Robert Gorman McKie PM 1944 - 2004

It is with deep regret we intimate the passing of Bro. Robert Gorman McKie PM.

Robert was initiated into Freemasonry on 26th October 1977, passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft on 25th January 1978 and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on 8th February 1978. He was advanced to the Degree of a Mark Master Mason on 10th October 1979.

 “Bob”, as he was affectionately known, made rapid progress through the offices and was installed into the chair of King Solomon on 7th January 1987.

He did not keep the best of health, and as a young boy was diagnosed as having a severe kidney disorder which required long periods of dialysis treatment. Indeed Bob was the longest patient in Britain receiving treatment on a dialysis machine. In the year 1996 Bob was given the good news that a matching kidney had been found and he underwent a kidney transplant shortly after.

Unfortunately the transplant was not the success his family had hoped for and near the end of last year Bob was told that his body was rejecting the kidney. The only alternative was to go back on dialysis.

Bob’s mum, who had devoted her life to lovingly caring for Bob, had taken ill herself, and Bob and his brother John took on the mantle of caring for their mum.

Alas she died on 1st April 2004 at the age of 89 years. Bob was admitted to hospital at the beginning of May and lost his brave fight for life on Wednesday 12th May at the age of 59 years.

Bob was a character who dearly loved Freemasonry and proudly displayed his Masonic Diplomas on the walls of his living room home.

Although he was not well enough to attend lodge meetings after his transplant. He never lost his love for the lodge and all that Freemasonry stood for.

I have been honoured and privileged to be a Masonic Brother to Bob and a friend of the family through the years since Robert Gorman McKie became a member of The Caledonian Lodge No. 392.

(Ronnie Moyes, PM Caledonian 392)

(Bro. Robert was interred alongside his family in Dumfries but a Service in celebration of his life was held in in St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sighthill, Edinburgh, (of which Robert was a Church Elder) on Wednesday 19th May 2004 at 10:30 a.m. The Lodge was well represented.)

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