Past Grand Masters (Honourary)


MWBro. William Asquith Neal, OMS


Brethren, as you are all aware Masonic Careers can vary in length and involvement. Some can be short while others long. This afternoon it is my intention to recognize a Brother who has had, not only a long career but also a very distinguished one. This Brother has been blessed with 71 years as a Mason and on July 9 of this year celebrated his 100th birthday. By now most of you know that I am referring to Rt. Worshipful Brother William Asquith Neal.

Brother Neal worked his way through all the offices of Avalon Lodge, starting as the Junior Steward and eventually served as the Master in 1952. He became a founding member of St. George’s Lodge. Prior to his Installation as Master of Avalon Lodge, he manually wrote every invitation numbering over 170. Fifty-two of those were Past Masters of Avalon Lodge. During his year as Worshipful Master the Lodge conferred degrees on 36 members of which 27 were Avalon members and 9 were Courtesy Degrees on American Military members stationed at Fort Pepperell.

He was also instrumental, along with the Worshipful Masters of the other Lodges, in forming a Social Committee for the purpose of raising funds to replace the carpet in the Lodge. This proved to be very successful.

In April 1971 Bro. Neal was given the Grand Rank of Past District Grand Senior Warden (Hon).

In November 1997 the District Grand Master honoured him with Grand Rank of Past District Deputy Grand Master (H).

In 2002 he was awarded the Order of Meritorious Service by Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador and in 2005 Avalon Lodge awarded him with Distinguished Service Award. This was the first time such award had been given to any of its members.

Over his Masonic Career this distinguished Mason has served on many Boards and Committees and in many cases as the Chairman, including Masonic Park Board. Under his leadership this wonderful complex, now enjoyed by hundreds of occupants, became a reality. Brother Neal lived in the Park for 29 years and now resides at Tiffany Court.

Brethren, I think you will agree that William Asquith Neal is well deserving of the honours bestowed upon him. His contributions to Freemasonry will be indelibly stamped in our history. I, as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador, will bestow upon him the title of Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador (Hon).

— MWBro. Larry B. Grandy



Alberta and MWBro. Walter Job Parsons, OMS


Walter Job Parsons was born in 1933 at Lushes Bight, Newfoundland, where he attended school. On June 25, 1958 he married Alberta Rogers of Harbour Grace. Brother Parson’s Masonic career began in Trent Lodge No. 38 in Trenton, Ontario 1968. He affiliated with Dominion Lodge No. 848 in Baden, Germany where he served as Master. He affiliated with Notre Dame Lodge where he served as Master in 1989. He was appointed to the Board of General Purposes under the District Grand Lodge in 1996, appointed and served as Grand Junior Warden in 1997-
98. He was Elected as District Deputy Grand Master Western in 2000-02. He was the first Master of Farnham Lodge of Research No. 33 in 2001-04. He was awarded Distinguished Service Membership in Notre Dame Lodge in 2004. He was awarded the Erasmus James Philippe Medal by the GL of Nova Scotia and elected as an Honorary member of the GL of Prince Edward Island in June 2005. He is a founding member James Strong  Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch Masons, Grand Chapter of Newfoundland & Labrador. He was the first Grand High Priest; Central Newfoundland Council No. 16, Royal and Select Masons; Redeemer Conclave No. 33, Red Cross of Constantine; Farnham Lodge of Research No. 33; Terre Neuve College, York Rite College of North America; and  Beaumont Hamel Tabernacle; York Rite Templar Priests. He is presently the Supreme Grand Master of the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada.

Source:  Fraternal Tidings [December 2008]


Daniel R. Frampton
December 20, 1959 – January 23, 2019

It is with great sadness the Grand Master, MWBro. Ian A. Murray, announces the passing, this morning, January 23, 2019, of our Deputy Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Daniel Frampton. The Grand Master, accompanied by M.W.B. John Peyton, Past GM, and R.W.B. Dan Crocker, Grand Secretary, in the presence of close family and friends, conveyed the Honourary Rank of Past Grand Master on our dear departed Brother yesterday evening. Funeral arrangements will be announced when they become available.

“Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord. May light perpetual shine upon them and may the souls of the faithful rest in peace.”

His obituary is available here:

MW Bro. Daniel R. FramptonS&C 2

The Deputy Grand Master 2018-2019