Bro. Douglas Findlay, PM 154
On Saturday, 11th November, 2017, Freemasonry in Scotland suffered a great loss with the passing to the Grand Lodge above of Bro. Douglas (Doug) Alexander Findlay, PM of The Lodge of St Anthony No 154.
Bro. Doug was initiated in St Anthony in October, 1964 and rose through the offices to become Master of the Lodge from 1967 to 1969. After vacating the Chair, Bro. Doug worked his way up through the offices of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Aberdeenshire West, culminating in him being commissioned in 1994 as Provincial Grand Master by the then Grand Master Mason, Lord Burton, an office he held for the usual period of 5 years. But Bro. Doug had not yet reached the pinnacle of his Masonic career; that came in 2009 when he was appointed Substitute Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland by the present Grand Master Mason, Bro. Charles Wolrige Gordon of Esselmont after having risen through the offices to Senior Grand Warden.
Having served his Lodge, the Province and Grand Lodge faithfully, Bro. Doug still did not take things easy. He continued to attend all on a regular basis and was, up to his death, Director of Ceremonies in his Mother Lodge, an office he had held for some years. He was also a PM of Lodge Felix No 355 and an affiliate of Lodge Randolph No 1434, the first Scottish Lodge of Enlightenment. Up until his stroke last year, he also was an active member of the St Anthony Installation Team and had assisted in installing many Masters in the Province.
Bro. Doug received his Grand Lodge 50 Year Diploma in his Mother Lodge in 2015, one year late! Even then, it had to be returned for correction as Grand Lodge had made an error! His last attendance at the Lodge was on Monday, 6th November when we received our annual visit by Provincial Grand Lodge. As he appeared in fine fettle on that occasion, news of his sudden passing just 5 days later was a great shock to all.
As a brother of vast experience, Bro. Doug will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and learning from him. Our deepest sympathies go to Fiona and the family at this time.