The Grand Superintendent presents a 50 years certificate to Excellent Companion Arthur Leslie Pask
"Companions, it is my pleasure this evening to present a Certificate to celebrate Excellent Companion Arthur Pask completing fifty years in Royal Arch masonry.
Arthur Leslie Pask was born in 1928 and has recently celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday. He was educated at City School in Lincoln and started a career in Electrical Engineering. Like many in his age group this was interrupted at an early stage by service in the forces and in Arthur’s case this was spent in the Royal Air Force, where his engineering background must have been useful. During this time Arthur suffered a serious illness and it resulted in him losing the lower part of his right leg. This is something I never knew and clearly it has not held him back.
After leaving the Royal Air Force, Arthur continued his career in engineering and became an Incorporated Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. To pursue his career Arthur moved to Nottingham in 1960 and after a short spell with Boots joined the City Engineer’s Department of the then Nottingham Corporation.
He rose to become the Chief Building Services Engineer and remained there until he retired in January 1989.
Arthur is a strong family man and together with his wife Pam, they raised two children Andrew and Jane. Until very recently Arthur enjoyed many holidays as a very keen caravanner.
Arthur has been a member of Rotary and is a Past President of two Nottingham Rotary Clubs. Until only last year Arthur was the Secretary of the local branch of the British Limbless Ex-Serviceman’s Association.
Arthur was initiated into the Nottingham Munia Lodge in January 1964 and became Worshipful Master in 1977.
He was exalted into Porchester Chapter on 7th November 1966 so has been a Companion for 50 years and six months. He became Most Excellent Zerubbabel of this Chapter on 12th May 1980 and on completion of his time as a Principal became Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. He served as the Chapter Director of Ceremonies from 1983 until 1987 and again from 1990 to 1994.
Arthur’s contribution to Provincial Grand Chapter was recognised by appointment to the rank of Provincial Grand Steward in 1985 and after a number of promotions was appointed to the most senior Provincial rank of Past Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 1999.
One of Arthur’s most important contributions to Freemasonry in Nottinghamshire has been his involvement with the administration of this Masonic Hall at Goldsmith Street. He was first elected to the Club Committee in 1982 and served for many years. He became Chairman of the Wine Committee, a job you may consider to be a rather popular one. However, he became Chairman of the Masonic Club from 1991 until 1996 and I can assure you Companions in those days this was anything but a popular job. It was a major task which Arthur always performed in a fair, friendly and efficient manner.
In 1998 Arthur was very deservedly appointed to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in United Grand Lodge.
Arthur has completed fifty years of Royal Arch masonry with great distinction, a wonderful achievement and one of which he should feel rightly proud. On behalf of the Province, the members of your Chapter and the other companions present this evening, I congratulate you and thank you for your contribution.
Excellent Companion Arthur I have much pleasure in presenting you with this fifty years certificate."