Thank you Harry Fenton
We’d like to thank Harry Fenton and his wife, Ruth, for the generous gift they left to the Masonic Charitable Foundation from their estate.
Harry and Ruth dedicated much of their lives to helping others, and touched the hearts of so many people with their kindness. Harry was a successful businessman, and this enabled him and his wife to support several charities. Throughout their 60-year marriage, they volunteered their time and raised money for many charities, not only those within the Jewish community, but also national UK charities.
Harry had a lifelong relationship with Freemasonry and attended Lodge into his early 90s. He was a Freemason for over 50 years and he built wonderful memories and lasting friendships. Harry’s daughter Sandra said:
“My brother, Ian, and I wanted to ensure the Charities that were so important in our parent’s lives benefited in their memory. It continues what they did when they were alive and we are sure it is what they would have wanted. Our donation is from the heart, for Mum and Dad’
We are very thankful to Harry and Ruth Fenton and their family for remembering the Masonic Charitable Foundation. His legacy is the first gift left directly to the Masonic Charitable Foundation. We promise to use Harry and Ruth’s special gift wisely to fund our charitable support and services.
Thank you Sheila Cox
When Freemason Jeffery Cox died, he left behind his wife, Sheila and their young daughter, Alyson.
After Jeffery’s death, Sheila was faced with financial hardship, but members of her husband’s Lodge and Masonic charity stepped in to offer support. Alyson was offered a place at the Masonic School for Girls and received funding to cover the costs of her school fees, uniforms and trips. When Shelia required medical treatment, she was provided with the care she needed.
Sadly Sheila Cox died in 2017, but she left a discretionary legacy gift from her estate. Alyson acted as executor of her mother’s estate and chose to leave her mother’s gift to the Masonic Charitable Foundation as a thank you to Freemasonry for all the support it provided to her mother and herself over the years.
Alyson says “I would like to thank the Freemasons and Masonic charities for the support and education I received, allowing me to become a strong and independent lady at a young age. St Botolph’s Lodge, the Masonic School for Girls, and the Masonic charities were a huge support at a difficult time for our family. That’s why my mother left a legacy gift in her Will, and as executor I chose the Masonic Charitable Foundation. We were both proud to give something back and allow the MCF to help others today in the manner we were supported. Freemasonry has touched my life very directly for which I will be eternally grateful”.
Alyson would like to acknowledge the following for the support given to her family; W Bro Alan Berriman, Bro Frank Hoy, Bro Brian Pearcy, St Botolph’s Lodge, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Thank you David Walton
David George Walton 1 March 1942 – 25 February 2018
On the 19 November 1976 David George Walton was initiated into freemasonry and for the next four decades never looked back. David was a proud Essex freemason who took his various roles within Sigebert Lodge No 7572 extremely seriously. Although by nature a serious minded man, his sweet and gentle personality made him one of the most popular members of his lodge.
His friend and fellow Sigebert Lodge member, Ron Steele said that David’s seriousness made him an ideal target for some gentle ribbing from time to time but he always took it in good humour. Ron also explained that David had spent most of his professional life as a salesman which at face value would have been hard to believe due to his very quiet understated nature. In fact, David was a very successful salesman because everyone saw him for what he was – a kind, and caring gentleman.
David sadly died from cancer in 2018 but unbeknown to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, had left a very generous legacy donation in his will. This donation will allow the MCF to support even more individuals in need and charitable causes for some time to come and represents David’s truly lasting legacy.