James Willis 1951 – 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our brother James Willis who passed away in the Alexander Hospital Redditch early this morning.

Jim’s last year has been very difficult having lost his beloved Rosemary whilst he himself battled illness. Jim was justifiably held in very high regard. The manner in which he has conducted himself during these difficult times is an example to us all. He was brave and remained positive and dignified in manner. When I last spoke with him his concern was for others who were not well and missing the benefit of his services as our Provincial Almoner.

Jim first joined Mark Masonry when Advanced into St Laurence Lodge No 893 in 1988. He became Worshipful Master in 1995 and again in 1996.

His first Provincial Appointment was that of Past Provincial Grand Chaplain in 1998, followed by several promotions culminating in his being Provincial Grand Senior Warden during 2008.

He was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2011.

He was a founder member of The Provincial Grand Almoners & Charity Stewards Lodge No 1943 and of the Vea Secunda Lodge No 1980, in addition held membership of Moseley Lodge of MMM No 667 and Honorary Membership of the Quill and Key Lodge No 1901. He was also an active member of the Worcestershire Installed Master Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1409.

Jim was a recipient of the prestigious Provincial Grand Master Certificate of Merit at the most recent Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting. Presented in recognition of his services to Mark Masonry over a great number of years and most particularly for the caring and sympathy shown to those in need whilst carrying out his duties as Provincial Almoner.

Our thoughts now turn towards the family at this difficult time. Many of JIm’s friends are close to the family and will offer any support needed. We will all miss Jim. A gentleman and true mason who had nothing but good to say about anyone.

The funeral will take at 11.00am on Wednesday 27th September at Redditch Crematorium.

The family wish everyone to know that the crematorium is undergoing extensive refurbishment and that a small marquee is in use in place of the Chapel. Many are expected and it is likely that some will be standing in the open. A brolly would be a useful accessory should it be wet.

All are invited to take light refreshment afterwards at Bordesley Park Farm, Dagnell End Road, Beoley Vale B98 9BH. (Situated opposite the entrance to the Abbey Hotel and Golf Complex).

No Flowers Please. Donations to Primrose Hospice.

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