Most Worshipful Brother
Archibald Ellsworth Campbell, PGM
Grand Lodge of
Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M.;
Grand Master 1977 – 1978

Archibald Ellsworth Campbell, known by all as Archie was born March 8, 1920 at Long River, Prince Edward Island. He obtained his early education at the Long River Public School which was furthered by a Surveyors Engineering Course during military training.

During the Second World War, Archie served with the Royal Canadian Artillery, 2nd Heavy AntiAircraft Regiment in England and Northwest Europe. At the Cessation of Hostilities in 1945 he was released from duty at Halifax, N.S. and returned to PEA. to engage in the occupation of Agricultural Farming until 1951 at which time he rejoined the Armed Services as a Supply Technician with the Royal Canadian Air Force and serving until September 1969, retiring with the rank of Sergeant.

Archie in his so called retirement is presently engaged in a mixed farming operation at Spring Brook, the nuclus of which is a purebred Herford Herd. His Community and church involvements note such things as: charter member of New London Lions Club, member of 73 Centennial Committee and elected Elder of St. Johns Presbyterian Church, New London.

Most Worshipful Brother Campbell began his Masonic career while stationed at R.C.A.F. Station, Greenwood, Nova Scotia where he was initiated into masonry, passed and raised in 1960 by the Brethren of Markiand Lodge no. 99, Nova Scotia. A military service transfer to R.C.A.F. Station Summerside, P.E.I. provided the opportunity to affiliate with Prince Edward Lodge No. 14 Stanley Bridge where he attained the office of Worshipful Master in 1968 and that same year received an appointment as Grand Stewart of the Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island.

In 1962 he was a charter member of a service Lodge Airisle Lodge no. 20, Summerside. In 1972 he served as M.E.H.P. of Royal Arch Masons, Prince Edward Chapter No. 12, Kensington which he joined in 1966. In 1967 he joined Knights Templar Prince Edward Preceptory no 35, Charlottetown and elected presiding Preceptor in December 1977. Companion of the Council, Royal and Select Masters, Garden of the Gulf Council No. 9, Charlottetown. In 1967, Noble of the Mystic Shrine Philae Temple, Oasis of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Archie and his wife Rebecca are both members of The Order of The Eastern Star Regent Chapter No. 52 Kensington, P.E.I.

On August 27, 1977 M. W. Brother Campbell and the Grand Lodge Officers with several Past Grand Masters present performed a dedication ceremony for the Lodge room facilities of Prince Edward Lodge No. 14 now located at Grahams Road. This same Lodge received a very impressive installation ceremony by the Grand Master who installed the Worshipful Master and Officers for 1978 on St. Johns night, December 27. Certainly, these two events will long be remembered by the Brothers of Prince Edward Lodge No. 14 and the many visiting Brothers in attendance.

M. W. Brother Campbell states that masonry to him is a way of life: He feels no Brother could advance to the rank of Master Mason without a change in his character and his relationship with his fellow man for the better.

Archie is married to the former Rebecca MacGregor Orr of French River. They have no living children.

Archie and Rebecca enjoy the purebred livestock that affords much pleasure by many happy hours together: This could well be because of Archie’s philosophy for life being content with your lot when conditions are sometimes adverse, holding fast to your principles and always giving measure full and running over.

From the Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island A.F. & A. M. (1977).