He was deputy provincial grand master, Yorkshire West Riding, for the Masons and had been instrumental in opening up its secretive society by staging a series of open days at Doncaster’s Masonic Hall.
“This idea of secrecy is now getting to be a bit frustrating and that is the main reason why we opened up the masonic hall,” he said. “We’re thinking we may do it every year.”
A retired wholesale fish merchant, he became involved with the organisation in the 1980s.
He and his wife, Ann, had four children and an extended family of grandchildren.