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Bryan Ward presented 50-year medal in Freemasonry

  • R.W. Bro. Bryan E. Ward was presented with the 50-year Veterans Medal in a ceremony Thursday evening at North Quabbin Lodge A.F & A.M. Presenting the award was R.W. Bro. Donald “Jack” McKinnon, District Deputy Grand Master for the 26th Masonic District. Left-to-right — R.W. Bro McKinnon, R.W. Bro. Ward, and Wor. Bro. Niles M. Larson, Master of North Quabbin Lodge. Photo by Jared Robinson



Staff Writer
Monday, February 12, 2018

ATHOL — At a ceremony surrounded by brothers, Right Worshipful Brother Bryan E. Ward of Phillipston was presented with the 50-year Veteran’s Medal at a regular communication of North Quabbin Lodge A.F. & A.M.

Ward was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in February 1968 and just four years later was elected Master of the now defunct Star Lodge, a feat that takes most Freemasons nearly a decade to accomplish. He was again elected Master of Star Lodge in 1978.

For the past 25 consecutive years, Ward has served as the Secretary; first to Star Lodge at a time when there were two Masonic lodges in town, then to the combined Star-Athol Lodge, then to North Quabbin Lodge, which was first chartered in 2007 when Orange and Star-Athol lodges merged.

He is also a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Barre 13th District, and a recipient of the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, which is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts at the time of the Revolutionary War. Dr. Warren gave his life in service to his country and his craft at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Before a Mason can receive the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service, a Master of the Lodge must first write a letter of recommendation to the Grand Master in Boston, following which an investigation is conducted to determine if the Brother recommended is truly worthy of the prestigious award.

The 50-year Veteran’s Medal was presented to Ward Thursday by R.W. Bro. Donald “Jack” McKinnon, District Deputy Grand Master for the 26th Masonic District, who was making a Fraternal visit to the Lodge.

The other business of the night was the passing of brother Anthony Lukas Redgrave to the degree of Fellow Craft by Wor. Bro. Niles M. Larson, Master of North Quabbin Lodge. Brother Redgrave was first accepted into the ranks of Free and Accepted Masons last October.


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