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Fred Wunderley hits the 60 year mark

By Knowle Lodge Almoner, W Bro Rod Hinton P Prov SGW

Fred Wunderley presented with his 60 year certificate by David Butcher in June 2024
Fred Wunderley receives his 60-year certificate from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire, David Butcher.

W. Bro Fred Wunderley PProv SGW received his 60-year certificate for dedicated service to Freemasonry. His certificate was presented at his home on 27th June by Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro David Butcher. Also in attendance was Lodge Almoner W Bro Rod Hinton PProv SGW. They were ably assisted by Mrs Shirley Wunderley.

Fred and David hit it off “literally” as both had a common interest in cricket and the RAF. Fred was a regular in the airforce serving in England and the Suez Canal zone. Born in Manchester he is a lifelong Manchester United supporter and knowing George Best, Matt Busby and Dennis Violet  is claim to fame. Fred’s working life started after leaving college and the RAF. He joined the GEC as a trainee then became a manager of the Heating Lighting and Commercial Catering Department in Liverpool. After stints at Parkinson Cowen in Birmingham and as export director at the Brockhouse Group he started his own company which he sold after seven years before retiring to enjoy regular holidays with Shirley and friends.

W. Bro Fred was initiated on 1st April 1964 into the Duke of York Lodge 2449 meeting in the main temple in Manchester. He progressed through the offices and installed as master in 1973-74 performing many passings, raisings and an initiation.

Having moved to the Midlands he joined Oaks of Arden Lodge 7601 in 1980 and occupied many offices and eventually master in 1988. Fred is also a member of The Ancient and Accepted Rite, Greswolde Chapter Rose Croix and Royal Arch Forest of Arden Chapter. He has been installed in several chairs of each order.

Fred has also been heavily involved with charity at both province and lodge level. He was part of a group formed by the then PGM RW Bro David Macey for the 2012 Festival and Freemasonry in the Community.

Fred said  “Although I have had highs & lows in my Masonic career, not one moment have I ever regretted becoming a Freemason. Friendships I have made, values acquired, the personal satisfaction of performing well in the Lodge and the comfortable feeling of knowing that in my own small way I am helping those in need”