Malcolm Lifton

Caledonia Lodge Nº 68

After a long illness, bravely borne, Malcolm sadly passed to the Grand Lodge above in January 2008.

Originally a member of Old Tower Lodge No.49 Malcolm later became a founder member of Caledonia Lodge No.68. He remained with both Lodges for many years and served as Worshipful Master in them both.

To help raise the funds necessary to finance the creation of Caledonia Lodge, Malcolm, together with his wife Cynthia, held numerous garden parties in their home. In those early days internet shopping was unheard of and the postal service not as reliable as it is today so Malcolm put his talents to good use and built many of the working items that were required by the new Lodge. There are still items to be found in Caledonia´s store that bear his initials.

Malcolm and Cynthia established the Caledonia Thistle Dining Club which is still going strong today in the guise of The Thistle Club. The idea behind the Club was to bring Lodge members and their families together in relaxed informal surroundings to enjoy a meal and each other’s company whilst at the same time raising funds for the Lodge and help with the purchase of Sociedad Compás where the Lodges in the Torrevieja area meet.

As Lodge Secretary for a great many years Malcolm ensured that Caledonia Lodge ran smoothly and efficiently. He was a great advocate of LOIs and led by example with his excellent ritual skills which always gave new masons a high standard to aspire to. His legacy is the high standard of work still performed by Caledonia Lodge today.

Masonry in Spain was in its very early days in the 1990s and Malcolm dedicated his time to three Orders, the Craft, Royal Arch Chapter and the Order of the Secret Monitor which he was instrumental in bringing to the Torrevieja area.

In his role as a Provincial Grand Officer he was a credit to freemasonry and his Assistant Provincial Grand Master’s chain and Patent of Appointment were donated by his widow to Caledonia Lodge who proudly display them in Sociedad Compás.