Tribute: Andrew Fullarton PM

                                                                ANDREW FULLARTON PM 927 (Andra)

Andrew Fullarton was born in Auchinleck Ayrshire in 1930 and after completing his schooling went to work in the pits.

He then went on to serve in the Army (REME) where he earned the rank of Sergeant serving in Greece during the troubles there. On his demob from the Army Andra went back to work in the pits at Polkemmet Colliery. Leaving there he went to work at Euclid (now Terex Equipment Ltd) where he worked for over 35 years as an Assembler on the Assembly Line building Earthmoving Equipment.

He married his wife Bella in 1956 some 56 years ago and they had one daughter Janet, who later went on to marry Billy Jones . Janet and Billy also had one child, daughter Leanne making Andra a very proud and loving Grandfather .

Andra became a Freemason in 1954 joining Lodge St. James 590 where he was a life member. However Andra was also a keen bandsman having joined the Salvation Army Band at 7 years old and thereafter joining Whitburn Burgh Band whom he served as a player for over 50 years. He was also a keen administrator and became the Secretary to the Brand Brass Association for a number of years. and was held in very high estimation in the Brass band world.

When he learned that his son in law Billy had applied to join this Lodge he decided to affiliate here.

Billy went on to join our instruction class and Andra was invited to come along with him where he very quickly proved his worth doing ritual. Becoming an Office Bearer in the Lodge was his next progression where he proved his outstanding qualities as a ritualist. However I think it was about the time he got to Junior Deacon that he started to have reservations about going to the Chair,  saying that he was far too old and would be 65 by the time he got to the Chair. As I  was installing the Office Bearers that year I told him in no uncertain fashion that we could not allow him to pack in as he was too good an example to those who were coming behind him and of course as we all know he did indeed progress to the Chair and I had the great honour of Installing him as Master in December 1994 one month before he retired at 65.

Andra thoroughly enjoyed his term as Master and was seen here there and everywhere serving the lodge with great distinction. He then went on to progress though the offices in the Polkemmet Royal Arch Chapter and I had the pleasure of Installing him as our 1st  Principal at the age of 72.

Here again he went on to serve with great distinction and was renowned for his quality of ritual. He just loved doing ritual both in the Lodge and Chapter but I think we all know that his party piece was delivering the 1st Degree Tracing Board lecture which he not only delivered here but in quite a number of Lodges. He was a regular visitor throughout the Province both in the Blues and Reds and a great ambassador for both. He also spent a number of years setting out the Temple for both the Lodge and Chapter until the time he underwent a triple bypass and then suffered a stroke.  The stroke however mainly affected his speech and this greatly distressed him as he was no longer able to deliver the ritual but he could be seen sitting there mouthing every word with each office bearer as they delivered their lectures.  An honorary member of Lodge Hopetoun St. John 1232  he went on to receive the rank of Honorary Grand Senior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Scotland as a recognition for his outstanding service to the Craft. An honour that made him so proud.

Until his illness he was also a very keen Bowler a pastime that he greatly enjoyed.

As an outstanding member and Past Master of this Lodge it was therefore with a great deal of sadness that we learned of his passing to the Grand Lodge above on the 26th January.  A large turnout of members of this Lodge and many other Lodges  attended his Funeral Service on Thursday the 2nd February showing the respect and very high regard in which Andra was held.

At this time our thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife Bella, daughter Janet, son in law Billy and granddaughter Leanne at this time of grief in their sad loss.

There is no doubt that his passing will be a great loss to his family where he was so loved and our sincerest condolences are with them.

He will also be a great loss to this Lodge, and we have suffered the loss of one of our most respected members,  a highly respected Past master but more importantly a great friend to all who had the privilege of sharing in some measure his friendship, and as a shining example to those who follow in his footsteps.

Eulogy delivered by PM W. J. Hilditch at the Regular Meeting of Lodge Polkemmet No. 927 on Monday 6th February 2012