It is with great sadness that we record the death of RW Bro. Dr Roeinton Khambatta, Master of QC in 2000, Prestonian Lecturer for 2007, and an Honorary Member of the Lodge. Roeinton died peacefully in his sleep on 19 December 2018, aged 94.
Roeinton was born in 1924 and made a mason in Lodge Zoroaster (SC). In 1965 he joined Lodge Faith No 2438 (EC). That lodge then met in Karachi in the District of Punjab and was his father’s and grandfather’s lodge. Five years later Roeinton was installed as District Grand Master and Grand Superintendent of Pakistan, holding those offices until his resignation in 1976 following the banning of freemasonry by the government of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.
Roeinton moved to London where he practised as a Consultant Cardiologist until his retirement, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh, and an Emeritus Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians. He was not only active in London masonry but also in the Provinces of Suffolk, Hertfordshire, and Worcestershire, in all of which he held the rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. In total, Roeinton was a member of 16 lodges and 8 chapters under the EC, and in 1988/9 served as a Grand Steward on the nomination of Lodge of Felicity No. 58, and was the President of his Board. He was awarded the Order of Service to Masonry in 2012.
In addition to membership of many other orders, the 32° was conferred on Roeinton in the Valley of Washington, D.C., on 20 May 2010. He will be missed by many.
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