On Tuesday the 4th of October a fond farewell was given to Excellent Companion Nelson Hall at the Milton Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham. The service was warmly conducted by W.Bro David Sawyer, Past Provincial Grand Chaplain of Buckinghamshire and attended by more than two hundred, Family Friends and Freemasons. Tributes were given by Andy Hall (Nelson’s son) Jack Cohen (Nelson’s friend and brother freemason) and Will Hall (Nelson’s Grandson).
Andy’s tribute was entitled “Tall Ships’ Tales” a warm, moving and very well delivered eulogy was given by Andy taking us through the wonderful events of Nelson’s family life and his service in the Merchant Navy.
E. Comp Jack Cohen paid tribute to Nelson’s remarkable Masonic history. Nelson was initiated into Kelvin Lodge No 3736 in 1973 and going on to join his first Lodge in Buckinghamshire, Hall Barn Lodge No 8480 in 1981 and then becoming a member of a further thirty eight Lodges. Nelson was Exalted into the Royal Arch in 1976 in to St Mary’s Chapter No63. Nelson was to become a member of a further thirteen Chapters.
Nelson work as a freemason was recognised by the Province of Buckinghamshire where he was appointed Provincial Grand Scribe E in 1997 and in1999 he was appointed Provincial Grand Secretary, Promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 2006.
In the Royal Arch in Buckinghamshire Nelson was promoted from Past Provincial Grand Scribe E to Second Provincial Grand Principal in 2005.
Nelson achieved the Grand Ranks of Past Grand Sword Bearer in the Craft and in the Royal Arch Past Grand Standard Bearer.
Will’s tribute was a touching, warmly given and very well delivered poem, entitled “Gone from Site”.-
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying…
In Plain Memoriam
E.Comp Nelson Hall, PGStB, PProvGH.
Obiit 22nd September 2016. “Till the Dawn Breaks! ” Adieu!!