PM Bro John Connelly 1915 - 2020
When growing up John was a very talented footballer and had gone on trial at Partick Thistle, abandoning his own dreams to sign up for the RAF when WW2 broke out.
He served his country in the camouflage and decoy unit of the RAF but wasn't 1 to talk much about this.
After leaving the RAF and settling down with his wife Helen he decided in apply to join the lodge.
Age 38 and application number 85, John's form was put in to lodge Possilpark and balloted on 22 October 1953.
Initiated into Lodge Possilpark No.1330 on 28th January 1954.
Passed on 11th March 1954
Raised on 29th April 1954
Mark Ceremonial on 27th May 1954,
John was a life member of Possilpark No.1330 from 1954.
Having to move due to work John decided to affiliate to Lodge Alexandra No.1282 on 5th September 1966.
John quickly took up office and became Master in December 1975.
After coming out the chair John became the Lodge secretary and held this office for 28 years.
John was a also a very keen bowler and was involved in the running of the Provincial bowls competitions for many years.
He was also giving honory rank by the PGL of Glasgow and the Grand Lodge of Scotland for his services to the craft.
John continued to support the lodge till his health made it hard for him to attend.
On any visit to see John his 1st question was always, "hows the lodge doing"
John was also recognised by the city of Glasgow for his sterling work he done for the Glasgow old peoples welfare, he was awarded as a Community Champion.
He was also recognised by Rangers F.C. as there oldest season ticket holder.
He had just moved into the Ashton Grange Care home and was settling in well and of course was the centre of attention.
Unfortunately John caught the Corona virus and was took into hospital on 20 April 2020.
John sadly passed away on Thursday 23rd April 2020.
He will be missed by all who knew him both inside the lodge and in the wider community.
Andrew Honest RWM
Lodge Alexandra No.1282.
Provincial Grand Lodge Of Glasgow extend sincere condolences to the family and both lodges at this sad time.