M. Ven. Bro. Halliday sent along this news—
Most Venerable Brother William Robert James Laycock, SGC, Past Sovereign Grand Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees of Canada passed peacefully to the Grand Lodge Above at the age of 73 on June 29, 2017 at Victoria Hospital, London from complications due to COPD and Pulminary Fibrosis resulting from a life of smoking and working in toxic environments.
Mr. Laycock leaves his daughter, Mrs. Julie Helka of Belmont, ON; sister, Mrs. Violet Streeter of Garden City, MI; his adopted nieces and nephew, Miss Lorraine Hatch and Miss Stephanie Hatch both of Redbridge, ON and Mr. Owen Hill of Huntsville, ON and all his friends and Masonic Brethren of his many lodges across Canada.
William thanks his neighbours and the wonderful doctors and dedicated nurses at Victoria Hospital for their kindly and competent care and apologizes if he gave them a hard time.
A Masonic Service, to which everyone is invited will be held at the Hammond Lodge Hall, 21996 Hagerty Road in Wardsville, ON by members of Hammond Lodge #327 on Saturday, July 8 at 2pm.
We have also learned today [Friday, 30 June 2017] of the passing of M. Ven. Bro. William F. Leipert in Moose Jaw on June 26.