The Constitution & Dedication of the Grand Council of Knight Masons took place in June, 1923, in Dublin, Ireland. Therefore, as the Centenary is due to take place in 2023, and to be celebrated worldwide, plans will commence later this year.
Most Excellent Sir Knight Michael J. Ward.
This Eulogy was delivered by
Venerable Sir Knight Charles W. Olden
It is with very deep sorrow and regret that the Grand Council of Knight Masons announces the passing of our highly esteemed and respected member, Michael James Ward, having loyally and graciously served this great Order for some fifty-five years Michael, as he was affectionally known, passed away suddenly but peacefully on 12th April last.
Michael, who was a devoted family man, was a keen horticulturalist, specialising in the cultivation of prize winning daffodils. Michael, who regularly supported his church was, in addition to his Masonic commitments, a member of Kilternan Country Markets for many years.
He was initiated into Masonry in 1963 and in the following years he attained high office in all branches in Masonry in the Irish Constitution and served as Supreme Grand King of the Most Excellent and Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ireland for eleven years, prior to his passing. He also held several honorary ranks.
His knowledge and expertise in the field of Masonry was invaluable to Grand Council and the Masonic Brotherhood, both in the Irish Constitution and abroad.
The pinnacles of Michael’s Masonic journey could be briefly described as follows:
Craft: Senior Grand Warden in Grand Lodge.
Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Ireland:
Past Deputy Grand King and Most Excellent and Supreme Grand King.
Grand Council of Knight Masons:
Venerable Grand Knight Mason;
Most Excellent Great Chief (Honorary).
Order of the Temple: Knight Commander of the Temple.
Grand Chapter of Prince Masons: Past Grand Senior Warden.
Supreme Council 33 ͦ: Grand Chamberlain.
The funeral service for Michael was held on 16th April last in Kill O’The Grange Parish Church, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and the huge turnout on that occasion was a fitting tribute to a wonderful man and Mason. The internment later that day was conducted in a ceremony in Kilternan Cemetery Park, Dublin, Ireland.
In closing, we in the Grand Council of Knight Masons, will miss his friendship and company, but it is said that to live on in the hearts of those left behind is not to die. We will remember a man and a Mason who truly has left his footprint in the sands of Irish Masonry.
Venerable Sir Knight Douglas L. Jordan.
The Eulogy was delivered by M.E. Sir Knight William R. Miller, M.E. Great Chief GCKM – USA.
Douglas Lawrence Jordan was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on 25th January1930. He was the son of Coast Guard Commander, Chester L. Jordan and Clara I. Harris. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and was then commissioned an Ensign in the United States Coast Guard. Following two years of active duty, he continued with a second career as a “weekend warrior” with the Coast Guard Reserve in Massachusetts, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles and retired as a Commander in 1990 after nearly 40 years’ service, which included command of the Coast Guard Reserve unit in North Hollywood, California.
On release from active duty in 1955, he taught school briefly and then started with the Rand Corporation in 1957 as a computer programmer. He retired in 1988 after working on the design and development of a number of computerised military C3 systems. He then did consulting work until he finally retired in 1995.
In 1953 he married Nancy Catherine Nevins of Kalamazoo, Michigan and they were blessed with four daughters, and three grandchildren.
He was raised a Master Mason in Oceanside Lodge No. 381 in California in 1976. He served as Master of Herndon Lodge and Virginia Lodge of Research, High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter No 55 and Commander of Commandery No. 26 and also served as a District Deputy for each of these. He was a member of the Alexandria Bodies of the A. & A. Scottish Rite and Kena Shrine Temple. In 1998-1999 he served as Grand High Priest of Virginia, encouraging all to “Share the Spirit”.
He served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Fairfax Assembly No 3, IORG, as a member of the Charter board of Commander William L. Herndon Chapter, Order of DeMolay and as Associate Bethel Guardian of Bethel 52, JDI. As a member of Herndon Chapter #55, Order of the Eastern Star, he was proud to have served as Worthy Patron with three Past Honoured Queens and Past Bethel Guardians of Bethel No.52.
He served as the Grand Scribe (Grand Secretary) of the Grand Council of Knight Masons of the U.S.A. for 17 years and the Deputy Grand Governor of Virginia for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.
Douglas was a member of Pender United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir, serving in various offices and participating in Bible studies, always finding ways to continue to grow in faith and serve his Lord. Douglas passed away on the 10th May 2018 leaving many friends and family to mourn his passing.
He very much enjoyed his many visits to the Grand Council of Knight Masons.
The Stated Installation Meeting of Hamilton Council of Knight Masons, No. 067 (Constituted & Dedicated 1960), Hong Kong, GCKM Province of Leinster & Overseas, was attended by the M.E. Great Chief and a number of Grand Officers from Ireland and several other lands on Monday 9th January, 2017. The visit to Hong Kong included a number of significant Masonic occasions.
ERIN Council of Knight Masons, No. 113, for the GCKM Province of Leinster & Overseas, was Constituted & Dedicated by the M.E. Great Chief and his team, on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017, at the Freemasons’ Hall, Coleman Street, Singapore.
ADELPHI Council of Knight Masons, No. 118, for the GCKM Province of Leinster & Overseas, was Constituted & Dedicated by the M.E. Great Chief and his team, on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017, at the Freemasons’ Hall, Coleman Street, Singapore.
TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM Council of Knight Masons, No. 109, in Athens, Greece, GCKM Province of Greece, held their Stated Installation Meeting on Friday, 10th February, 2017; and on Saturday, 11th February, 2017, a Special Meeting was held to admit to membership a number of distinguished Companions from other European lands. The M.E. Great Chief, being a founder member of the Council, was very pleased to be present on both occasions.
ST. MOLAISE Council of Knight Masons, for the GCKM Province of England & Wales, to be numbered 112 on the Roll of Grand Council, is due to be Constituted & Dedicated at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017, at the Masonic Hall, Leyland, Lancashire, England.