Hugh Gorton (1925-2012)

Hugh Gorton's long service to Masonry and the Scout movement.

Born in Lower Walton in 1925, Hugh attended Stockton Lodge Primary School and then Manchester Grammar School where he passed the Higher School Certificate. He then went on to Durham University at King's College, Newcastle.
He worked for the family firm of Edward Gorton Limited at Woolston and at their subsidiary factory Gelatine Products at Frodsham as manager. In his spare time he enjoyed skating and appeared all over the country with the Altrincham Ice Dance Team.
Hugh joined the Scout movement at Manchester Grammar School in 1937 and in the fullness of time became patrol leader of the Eagle Patrol of which he was a member until 1943. He was Assistant Scout Master of the 25th Warrington Troup from 1943 to 1950 when he became Scout Master, a post he held until 1957 when he was promoted to Group Scout Master. In 1964 he was again promoted, this time to Assistant Camp Chief of the South West Lancashire Training Team, becoming Deputy Camp Chief and Assistant County Commissioner in charge of leader training in 1967. In 1972 he became the acting Deputy County Commissioner and in 1974 the County Commissioner for Cheshire, post he held until 1984. Hugh was the catering manager at the Godollo sub-camp at the Jubilee Jamboree in Sutton Coalfield in 1957.
In 1958 the Scout movement honoured him with the Medal of Merit. He received the Silver Acorn in 1970 and the Bar to the Silver Acorn in 1978.
A member of St Wilfrid's Church of England congregation, he is a trustee of the Warrington Church of England Educational Trust and a governor of Woolston Church of England Primary School.
From 1965 to 1975 Hugh was a Commissioner of Income Tax and was part of the Lord Lieutenant's Advisory Committee.
He joined Ashmole Lodge in January, 1948 and served as WM in 1960. He received the Provincial Rank of PPrJGD in 1975. He was a founder member of Arrowhead Lodge No 8500 and served as Chaplain from its formation until 1973. He was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge in 2006. He is a member of several other Masonic degrees.
Hugh married Rosalie Billington in 1949 and they have two children, Edward Clifton Gorton and Vanessa Joy Gorton (now Carmen).

Hugh Gorton will be able to raise a glass to fellow members of Ashmole Lodge No 5128 to thank them for the special celebration they arranged to mark his 60 years as a Freemason. In addition to the commemorative certificate from the Provincial Grand Master, presented to him by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dennis Rudd, to mark his 60th anniversary there was another big surprise for Hugh when he was promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works. The Lodge presented Hugh with a selection of wine to mark the special anniversary. - 1 Jan 2008.


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