© Newtownards District No.4

WOR BRO DAVID CARGO (1927-2017)


by Jack Greenald


The members of Newtownards District LOL No 4 were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Wor Bro David Cargo who died on 28th June 2017, aged 89.


He was born on 21th September 1927 - the 132nd anniversary of the Battle of the Diamond - and joined the Junior Orange Lodge 131 in Newtownards in 1939.


At age 16 he joined Dalzell Memorial LOL 1951. The following year he transferred his membership to his father’s lodge, Rising Sons of William LOL 240, where he remained a member for the rest of his life.


David 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.


As the archivist of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland he, along with the late Wor Bro Cecil Kilpatrick, organised the archive collection of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland during the 1990s, 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’ on ‘The Early Institution and its Military Connections’, a 'History of Ards Chosen Few RBP 290', ‘Brotherhoods in Newtownards in the 20th Century’, and he co-authored ‘The History of the Royal Arch Purple Order’ in 1994.  A former trustee of Newtownards Orange Hall, he had written an unpublished history of Newtownards Orange Hall.


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.


David was laid to rest on 1st July in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.