R.W.Bro. James Bramley Morley – 54 years a Royal Ark Mariner
At the meeting of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, held at Westbourne House, Otley on 11th May 2013, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles presented certificates celebrating over 50 years in Royal Ark Mariner Freemasonry to R.W.Bro. James Bramley Morley, our senior Past Provincial Grand Master.
The presentation consisted of a certificate from the Grand Master’s Royal Ark Council recognising 50 years of service to the Order, and one from the Province recognising the full 54 years of distinguished service R.W.Bro. Morley has given to the Province and Brethren of West Yorkshire.
In presenting the certificates, R.W.Bro. Steggles gave a retrospect of the progress R.W.Bro. Morley had made in the Order since joining Fearnley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1959, including his appointment to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 1983 and his service as our Provincial Grand Master from 1989 to 1994. He was also a Founder Member of two Royal Ark Mariner Lodges, including the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Installed Commanders No 110, a former President of the Huddersfield Halifax and Districts Installed Masters’ Association and a member of the Mark Charity Executive for 12 years, serving as its Chairman in 1987 and 1988. R.W.Bro. Morley is also a Honorary member of no less that 19 Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodges in this Province.
R.W.Bro. Steggles went on to give a brief summary of R.W.Bro. Morley’s service in the Royal Navy, where he served on HMS Cleveland, a Hunt Class Destroyer, in the Second World War and his very successful business career.
In summing up the Provincial Grand Master described R.W.Bro. Morley as “a gentleman, through and through. A gentle man, an elegant man, a courteous man, a kind and charitable man, and a man much loved and revered us all”.
R.W.Bro. Morley is married to Peggy and last year they celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Long may that and R.W.Bro. Morley’s enjoyment of Royal Ark Mariner Freemasonry in this Province continue.