Eugen Ulrich Schwalm

Arenal Deportiva Lodge Nº65

It was with great sadness that our dear Brother Ulrich Schwalm passed to the Grand Lodge Above on the 10th of November 2019.

He was a member of Arenal Deportiva Lodge Nº65 and Marina Alta Installed Master’s Lodge  Nº144.  Our sympathies and condolences go out to Karin his wife, his children, and to the other members of his family

John William Harvey

Old Tower Nº49

Worshipful Brother John William Harvey was a much respected and valued member of this Province and the Grand Lodge of Spain who passed the the Grand Lodge above on the 19th of May 2019.

As well as being a Past Master of the Old Tower Lodge No.49 John was a member of the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.154 and he was very active in his support of the Province and Grand Lodge events where he could always be called upon to support the sound system as well as ceremonial duties.

John enjoyed a highly successful career in the support and maintenance of military aircraft spending a number of years in the Middle East where he was highly noted for his ability to train and develop younger Engineers.

Following he and his wife Carol settling in Spain, John became a member of Old Tower No.49 in July 2007 and was active in his support of the Lodge through a number of Offices and eventually being Installed into the Chair of King Solomon in 2015.  John was also very active in the Holy Royal Arch and a number of Progressive Orders. Becoming a Provincial Grand Steward in 2012 John was very active in his support of Provincial activities, skills that were also enjoyed by the Grand Lodge of Spain for all of their functions. An active Charity Steward in the Lodge, John also supported the charitable activities of the Province and held the Rank of Assistant Prov. G. Charity Steward.

The passing of John is felt not only by his Lodge but by Spanish Freemasonry in general and our dearest sympathies are with his wife Carol and sons Carl and Jon.

Jacob Seur

De Triangel Nº169

Jacob (Jaap) passed to the Grand Lodge above on the 4th of December 2018

Jacob Seur, Born 11 July 1931 in Rotterdam .

His father was a police officer and his mother took care of the family, two girls and two boys.  Jaap completed his study as accountant and in 1954 decides to join his fiancé in Australia.  This relation was not meant to be.  1959 Jaap met Rietje his lifelong love.

In Australia, Jaap worked for Mobil oil as a purchasing manager of everything that had to do with oil, from barrel to tap and everything in between, privately Jaap owned a landscape gardening company .

Mobil planned to appoint Jaap at Papua new Guinea  however Jaap possessed a Dutch passport and the Dutch were not welcome there in those days.  In 1970 Mobil assigned him to the Netherlands where Jaap lived and worked until 1995 then in 1996 they moved to Spain.  They build a house in Javea and joined the Dutch and golf club.  In the recent years they lived in Benidorm, Ciudad Patricia.

Jaap became a mason in Australia and reminisced  over the strong bonds between brethren.  Jaap was a man of great integrity, he loved to bring his family together but also connecting us, he was proud and modest to be a mason.

My acquaintance with Jaap  started in the lodge.

Jaap was the first male brother with whom I went arm in arm Wednesday evening and as we entered the steps of the lodge.  The fun was that we both could laugh, with my broken knees and Jaap’s straining of the years, and so we went to the lodges for a few years with great pleasure.

Jaap, it was a honour to have known you and I can confidently promise you however divided the brother sometimes are at the end we all go East and who knows, maybe we meet again.  Goodbye.


Translation of the eulogy as  presented by Bro. Willem van der Linde.

Derek Guyett

Javea Nº40

Sadly, the 11th of November 2018 marked the passing of W.Bro. Derek Guyett to the Grand Lodge above.

Derek and myself were very close pals for some 30yrs. At the time of our first meeting in June 1988, Derek was still working and he and his lady Marie, used to visit Javea for 2 or 3 weeks in the spring and autumn.

After I was Initiated into Javea 40 in March 1991, he asked many questions about Freemasonry, to which my stock answer was “I can’t tell you that”. However, when Logia Deportiva was consecrated in October 1994, they decided that, as most of the local Lodges held their annual Ladies Festival in the autumn between September and November, they would hold theirs in May.  This coincided with Derek and Marie’s regular visits to Javea and I invited them to their first Ladies Night, which they thoroughly enjoyed, and that became an annual event every May, until Derek retired to Spain at the end of 2001.

The first thing he asked me after he retired was, “when are you going to invite me into the Masons?”. I replied “I’m not”. “why?” he asked, because you don’t get invited, you have to ask, which he immediately did and Eric Burton was only too pleased to Second him. He was Initiated into Javea 40 on 22nd May 2002, Passed in May 2003 and in the October, still only a Fellowcraft, he became Javea 40’s Charity Steward. He was Raised in May 2004. In May 2006, he was promoted to PGStwd becoming a Founder of the Lodge and in February 2008, he was promoted again, to PAGChStwd, which he held for 3 years.

Coming to Masonry later in life, Derek struggled with the learning of Ritual, although he always did his very best, and that’s all you can ask of him. But on the social side, he excelled. In the six years that he was Javea 40’s Charity Steward, he raised many thousands of euros for the Lodge’s charities, in the many functions that he and Marie organised, they worked as a team and that was recognised by Province. To have a Junior Brother holding an active rank in Province was a rarity.

He was Installed in the Chair of King Solomon in Puerto de Javea Lodge 58, his second affiliation, in October 2012.

My wife Pat once asked him, just after he was Passed, how was he getting on in Freemasonry. His response was, that all his life he has been looking for something to believe in – and now he’d found it. That statement says it all.

The passing of Derek is a great loss to Javea 40, to this Province and to Freemasonry in general. It has also left a gap in my life, which will take a long time to heal.

W.Bro. Derick Wait