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Farewell, Brother Gerald

December 27th, 2006

What do these American Presidents share in common?

George Washington – 1st President of the United States
James Madison – 4th President of the United States
James Monroe – 5th President of the United States
Andrew Jackson – 7th President of the United States
James K. Polk – 11th President of the United States
James Buchanan – 15th President of the United States
Andrew Johnson – 17th President of the United States
James A. Garfield – 20th President of the United States
William McKinley – 25th President of the United States
Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States
William Howard Taft – 27th President of the United States
Warren G. Harding – 29th President of the United States
Franklin D. Roosevelt – 32nd President of the United States
Harry S Truman – 33rd President of the United States
Lyndon B. Johnson – 36th President of the United States (Entered Apprentice)
Gerald R. Ford – 38th President of the United States

They were all Freemasons. And the last and oldest living among them, Gerald R. Ford, had just died at the age of 93.

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My Brethren, the roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of the Craft and with them he has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluities of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building — that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has sought admission to the Celestial Lodge above.

Brother GERALD RUDOLPH FORD
Born: July 14, 1913 Omaha, Nebraska

His Masonic Record:

Initiated: September 30, 1949, Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with his half-brothers Thomas Gardner Ford (1918-1995), Richard Addison Ford (1924-) and James Francis Ford (1927- ). The Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees were Conferred by Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C., on April 20 and May 18, 1951, as a courtesy to Malta Lodge. Brother Ford was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, and Honorary Member, Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Northern Jurisdiction at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, on September 26, 1962, for which he served as Exemplar (Representative) for his Class. Brother and President Ford was unanimously elected an Active Member of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay and its Honorary Grand Master, at its Annual Session held at Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 1975; Brother Ford held this post until January 1977, at which time he became a Past Honorary Grand Master, receiving his Collar and Jewel on October 24, 1978 in Topeka, Kansas, from the Hon. Thomas C. Raum, Jr., Grand Master, Order of DeMolay.

Departed: December 26, 2006

Farewell Brother Gerald,Travel Well, Travel light. Someday we will be meeting you in the Grand Assembly of all faithful workmen and servants of the Great Architect of the Universe, presided by Him, in the Celestial Lodge above. Amen. So Mote it Be.

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