Letter of the month: July 2000
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 15:07:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Freemasonry Guest Book (Yes) email@example.com
Name:: Diann Guthrie
Location:: Tucson, AZ
RQFC-topic: Information for my father.
Message:: I'm trying to locate some information for my father.
His name is John William Guthrie and he became a Mason in Kansas.
Newton, KS I think. He has lost his York-Rite ring. I want to
replace it for him but I don't know where to start. He said he
thought he qualified for a York-Rite "level". My terminology may
not be correct. How do I accomplish this request? Dad's in a
nursing home and I would like to do this for him while he still
can appreciate getting his ring back. Thank you very much for
your assistance. Also he mentioned because he was a Mason that
there might be some facilities that he could go to, instead of the
nursing home he is in currently. How do I find information
regarding all of this? Lastly, I strongly believe that when the
time comes my father would like the Masonic Temple to be involved
at his funeral. Performing a ceremony. One more thing-It would
be a good idea if Tucson Masonic temple got an answering
Subject: Re: Freemasonry Guest Book (Yes) firstname.lastname@example.org
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 28 Jul 2000 15:07:49 EDT."
dear Ms Guthrie,
You should contact his lodge. That is absolutely the first step.
You might be able to find some of your dad's old lodge notices --
which would have the phone number of the secretary and many other
members, which might be all the info you need to start with.
The lodge is the place to go for help. Every member of his lodge has
promised to help and assist their brother and his family. They are the
ones who know him.
If you can't find the lodge yourself, you can contact the Grand Lodge
of Kansas and ask for the office of the Grand Secretary. They should
have your father's records, and can give you contact info for his lodge,
probably addresses and phone numbers for the master and secretary. The
Grand Lodge will also have his complete records, the York Rite stuff,
Regarding the funeral, bless you for thinking of this ahead of time!
Most lodges get requests for Masonic funerals with very little advance
In your case, it's unlikely that the Kansas Masons will be able to
help with his funeral, although you should talk to the lodge secretary
about how to notify him when the time comes -- at least they will want
to know so they can have a memorial service in their lodge, and for
their records. Also, there may very well be other members of that lodge
closer to your area.
While you're speaking with someone in the office of the Grand
Secretary in Kansas, ask them how to approach the Grand Lodge of Arizona
for advice about assistance with a Masonic funeral ceremony. They
should be able to give you contact info for some lodges in your area
that can arrange the service at your notice. (They will certainly
appreciate being contacted ahead of time, so they can get all the
appropriate information, and help you make arrangements -- for instance,
you'll need to find his "lambskin" apron.)
I wish more Masons would talk to their families while they are able,
to explain matters like contacting the lodge for assistance, funeral
ceremonies, disposition of their apron and regalia, et cetera. All
Masons know that there is an end to our days as workmen in this earthly
temple -- why they do not take a few minutes to discuss arrangements
with their own families I will never never understand.
Regarding the ring: there are any number of companies that sell
Masonic jewelry, and if you get a catalog, one of the members of
his lodge should sit with you and help you identify the proper
emblems for a ring. To find Masonic jewelers, go back to my
website, to the Pointers section, you will find a "Commercial"
section that contains several jewelers, supply houses, and
Best wishes to you and your dad, Ms Guthrie. If you have any
problems contacting either Kansas or Arizona, please let me know.
(And regarding an answering machine at the Masonic apartments you
tried to reach, they may have their reasons for not using an answering
machine. But you'd have to ask them about that.)
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