Many members of both Agricola Lodge and Agricola Chapter, together with Freemasons from across the Province of East Kent attended a Service of Thanksgiving this week, to celebrate the life of our recently departed Brother, WBro Richard Hinge PAGDC, PProvJGW.
As well as being a Freemason, Richard was a prominent local farmer who had lived and worked in Kent all his life. So great was the attendance, that the Service, which would normally have been held in his local Church in Bredgar, was moved to the larger Church of St. John the Baptist in nearby Tunstall.
In welcoming the congregation, The Reverend Alan Pinnegar described Richard as someone “who had the knack of putting people at ease”. He referred to Richard’s kind and gentle manner as well as to his mischievous and often self deprecating sense of Humour.
The main Tribute to Richard was given by his friend of 40 years David Rhys-Jones who described Richard as “a Gentleman” who was always welcoming, interested in people, and who loved to socialise.
Looking back over Richard’s life and achievements, David described his love of country sports and his lifelong interest in National Hunt and Point to Point racing. He also mentioned the pride Richard felt in his membership of Agricola Lodge and Chapter, and in his many Masonic achievements.
He also described Richard’s love of his family, the sad loss of his wife Bridget, and the happiness he had found in later life with Alice.
“With Richard…” said David “a laugh was never far away”.
The Service featured contributions from 5 of Richard’s Grand Children Charlie, Monty, Rachel, Freddy and Fergus.
A retiring collection was held in aid of the Injured Jockey’s Fund and the local Parish. Brethren wishing to donate should send payments in Richard’s Name to:
C. Waterhouse and Sons, Funeral Directors, High Street, Burwash, East Sussex TN19 7ET.
Farewell Richard… We’ll miss you.
May you rest in peace.