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OBITUARIES

EULOGY FOR BROTHER JOHN McLEAN TEOFIL PIETRANEK

RIGHT WORSHIPFUL MASTER AND BRETHREN, IT IS MY SAD DUTY THIS EVENING TO BE ADDRESSING YOU WITH A EULOGY CONCERNING THE DEATH OF OUT MUCH RESPECTED AND FAITHFUL BROTHER JOHN McLEAN TEOFIL PIETRANEK.

JOHN WAS INITIATED INTO THE LODGE ON THURSDAY 11TH OF JANUARY 2001. THAT EVENING A NEW TEAM OF OFFICE BEARERS ALONG WITH A NEW YOUNG RWM PRESIDED OVER THIS LODGE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND I FIND IT STRANGELY IRONIC THAT HAVING INITIATED JOHN INTO FREEMASONRY AS THAT NEW RWM, I AM NOW TRYING TO COMPLETE THE CIRCLE OF HIS MASONIC LIFE.

JOHN PASSED THROUGH HIS 4 CRAFT DEGREES AND WAS QUICK TO BECOME A KEEN MEMBER OF THE LODGE, AND WAS ASKED IN 2002 IF HE WISHED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE WORKING OFFICE BEARERS OF THE LODGE. JOHN IMMEDIATELY SAID NO, AS HE FELT THAT GIVING RITUAL WAS NOT HIS THING. BUT IF THERE WAS A NEED FOR SOMEONE TO HELP WITH THE ADMINISTRATION SIDE OF THE LODGE, HE WOULD BE HAPPY TO COMPLY. BROTHER JOHN PIETRANEK WAS INSTALLED AS TREASURER ON THE 10TH DECEMBER 2002, AN OFFICE HE HELD UNTIL HIS DEATH ON THURSDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2017.

JOHN OFTEN SAID IT WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE HE MADE IN FREEMASONRY! BUT REALISTICALLY, JOHN ENJOYED THE HASSLE WITH BOOKS, SUPPLIERS, TRADESMEN, GAS, ELECTRIC AND INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THE GENERAL DAY TO DAY RUNNING OF THE LODGE.

TO SAY JOHN WAS A SAINT WOULD BE WRONG, HE LIKED NOTHING MORE THAN TO WIND UP CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS, MYSELF BEING NEAR THE TOP OF THAT LIST. BUT HIS DEDICATION TO THIS LODGE WAS NEVER QUESTIONED. INDEED BRETHREN, AFTER THE LODGE SUFFERED SEVERE DAMAGE A FEW YEARS AGO, I'M WALKING ROUND THE CORNER OF THE LODGE TO FIND JOHN UP ON THE ROOF ALONG WITH AN ASSESSOR, AND THEN HE MANAGES TO GET A FURTHER 800 TO HELP PAINT THE TEMPLE.

MY OWN PERSONAL FAVOURITE STORY, IS, AFTER GIVING JOHN A TILL RECEIPT FOR MORRISON'S WITH SEVERAL ITEMS ON IT. JOHN GOES UPSTAIRS MUMBLING TO HIMSELF. FIVE MINUTES LATER HE BOUNCES DOWN THE STAIRS FAIR PLEASED HE CAUGHT ME OUT, SHOUTING TO EVERYONE ABOUT NOT PAYING FOR MY GROCERIES. ASKING JOHN WHAT HE WAS ON ABOUT, HE POINTS OUT THE DENTURE TABLETS HALFWAY DOWN THE LIST. SO I TOOK GREAT PLEASURE IN TELLING HIM I HAVE GOT ALL MY OWN TEETH AND THE TABLETS ARE FOR CLEANING THE GLASS WASHER! JOHN ABOUT TURNS AND GOES BACK UP THE STAIRS. BRETHREN, THE LESSON I LEARNED THAT DAY WAS THAT JOHN DIDN'T JUST SIGN CHEQUES, HE ALSO CHECKED WHAT HE WAS SIGNING FOR!

BRETHREN, I VISITED JOHN ON THE DAY BEFORE HE DIED, AND I WILL ALWAYS BE CONVINCED HE KNEW I WAS THERE, AND WHEN BROTHER STEWART DONALDSON BROKE THE NEWS TO ME ABOUT JOHN'S DEATH, ALL I COULD SAY WAS THAT WE HAD LOST A CLOSE PAL, AND THIS SAD LOSS WILL BE FELT WITHIN THIS LODGE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. JOHN'S DEALINGS WITH THE BOOKS BROUGHT HIM NOTHING BUT PRAISE FROM THE PROVINCE AUDITOR AND THE STOCK TAKER, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU BRETHREN WHEN GIVING HIS ANNUAL REPORT.

JOHN LEAVES BEHIND HIS WIFE IRENE, THREE CHILDREN AND THREE GRAND CHILDREN, AND IT IS OUT DUTY BRETHREN TO SUPPORT THEM, NOT ONLY TOMORROW BUT FOR AS LONG AS IS REQUIRED.

AS I SAID BRETHREN, I FIND IT QUITE IRONIC ADDRESSING YOU ON AN EVENING WHEN A THIRD DEGREE IS BEING WORKED. WHEN THE LODGE IS RAISING THE BROTHER THIS EVENING TO THE THIRD OR HIGH AND SUBLIME DEGREE OF A MASTER MASON, I WOULD ASK YOU TO REFLECT ON THAT PART OF THE RITUAL WHERE OUR MASONIC TEACHINGS TELL US THAT DEATH IS NOT A CAPTIVE, BUT A CONQUEROR, AND AN UNSEEN ARM WILL SUSTAIN YOUR SINKING HEAD.

WELL DONE JOHN McLEAN TEOFIL PIETRANEK, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT, ENTER THEE INTO THE JOY OF THE LORD.

ADDRESS GIVEN BY BROTHER IAN STEWART PM.

 

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