W. Bro. Colin Leslie Kneen PM ~ Director of Ceremonies
1949 - 2009
Colin with his brother Geoff on his left and Masonic friends on the Ferry
Colin Leslie Kneen was born on 21 May 1949 in Liverpool. He was the son of an accountant, who sadly passed away at the age of 42, when Colin was 12 years old. After attending the Liverpool Institute Grammar School, he worked as a telephone engineer for Plessey Communications. In 1968 he met his wife-to-be, Christine, with whom he shared a lovely life. They were married in 1970 and were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Naomi and Heidi, both of whom were very special to him and he loved so dearly. They in turn had two children each. Naomi's are Caitlin and Kara, Heidi's are Sam and Grace. Colin was especially proud of Caitlin, who is pursuing a hobby of athletics, both at the Scotland School of Sport and socially. He was convinced that Kara is a budding mathematician, and she is starting to shine academically at school. Sam and Grace are only 6 and 3 years old, but are already turning into lovely children. All of the things that Colin achieved in life could not have been done without the amazing strength of and support of Christine. He could not have asked for a better wife.

He joined the Merseyside Police in 1975 and commenced what he felt was the best career of his life. He received two awards for bravery. The first, whilst off duty, was for disarming and arresting a man who was stabbing a girl in the chest with a knife, and the second for entering a burning house in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, where it was believed children were trapped. Fortunately, there were no fatalities at either incident. He earned rapid promotion to the rank of Sergeant in 1981 and was subsequently heavily involved in the policing of the 1981 Toxteth riots. In 1985 he was the victim of a major attack by a mob of football supporters, which ended the career he loved so much.

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