Over 8,000 raise a glass to toast the late Rodney Bass OBE who spent a lifetime in public service in Essex
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 August 2020
Over 8,000 take part in the 9pm toast remembering the late Rodney Bass OBE.
Over 8,000 people gathered online for a 9pm toast to remember the late Rodney Bass OBE on the evening of his funeral.
Essex Freemasons were unable to attend the funeral because of Covid-19 restrictions.
But they wanted to show final respects to Mr Bass, the former Essex County Council chairman and Provincial Grand Master of the Essex Freemasons.
Paul Reeves, Deputy Provincial Master, who has now taken responsibility for Freemasonry in the county, said: “We chose 9pm for the final toast as this is a special time for Freemasons worldwide when we traditionally toast absent brethren.
“We believe this could be the biggest ever online toast in the history of Freemasonry and it is a fitting tribute to a man who was very much loved and respected by Masons in Essex and in every other part of the country.”
Mr Bass spent a lifetime in public service before he died of cancer.
In 2018 he led a Freemasons fundraising drive in Essex which raised £250,000 for the activity centre at Skreens Park, Chelmsford.
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