R W Bro Robert Campbell
R W Bro Robert Campbell has been a member of this lodge for more than 65 years.
R W Bro Campbell was proposed for membership of St Helens Masonic Lodge by his Father-in-law, the late W Bro John Murray, who was our foundation Secretary and indeed served the office of Secretary for 16 years. R W Bro Campbellís career in the Masonic order confirms the foresight that W Bro John Murray had whenever he introduced him to the order.
R W Bro Campbell was initiated on 22 June 1951, in Charity Lodge, No.688, as St Helens' never met in June. He received his Fellowcraft Degree on 19 October 1951, and was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 16 November 1951. Both of these degrees were given in our Lodge.
R W Bro Campbell had an excellent attendance record and was installed Worshipful Master in January 1960. After vacating the chair he still maintained his attendance as well as being an active worker of the Lodge, organising social functions, including Ladies Nights. He only missed one night from he joined the Lodge until he became Provincial Assistant Grand Master, when the demands on his time from other Lodges increased substantially.
In 1966 R W Bro Campbell became Lodge Secretary in what can only be described as not the easiest of circumstances. The then Secretary W Bro Jimmy Wilson had died suddenly around the same time as the Lodge Treasurer. R W Bro Campbell served as Secretary from 1966 to 1975 and was, an outstanding Secretary. During his time as Secretary he also had to cope with some interesting situations. He led us to the decision, and we still agree with today, to re-use Past Master Jewels returned by the families of deceased Brethren.
During our Golden Jubilee Celebrations, R W Bro Campbell was spotted by the then Provincial Grand Master R W Bro Herbie Stewart and it wasn't long until he was called to serve in Provincial Grand Lodge of Down. He was Provincial Grand Masters' Standard Bearer in 1977, Provincial Grand Lodge Inspector from 1978 to 1981, Provincial Assistant Grand Master from 1982 to 1986, Provincial Deputy Grand Master from 1987 to 1991 and Provincial Grand Master from 1992 to 1996. He didnít retire then, rather he was honoured by Grand Lodge of Ireland, serving as Grand Junior Warden in 1999 and Grand Senior Warden in 2000. Apart from the official titles held in Provincial Grand Lodge he also worked tirelessly for the order in many other areas.