George Alfred Packwood was an Estate Agent and Auctioneer and a prominent Salford Freemason.
He was born in 1836 in Risley, Bedford. In 1859 he married Emma Richardson (born 1833 at Spondon, Derby) at St Paul's Church, Kersal. Their children were George (born 1860 and married Jane Bailey at Salford Ascension in 1883), Emma Elizabeth (born 1862 and died 20th December 1869 aged 7 years and 11 months), Lucy Ann (born 1864 and died 2nd April 1887 aged 22), Frederick William (born 1866 and married Annie Jenkins at Christ Church, Bradford, Manchester in 1892), Agnes Jane (born 1867), Albert Edward (born 1869 and died 13th August 1871 aged 1 year and 10 months), Ada (born 1871 and died 26th February 1878 aged 4), Florence Grace (born 1874), Edith (born 1877 and married William T Dye at St Thomas' Pendleton in 1907) and Alfred (also born 1877).
The 1881 census reveals that the family was living at 28 Hampson Street, Salford. George Alfred was aged 44 and an Estate Agent and Emma was 47. Son George was aged 20 and a Solicitors Clerk, Lucy was 17, Frederick was 15 and Clerk to Estate Agent, Agnes was 13, Florence was 6, Edith was 5 and Alfred was 4. George's wife Emma died on 19th March 1885 aged 52 and George died six years later at Salford Royal Hospital, on 31st January 1891, aged 54.
He was well known locally, especially amongst Freemasons, having been Worthy Master of Zetland Lodge in 1875 and PPGADC. Consequently, many Freemasons attended his Funeral which was held on 5th February 1891. The coffin was conveyed from the Masonic Temple on the Crescent to the church of St Barnabas, Pendleton where a special service was conducted by Rev Alfred George BA. Amongst the mourners were Brothers J.W. Booth (WM), C.H. Wheeler (PM), Thomas Pike (PM), J.A. Woolley (IPM), Walter Lea (PM), John Blackwell, W.H. Wood, A.W. Sidebottom, R.B. Robinson, Mark Baxter, W. Riddell, J. Illingworth, W. Sherlock, W. Egan and Councillor Griffiths. The Oddfellows were represented by John Williams (Grand Master), the Deputy Grand Master and Mr Darwell (Secretary). At Weaste Cemetery, the coffin was borne by four Freemasons, brothers Booth, Wheeler, Woolley and Pike to plot B18 of the Church of England portion where he was interred.