Sunday , 18 February 2018
Rose of respect for 65 years with Freemasons

Rose of respect for 65 years with Freemasons

Untitled-1.fwTHE Freemasons of the Capes Region paid homage to one of their own at a Rose Presentation dinner on Friday night.

Keith MacKinnon was honoured for more than 65 years service with the Masons.

Masons from Sussex, Naturaliste, Nannup Day Lodge and Margaret River Lodges along with their wives, family and friends filled the Masonic Temple in Busselton.

More than 80 people packed the Masonic centre but most important of all were the 10 MacKinnon family members there to share the moment.

The event was also attended by the grand master of WA Steve Jancec and past deputy grand master Eddie Shaw.

Mr Jancec provided the key note speech while Mr Mac Kinnon’s son, Barry, a former Liberal Party leader, provided insightful and entertaining reminiscences of the 93-year-old man’s life and present him with a single red rose.

The Rose Presentation has been a long standing tradition in Freemasonry instituted on the initiative of a former Lord Mayor of Fremantle Frederick Sampson.

The premise being that in life we always wait until a person has passed away before we come forward with tributes to his good character.

“Why should we not consider another human being worthy of our plaudits and let him know of our admiration for him while he is still with us,” was Mr Sampson’s reasoning.

Mr MacKinnon has enjoyed a full life as a family man, a businessman and as one who has devoted much of his time to the community.

He was born in north Perth in 1921 before the MacKinnon family moved to Bridgetown in 1924 where he lived for more than 30 years.

He has been involved with at least 20 organisations in the communities of Bridgetown, Busselton and Duns borough.

He was a weapons instructor in the army during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant at the time of his demobilisation in 1946.

He was heavily involved with the RSL holding the position of president for five years in the Bridgetown branch, the biggest in WA at the time.

He still takes the salute at the Dunsborough march pass on Anzac Day.

He ran a successful building business and moved to Busselton in 1974 and was later a founder of the Dunsborough Country Club which he helped build, filling the office of chairman of the golf committee.