has also received many messages of sadness and disbelief from Essex Freemasons. Paul said that there will be many more tributes to come over the next few days as the nation mourns its loss.

The PGM continued saying “We have one member who started on the same day as David at St Bonaventure’s Grammar School in Forest Gate in 1962. They were classmates for five years and shared their interest in Scouting together. He told me that Sir David would have been very appreciative of all the good work the Freemasons have done to support the Scouts, often helping as volunteers and in raising money to provide equipment and improve facilities.”

The Brother who now lives in Colchester also said that David would have felt very proud that the charity ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ (TLC), was founded in Southend by two local Masons in 2001 and after 20 years over three million teddies have been cuddled by children in hospitals.

Paul added that in Freemasonry there is a phrase used on the death of a Brother held in high esteem. Without doubt, with his love for the community he served and the encouragement he gave us in our volunteering for good causes, especially during the pandemic, it equally applies to the late Sir David Anthony Andrew Amess MP, it is: ‘He lived respected and died regretted’.

Tony Hales

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex