On the 20th January 2018, Priory Gate Lodge celebrated its 50th Anniversary. There to celebrate the occasion and to present a 60 year Certificate to one of its members, was the RW Provincial Grand Master Ian M Chandler, accompanied by a number of Provincial Officers of the year.
The Provincial Grand Master first spoke about Eric the man and then highlighted the key point in Eric’s very distinguished Masonic career.
Eric Trodd was born in Southampton in 1934 and adopted there by Frank and Stephanie Trodd when three months old.
During the war Eric was evacuated to the village of Burridge and after the war the family moved to Portsmouth where Eric completed his full-time education at the city’s Southern Grammar School, obtaining a good School Certificate.
After fulfilling his national service commitment as an Engineer in Esso’s tanker fleet, he came to Surrey to live and work as a Mathematician in Armstrong-Whitworth’s [later B.Ae’s] design office in Weybridge, where he met his first computer.
He spent the remaining 39 years of his working life in I.T.
Eric met his wife Rhona in 1963 through work and a common interest in car rallying. They married in 1967 and celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last year.
Eric and Rhona have been big ship cruising enthusiasts before Freemasonry took over his life in his retirement.
Eric was initiated into Portsmouth Lodge in February 1958 and has been a member of three Craft lodges in Surrey and two in London.
He was appointed to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Registrar in Surrey in 1990, and promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 1999.
In the Royal Arch he is a member of two Chapters in Surrey and one in London, holding the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The RW Provincial Grand Master said that Eric was in most, if not all, Masonic Orders and had achieved high office in most of them. In the Orders beyond the Craft, he holds Grand Rank in ten.
Eric is a very well respected Mason, which was evident from the number of Brethren present to see him receive his presentation, including present and past members of the Provincial Executive from the other orders.
Article and photo by Chris Eley