Frank Ott, born January 5 1922, died January 30 2022
We remember W Bro Frank Ott, who at the February meeting of Pilgrims Lodge, was presented with his 70 year certificate by the PGM, David Medlock, to mark the anniversary of his joining his first lodge in 1950. Frank was determined to make it to 100 and was delighted to receive a card from the queen, and of course the PGM.
After the war Frank joined the newly consecrated Principia Lodge as its first candidate, His brother being in the chair as its first WM, and he became Master in 1960. He joined the university of Birmingham lodge in 1957, and became master in 1973. On becoming bursar of Bristol University he then joined Forrest of Mendip lodge in 1976, followed by Pilgrims Lodge in 1993.
As a Companion of the Holy Royal Arch he was also promoted to PPADC In Warwickshire and PPGSwB In Somerset.
Frank was a Fleet Air Arm observer and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) for his part in the sinking of the Japanese cruiser Haguro in May 1945.
A husband to Rita, and a true gentleman, who lived Respected, and has now passed to the grand lodge above deeply Regretted
There is a very interesting obituary in the Telegraph, which can be read here (this requires a subscription). Also, the atricle on the presentation of his 70th certificate, which also includes some of Frank’s backgrond can be read here