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Corinthian Lodge News.

Farewell to Bro. Colin Smith, PPrGChStwd.

Colin Smith

It was with great sadness that the Lodge learned of the Passing to the GL Above of Bro. Colin Smith, PPrGChStwd in April.  Below is a eulogy to Colin from W.Bro. Peter R Champion, PPrGSuptWks.

I will remember Colin as a work colleague, Brother in Freemasonry and above all as a trusted and loyal friend for over 50 years.

Colin – or “Col”, “Smudger”, “The Big Man” or just plain “Smithy” – and I joined the construction company of R J Barwick & Sons Ltd within a couple of years of each other in the mid 1960s and retired on the same day – 30th June 2007 – both having completed over 40 years service.   Colin started as a carpenter, quickly rose to the position of Site Manager then progressing to Contract Planner and eventually to Contracts Manager.  He was justly proud of his achievements in his working life and was associated with many fine buildings throughout the Kent area.  We shared many trips on site visits and meetings and unfortunately acquired a reputation for getting lost – no sat navs or mobile phones in the early days!  Nothing amused him more than to see me on site on a cold, wet or snowy day – far away from my usual comfortable surroundings – and he would delight in recalling my distress in later life!

Being a true country lad he had a great understanding of people and was an excellent communicator with everyone around him.  Never one to suffer fools gladly but always willing to share his vast knowledge of the construction process to those eager to learn.  There were many young Architects and Surveyors across the county who benefited from a quiet word of advice or one of his famous sketches to overcome the obvious gaps in their building knowledge.

We enjoyed many years of good hearted banter and Colin was always pointing out that “he carried me for forty years” to which I always replied “bearing in mind our relative sizes it was a good job it was not the other way round!”