It is with much sorrow that we report the death of Right Worshipful Brother Colin Woodward who passed away peacefully in hospital late on the evening of Tuesday 20th June.
A great friend to all and known affectionately as Colin. He was a most respected and admired Provincial Grand Master. A Black Country Mason who stuck by his roots, those who served the province during his term as our Provincial Grand Master worked alongside a dedicated and hard-working leader who won the admiration of so many for his down to earth attitude and dealings with all things masonic.
He had three great loves in his life His Family, Music and Freemasonry.
Colin is survived by his dear wife Christine, his daughter Lynne and five Grandsons, James, Ben, Josh, Sam and Jack. He was immensely proud of them all.
A Teacher by profession,Colin taught at various schools in and around Smethwick and Oldbury. His subjects being maths and music. His leisure time, before freemasonry took hold, was devoted to his love of music. In particular his role as Musical Director of the local Amateur Operatic Society, where he both produced and performed in many musicals.
Colin loved playing the organ which made him an ever welcome and popular person in every lodge he joined or visited. He was initiated into Freemasonry on the 14th December 1972 in Hagley Lodge. He served in many lodge offices on his way to becoming Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary before being appointed Provincial Grand Senior Warden in 1988. He became a Grand Officer when appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1994 and was subsequently promoted to PGSD in 2009.
Colin had a distinguished career in many degrees in Freemasonry. His journey in the Mark Degree began with his Advancement into the Bromsgrove Lodge of Mark Master Masons on 11th July 1975. Installed as Master in 1985 he soon caught the attention of the then rulers who appointed him Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 1986. Appointed a Grand Steward and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 1991, he served the province in that role until 1993.
Colin became Provincial Grand Master In 1998 and held that office until 2005. During those years he worked tirelessly in modernising and re-invigorating both the Province and the Brethren. His actions changed the ethos resulting in a more dynamic outlook whilst introducing many new and innovative ideas, which included inviting our Ladies into Lodge to witness the dedication of Lodge Banners. Colin was also instrumental in the introduction of the annual Four Provinces Meeting which continues to grow and flourish.
Colin held membership of no fewer than 28 Mark and RAM Lodges within Worcestershire as well as memberships of several other distinguished lodges including; The Grand Masters Lodge, the Grand Stewards Lodge, The Royal Air Force Lodge, Coventry Lodge and The Ronald Albutt Lodge.
Many will remember Colin for his very sharp wit, a warm generous nature and his retention of our ritual to the very end. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and prayers now turn to his Family.
A sad day and the closing of a Chapter in the History of Worcestershire Mark Masonry.
May he obtain eternal peace.
The funeral will take place at Powke Lane Crematorium, Powke Lane, Rowley Regis.B65 0AD at 11.30 a.m on Tuesday 11th July 2017 followed by refreshments at Hasbury Conservative Club, 91 Blackberry Lane, Halesowen. B63 4NZ.
Family flowers only, donations to Acorn Hospice or Air Ambulance.