The Late W Bro Brian Wood

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On 5th March 2021, the late W Bro Brian Sidney Wood should have been celebrating his 79th birthday with Anne, his wife, and receiving birthday greetings from his son, four daughters and their families.  Sadly, Brian has passed to Grand Lodge above. As an active Freemason it was appropriate that he was a member of Counos Lodge No 8133 as Counos is an ancient name for Canvey Island where Brian lived.

His fellow Lodge Brethren have shared in the grief of his loss alongside Brian’s family.  Had the Brethren been able to hold their regular February meeting they would have stood in silence for one minute in memory of Brian’s life as an act of Remembrance which will now be postponed until time or circumstances shall restore our meetings.

Initiated into Loyalty and Friendship Lodge No 7566 in London in 1988, Brian was Installed as Worshipful Master in 1997.  He joined Counos Lodge in 2000 where he was Master from April 2003 to 2005 and subsequently until April 1918 held seven different Lodge Offices. Brian was appointed Junior Deacon in Essex Masters in 2008.  In Royal Arch Masonry he was 1st Principal of Chingford Chapter in 2004.

There was much sadness in Castle Point where Brian was a well-respected Borough Councillor, having been first elected in 2004 and was Mayor in 2017. The Leader of the Council, Norman Smith and fellow Ward Councillors have all publicly praised Brian’s contribution to the Community and his interest in the concerns of residents which, they say, he always took seriously together with his service as a County Councillor.  Brian set himself high professional standards and was never afraid to stand up for what he believed to be right.

Although our thoughts are with Brian’s family, they may draw additional comfort in knowing that all Essex Freemasons would consider it an honour to follow Brian in being remembered by the Community as Brian is, especially by a fellow Councillor Steven Cole who said “He was also a Freemason as well and he raised thousands upon thousands of pounds. He loved his Freemasonry. He was someone that I looked up to”.  Such a public tribute says it all about the late W Bro Brian Sidney Wood who, from March 1942 to January 2021, lived respected and died regretted.

Tony Hales

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex