Alex McAdam McDowall was a very busy mason
Alexander McAdam McDowall was born 13 October 1929 at No 5 (Bob Brown another member of Charterhouse at No 9) a native of Ayrshire.
At 14yrs. he worked at Polquhairn Colliery as a coal miner, no mean feat for a lankie lad of some 6’+ when the seams of coal in places had only clearance of 2'6" to 4’. In those days rock cost money to bring to the surface to be disposed of which meant inadequate roads and plenty of foul air. After approx. 3 1/2 yrs. he decided an easier way of living was felling trees.
In 1948 he was conscripted into the army for 2 yrs. and posted to EGYPT with the MILITARY POLICE on National Service for King and Country where he was quickly promoted to sergeant. It was there that he met his wife Vivien who was serving as a "Redcap", they were married for over 65 years. They soon had a lovely family Ian (and his wife Jennie) and Alison and two granddaughters Victoria and Eleanor. He was a very proud and happy granddad.
On leaving the army he joined the Police in Coventry in 1951. It was around this time as a young Police Officer that he became a Mason in Scotland, he was initiated into his Mother Lodge 18 June 1956. He served in the Midlands for the next 33 years, attaining the rank of Chief Superintendent in charge of Training for the West Midlands.
In 1982 he was chosen to go to Singapore and redesign and define Police Training Methods which I believe are adhered to, to the end.
Through much of his time in Coventry he was a member of The Coventry and District Caledonian Society, President three times and the Secretary for 14 years which thrived during this time. He was responsible for bringing the International Burns Conference to Coventry in 1971 when more than 560 delegates attended a conference from all over the world at Warwick University.
He retired from the Police Service in 1984 and was then appointed to work in the Personnel Security Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - a post he held for 10 year, up to retirement in 1994. He excelled himself in the interesting aspect of national security, a post he enjoyed most of all and that took him all over the country.
In 1994 he finally tried to retire . . . when his Masonic Career really took off.
Alex died peacefully at Coundon Manor care home in Coventry on Sunday 24th August at 12.15 followed by his lovely wife Vivien 3 weeks later at 7pm on Friday 12 September 2014.