Carl Keith Thompson, PGM
Most Worshipful Brother
Carl Keith Thompson, PGM
Grand Lodge of
Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M.;
Grand Master 1987 – 1988
MW Bro. Carl Thompson was born in Summerside, P.E.I., July 16, 1944, to William R. and Barbara (Woodside) Thompson. Following completion of his education, he joined the mixed farming operation with his father on the family farm in Kensington, and also operated a snow removal business in the Kensington area. In more recent years, he has operated Thompson Well Drilling Ltd., and has a keen eye for spotting and collecting antique tractors.
Carl married the former Norma Ramsay, and they raised three children, daughter Lesley, son Andrew (a veterinarian), and son Edward, who have expanded the family with four grandchildren, Hillary and Kaleigh MacLeod and Megan and Noah Thompson.
St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Kensington, has been the family’s focus for many years, with Carl serving there as Warden and in other offices.
In community service, Carl was Vice-President and then for six years President of the 4th Prince Liberal Association, and for a number of years was the Overall Leader of the Clover Leaf 4H Club. He is also a member of the Prince County Caledonia Club.
MW Bro. Thompson is a fourth generation Freemason at Mt. Zion Lodge No. 12 in Kensington, P.E.I., being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason there on July 3, 1969. He was elected Master there in 1975. He then accepted appointment to a Grand Lodge office, and progressed through various appointive and elective offices until his arrival in the Grand East in 1987, after serving as Vice-President of the All Canada Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of P.E.I.
As a Shriner, he is a Past President of the Red Oak Shrine Club. As a Scottish Rite Mason, he is a past presiding officer of Albert Edward Lodge of Perfection and a member of Gordon L. Bennett Chapter Rose Croix (formerly St. Lawrence Chapter), both in the Valley of Summerside, and a member of Nova Scotia Consistory in the Valley of Halifax.
In 1978-79, he served as Worthy Patron of Regent Chapter No. 52, Order of the Eastern Star
During his year as Grand Master, MW Bro. Thompson attended more than sixty functions in his official capacity, including travel across Canada and in the U.S.A., and in the Report of the Committee on the Grand Master’s Address was congratulated for being able to “fulfill all those fraternal duties and still be a successful farmer.”