A Tribute to W. Bro Colin George Robins P.Prov.G.S.O

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Colin George Robins came to Freemasonry late in life following the death of his wife, Angie and after a long career in the entertainment Industry, primarily on stage. He originally was a Craft member of Connaught and Truth Lodge at Huddersfield No 521.He was introduced into Beaumont Mark Lodge No1523 on 3rd November 2005 at the age of 73 W. Bro. Iain McWhorter-Morrison seconded W. Bro. Alex Caldwell. The register shows his occupation as Retired Thespian. Right from the start he loved Mark Masonry, the theatre of the ceremony but above all the friendship of the Mark Degree. He became the Master of Beaumont Mark Lodge on 2nd April 2009 and occupied the chair for two years. He was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Senior Overseer three years ago and recently became a member of Peace Royal Ark Mariners No.681

An article appeared recently in a local Barnsley paper headed,’ Talented entertainer of a golden age dies aged 83’, referring to W. Bro. Colin. He was born in Birmingham and then went to work all over the world as a professional entertainer. He was an impressionist, singer, comedian and raconteur. He first worked as a soloist, then later alongside his wife, Angie Dean He got his peak in 1950 when he appeared on the radio version of the popular talent show , ‘Opportunity Knocks’, the X Factor of the day. Angie and Colin were married in 1961 and went on to work in cabaret, revues, cruise liners and pantomimes. In 1978 Angie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of rheumatoid arthritis which brought an end to their joint career in its prime. As her condition deteriorated Colin gave up his career to care for her until her death in 2001.

As those who knew him well would testify he was a cheerful, life and soul of the party who would entertain you at the drop of a hat. However, beneath the thespian façade was a very caring, committed Freemason, a lovely man who was well respected across the Province and brought charismatic good humour wherever he went, he will be sadly missed us all.


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