Long-time Bath resident John Pearson, now in his 90th year, celebrated another milestone in an eventful life when he received certificates commemorating his 60 years of service to Freemasonry.
John is a well-known and respected professional having been the senior Partner in the accountancy firm of Pearson May, who have offices in Bath, Trowbridge and Chippenham. He is equally proud of his Masonic membership being associated with a number of Freemasons’ Lodges meeting in Bath and other Provinces and a member of many other Masonic Orders.
While a pupil of King Edward’s School in Bath, John set his sights on becoming a Chartered Accountant – which led him to be articled to Mundy Brewer and Johnson in Pulteney Street. The war sadly interrupted his studies and training and John found himself a Royal Engineer posted to Colchester in Essex to learn such things as how to build a Bailey Bridge, the army were quick to realise his skills were more attuned to figures and after a short period of training he qualified as an instructor in the Army Pay Corps. At the end of his military service John returned to Bath where he completed his articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, soon adding his name to the practice of Pearson, May and Co. John retired in 1996.
As an accountant John Pearson played an active role in the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, a charity which provided much needed help and support for young people. Upon his retirement as a Trustee of the charity, The Earl Cadogan paid a fulsome tribute to John’s sterling work citing his professional knowledge, background and application as being key to the RMTGB’s sound financial basis.
John was presented with certificates from David Jenkins, the Past Provincial Grand Master for Somerset and Philip Bullock, Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire, at a recent Ceremony in the Bath Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, Bath, which was attended by great number of members from the many Lodges of which John is a member.
Pictured Left to Right above are:
RW.Bro. David Jenkins, Past Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, W.Bro. John Pearson, W.Bro. Phillip Cottrell WM of Royal Albert Edward Lodge and RW.Bro. Phillip Bullock Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire.