Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death: ||Dec. 28, 2010|
Nova Scotia, Canada
Fred was 79 when he lost his fight with cancer while in the hospital in Kentville. Fred was born in Welsford, Nova Scotia the second son of Vernon and Dorris Clarke.
Fred joined the Royal Canadina Air Force in 1948 and served his country for five years.
After working for Fairy Aviation Corp for two years, he joined Larsen Packers Ltd. becoming plant Superintendent for 28 years where he met the love of his life.
In 1955 he and Margaret Anna Larsen married and to this union four sons were born. Greg, Chris, Mark, and David. Fred and Margaret also have 11 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Franklyn and Donald and a brother in infancy as well as grandson, Matthew.
With a family of boys, Fred soon became involved in sports, hockey and baseball as well as being involved in Scouting He loved working with his sons.
He was a volunteer firefighter serving as Captain of the Ladder Company. He also served 10 years on Berwick Town Council.
Fred has a very impressive Masonic Record as well as exemplary Eastern Star history. The Record is as follows:
In 1958 Fred was initiated into the Masonic Order at Valley Lodge No. 90 Berwick where he served as Master in 1966. In 1990-91 he served as Grand Master of Masons in Nova Scotia. He received the 50 year Jewel in 2008. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Erasumus James Phillips Medallian and Christopher Chamlin Medal He was an honorary member of ST. Georges Lodge No. 20 Wolfville and also an honorary member of the Grand Lodges of Wyoming, Nevada and Minnesota. In 1991 he served as chairman of the Canadian Grand Masters Conference. He joined Royal Arch Masons in 1966 serving as High Priest in 1987 He served other branches of Royal Arch prior to this date. In 2002-03 he served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons. In 1990 he received the honor of Trice Illustrious Master of Adoniram Council no. 10 Royal and Select Masters and received all the privileges of a Cryptic Rite Mason. Having served as Master of Valley Lodge No 90 High Priest of Cornwallis Chapter No. 26 Royal Arch Masons, Mt. Zion Preceptory No. 73, Knights Templar, and Adoniram Council No. 10 Royal and Select Masters, he was nominated for and has recently received the Order of the Purple Cross at a special ceremony at his hospital bedside. In 2000 Fred presided as Sovereign of the Rupert H. MacNeil Conclave No. 30 in 1990 he joined the Scottish Rite and has attained a 32nd Degree and was a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He became a member of the Philae Shriners and was currently serving as an Ambassador at Large.
Fred was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star in 1961 at Mayflower Chapter No. 2, Kingston and became a Charter member of Laurel Chapter No 67 Berwick in 1963. He served both Chapters as Worthy Patron He was Grand Representative of Alabama from 1984-1985 and in 1985-86 he was elected Grand Sentinel, Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He became Worthy Grand Patron in 1987 in Dartmouth, NS serving with Sister Barbara Bowser, Worthy Grand Matron. He was currently serving on the Benevolent Committee within the jurisdiction of NS and PEI In 1991 he was appointed as General Grand Chapter Committee Member on Fraternal Relations. In 1994 he was elected Right Worthy Grand Trustee, General Grand Chapter serving for a full 9 year term. In 2003 he was elected as Right Worthy Grand Sentinel served until he was elected in 2006 to Right Worthy Associate Grand Patron serving until 2009 when he was elected Most Worthy Grand Patron, General Grand Chapter, serving in the position with Sister Rennie Ofton, Most Worthy Grand Matron over the 47th Triennium (2009-2012)
He received a life membership in Laurel Chapter No. 67 and Honorary memberships in the Queen Esther Chapter 61, Port Royal Chapter 1, Mayflower Chapter 2, Evangeline Chapter 15, Blomidon Chapter 68 within the jurisdiction of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. In 2010 by Resolution No. 484 He was recognized by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the honor of being elected Most Worthy Grand Patron of the Order of Eastern Star. He received honorary memberships in many of the Grand Chapters he visited within North America and memberships in individual Chapters and Associations within the General Grand Chapter Jurisdiction, As part of his duty as Most Worthy Grand Patron Brother Fred was insturmental in helping to establish Star Chapters in Romania over the past few years, where he received from the National Grand Lodge of Romania the Diploma of Honor in October 2009
An Order of Eastern Star service and a Masonic service followed by funeral services and reception. Brother Fred was laid to rest in the Berwick Cemetery
Brother Fred will be remembered by Star members all over the world as our Most Worthy Grand Patron.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Created by: June Rickman Butler
Record added: May 01, 2011
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