In Memory of Henry Masters
Name: Henry Masters
Spouse: Avril Masters
Birth Date: July 16, 1926
Ascension Date: May 23, 2020
Our beloved brother Henry Masters ascended to the spirit world on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the age of 93. He leaves behind his wife Avril, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Henry was dearly loved by True Parents, and Father saw Henry as the “true English gentleman.” Upon his passing, True Mother wrote a beautiful calligraphy for Henry whom she would affectionately call, “Henly.” The calligraphy reads: 조국광복필승봉신대표자 “The Representative who contributed to the liberation and absolute victory of Heaven’s homeland.”
The Seonghwa Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM BST (6:00 AM EST) at the UK National Wonjeon at the Holy Oak Memorial Ground in Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire. Due to current restrictions that service is only open to family and a few friends, but there will be an online memorial service the following day, Wednesday, June 10 scheduled for 4:00 PM BST (11:00 AM EST).
Henry and his wife Avril met the Unification Church movement in the early 1970s and very quickly realized this was a path they had to follow. Despite coming from a very wealthy and well-established background that had developed over many generations they were moved by the story of Jesus where he spoke about a rich man who should sell everything he had to follow Jesus. Henry and Avril decided to donate their entire estate and fortune to the Messiah and follow True Parents unconditionally. The story of his life is the subject of the recent short movie, “The Eye of the Needle,” which can be accessed on the FFWPU UK website at familyfed.co.uk/our-history/
Before long Henry went to the United States where he joined a 120-day training course and later stayed on as a gardener at Belvedere. Back in England, Henry became a driver for True Father in his 1978 visit. It was towards the end of True Parents’ time in London that Father asked him to go back to America and set up the boat building business, Master Marine. He was later joined by Avril and they remained in the USA until 2007 when they returned to the UK. Throughout those intervening years, Henry spent time in many parts of the USA supporting True Father in setting up and developing the boat building business. Henry will be greatly missed by all those who knew him but where a bright light has gone out in this world so we can be sure that another bright light has just been lit in the next.
May God bless and guide Henry in his new home and may he be eternally at peace.
If you would like to make a donation for the family, please do so at:
Michael & Fumiko Balcomb
Regional Group Chair, FFWPU Europe & the Middle East
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM BST (6:00 AM EST)