In Memoriam-Rt Wor Bro Leslie Johnston

It is with great sadness that we learned, over the weekend of the untimely death of Rt  Wor Bro Leslie V. Johnston, Assistant Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Ireland. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Florence, and the rest of his family circle, in this time of great  loss for the entire family.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Rt Wor Bro Johnston began his Masonic career in 1964, when he was initiated into St Johns Masonic Lodge No 230 Aughnacloy. He became Master of Lodge No 230 in 1973. In 1983 he affiliated to St Patrick’s Senior Lodge No 623, Armagh where he was appointed Secretary in 1985 and filled that office for the next six years. In 1992 Rt Wor Bro Johnston was appointed to the office of Provincial Grand Secretary of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Armagh, an office that he would fill for the next ten years.

In 1995-97 Rt Wor Bro Johnston filled three progressive offices in The Grand Lodge of Ireland ending up as a Senior Grand Deacon. In 2000 he was appointed to the Chair of the Boys Benefit Fund and in 2002 he was appointed as the Representative of The Grand Lodge of Gabon, at The Grand Lodge of Ireland, a representation that he would hold right up to the time of his death in 2011.

In 2003 Rt Wor Bro Johnston was elevated to the office of Assistant Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Armagh, an office that he held up until 2006. In 2006 he was invited by The Most Wor Grand Master to accept the office of Assistant Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Ireland, a post that he enjoyed, and that brought great honour to his Province and to his Mother Lodge. Rt Wor Bro Johnston, had a great interest in Freemasonry in all its many facets and showed great interest in our ritual, our charities and our administration.

Rt Wor Bro Johnston was a keen member of both the Irish Lodge and Chapter of Research and had prepared historical papers for both over the years. He was cognoscente of the great history of Freemasonry in the Masonic Province of Armagh, and did his best to record, preserve and promote this history throughout the Irish Constitution. He was one of the main supporters of the formation and development of the small museum and archive located in the Masonic Centre in Armagh.

            Oldstone Bi-Centenary Dinner 10th April 2009

Rt Wor Bro Johnston was a shining example of Irish Freemasonry at its best and will be sadly missed by all throughout the Irish Constitution. His friendly manner and quiet guidance was greatly appreciated over the years, and he enjoyed great support from his Brethren during his illness. In conclusion, we would again reiterate our expressions of sympathy to the Johnston family, who supported Leslie in all his Masonic activities over many years and who have now sustained a major loss to their family structure with his untimely loss. Our prayers and good wishes go out to Florence and the rest of the family circle.

Masonic Funeral Music by Mozart