Newtownards District LOL no. 4

The governing body of 12 Orange lodges in Newtownards, County Down

Bro David Cargo

The District paid tribute to one of our most distinguished brethren, the late Bro David Cargo snr, with the unveiling of his portrait in Newtownards Orange Hall in June 2019.

the portrait of Wor Bro David Cargo

In the presence of family members, including Mrs Cargo, District Master Mark McDonald regaled those present on Bro Cargo’s illustrious career in the loyal orders and shared some personal memories of the well respected member of LOL 240.

Bro Cargo held office at every level in the Loyal Orange Institution and the Royal Arch Purple Institution. In the Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland he was an Honorary Deputy Grand Master of Ireland and a Past Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

He was well known as an authority on the history of the Order, both locally and in the wider movement, keeping great archives and was always willing to give advice and information to anyone doing research into Orange history.

He published a number of booklets and articles on the history of the Loyal Orders, including a chapter in ‘Battles Beyond the Boyne’. A strong supporter of the establishment of the Museum of Orange Heritage at Schomberg House, he became the first chairman of the ‘Friends of Schomberg House’.

When the Newtownards Orange District Choir was established he became an enthusiastic member, attending all the practices with his warm sense of humour adding to the fellowship within the choir. Indeed, his choral inclinations were remembered at the portrait unveiling, as a quartet of Newtownards brethren sang in his honour.

Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge, Rev Ron Johnstone, led a tribute of behalf of the senior body to those present. The stunning portrait was unveiled by the District Master.

Bro Cargo, whose time in the Orange family spanned over 70 years, passed away on 28th June 2017, aged 89. His family name lives on in the ranks of the local order.

With thanks to Mark McDonald and Jack Greenald

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