Tony Hawkard was the sort of chap who gave Freemasonry a good name and what a privilege it is to have known him well, and if you did too, then you will remember him with affection. He was a strong man, the type of prop forward who described playing first class Rugby with relish, giving and receiving those friendly rabbit punches which would knock most of us unconscious. When I first knew him he was effortlessly able, possessed of a fine mind and firm, wide-ranging allegiances. His masonic career glittered, as did his academic, business and family life.
From leaving the Chair of Elmley Castle Lodge No. 6247 in 1986 he became Provincial Steward, 1988, Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden, 1991, and Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1996, before he had received Grand Rank.
He seemed tireless and his Year Book photograph was coupled with a CV which took the breath away. Mark Masonry particularly benefited from his talents, among many side orders in all of which he was held in high esteem.
When he moved from Broadway with his wife Margaret in retirement, it was to Yorkshire, near to his son’s family. He regularly returned to Worcestershire for Provincial Grand Lodge and Installed Masters’ where he was proud to be WM in 2014. By then his mind, after a life well-spent in acts of virtue, was still capable of surprising us with his gentle humour and concern for his Brethren. As I doff my hat to his achievements my loss is still to be felt when next the wish to ring him comes to me and I suddenly realise what we have all lost.
Rest easy my friend.
Written by John Yeates