It is with immense sadness that we announce that Dr Roeinton Burjor Framji Khambatta left us on 19 December 2018 for higher service at the age of 94.

He was born in September 1924 and after masonic service in Pakistan where he was District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent from 1970 to 1976, when he resigned after Freemasonry was made illegal by the Government. He moved to London and continued to practise as a Consultant Cardiologist for many years until retirement; he also pursued an active masonic career not only in London but also in the Provinces of Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Worcestershire, in all of which he held the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden.

At differing times he was a member of 16 Lodges and 8 Chapters under the English Constitution and served in the Chair of very many of them and was the senior subscribing Past Master of Jubilee Masters Lodge No 2712. In 1998-89 he served as a Grand Steward on the nomination of Lodge of Felicity No 58, and was President of his Board. He was a long-standing member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076, the Premier Lodge of Masonic Research, becoming its Master in 2000. As a further distinction he was the Prestonian Lecturer for 2007, taking as his subject “The Grand Secretaries 1813-1980”.

He was also active in many other Orders, most notably as a former Provincial Grand Master for London in the Mark degree. He was awarded the Order of Service to Masonry in March 2012. As an elder masonic statesman he holds a special place in the affections of many brethren, not least in our Chapter; his passing from our midst will leave us much the poorer yet his shining example will undoubtedly live on in our hearts until we too are summoned to that Sublime Lodge above and join him surrounded by all the joys and glories of an Eternal Sabbath.