Bro David Selbie (Eulogy)

Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge, No.4

We meet at 7pm on the 3rd Wednesday of October, November, December, February, March and April. Our Installation meeting is held at 5.30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of January.

Our meetings are held at Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH

Visitors are always made most welcome.

Brother David Selbie PM, died on Saturday 28th February 2015. David was our most Senior Past Master and the following text is the extract from the minute of our Regular Meeting held on Wed 18th March 2015;

The Master intimated the passing of Bro. David Selbie PM and a Past SPGM. The following eulogy was

given by Bro. Graeme Campbell IPM.

“This must be one of the very few times in the past 65 years that David has not been present and his

absence really makes us appreciate what we have all lost. He was a greatly loved Brother and friend some

might even say an institution in the Lodge whom we will miss terribly.

I was related to David through marriage. My sibling Brother Craig, being married to his daughter Ann.

David was my proposer into Freemasonry and a constant guide and source of encouragement (and criticism

when necessary) throughout my 35 years of Masonic life. Many of you were present at his funeral a week

past on Saturday and will have seen the incredible biography printed in the funeral programme. Apart from

being a hugely successful businessman and devoted family man, David was a member of so many clubs,

societies, organisations and institutions and he reached the “top”, so to speak, of them all.

His greatest love apart from his family was this wonderful old Lodge of ours. His life was guided by Masonic

principles and he greatly valued the companionship, camaraderie and work of No.4. He also re-wrote most of

the ritual which we use to this day.

He joined the Lodge in 1949 and was Master in 1960 during our 225th year. He was the youngest Master

ever and led the celebrations with alacrity and distinction. Although not Master, he went through a similar

process in 1985 our 250th Year.

He was supportive, loyal, opinionated and extremely kind hearted. He was always first to offer praise and

constructive advice after any mishap and he always congratulated anyone whom he had criticised when they

went on to get it right.

Over the last 65 years, the Lodge could easily have been renamed “Glasgow Kilwinning Lodge – David

Selbie” such was his impact and value to us. As I said before you don’t really know what you’ve lost ‘till it’s

gone. Rest in peace David we will never see your like again and we will miss you and think fondly of you


The Brethren stood for a minute in silence as a mark of respect for Bro. David Selbie PM.

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