In memory of Kenneth “Percy” Pollard
In September 2023 the MCF gratefully received a substantial legacy from the Will of the late W Bro Kenneth Pollard, “Percy” to all those who knew and loved him. At the time of receipt, Percy’s generous donation was the most valuable legacy received for the MCF. *
Percy was born in 1942 and christened Kenneth James Pollard. In 1946 the family moved to Harvey Gardens in Charlton and Percy lived there for the remaining 76 years of his life.
At age 14 Percy left school and joined the London Electricity Board as an apprentice electrician. By the 1970s he was working in an electricity meter testing station as an authorised meter examiner before eventually retiring in 2004.
Percy began his Masonic life in 1985 by being initiated into West Lewisham Lodge No 4298 and was also a regular attendee at Eltham Palace Lodge No 2890, Queen Mary’s Lodge No 3327 and Hereditary Lodge No 5731. He was exalted into West Lewisham Chapter No 4298 in 2009.
Percy coped with a number of health issues in later life. In 2011 he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, put on a strict diet, but much to his relief alcohol was not completely excluded! In 2020 there was a further diagnosis of bone cancer. Despite these upsets, there is no doubt Percy lived life to the full. His varied interests (to name just a few) included riding his cherished Triumph Spitfire, traditional jazz, football and travelling around the world.
Percy attended his final Lodge meeting in April 2023 before moving on to the Grand Lodge above. Although Percy had many friends at his death, he didn’t have any close surviving family. Therefore he made the very generous decision to leave most of his estate to the MCF. Percy’s decision means the MCF will be supporting those in need long after Percy’s death, a true legacy for a fascinating man.
We would like to thank W Bro Steve Mason who was a very close friend of Percy’s for this background information.