George Geddes Wood, PGM
Most Worshipful Brother
George Geddes Wood, PGM
Grand Lodge of
Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M.;
Grand Master 1948 – 1949
George Geddes Wood was born July 28th, 1904, at Port of Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies, the only son of the late James R. Wood and Mrs. Wood. He received his early education at Pymphilian High School. Port of Spain, and later at West Kent School, Charlottetown. In 1922 he entered the service of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Charlottetown, resigning in 1928 to accept a position with the Robert Ed Company, Moncton, N. B. In 1930 our present Grand Master returned to Charlottetown, and for the past eighteen years has conducted with marked success the firm of George G. Wood & Company, prominent Wholesale Food Brokers. Most Worshipful Brother Wood is a loyal member and an enthusiastic worker in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, and for the past six years has been a member of the Vestry.
On June 26th, 1930, our Grand Master was united in marriage with Miss Kathleen Bourke of Charlottetown, and to this union has been born one daughter, Joan Patricia and two sons, David George and James Crilly.
Most Worshipful Brother Wood first saw the Light of Freemasonry in Victoria Lodge No. 2 A.F. & A.M. when he was Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on October 10th, 1927, Passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on November 14th and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on December 12th of the same year. After serving in several subordinate offices he was elected and installed Worshipful Master of Victoria Lodge for the year 1937.
M.W. Brother Wood was Exalted in Botsford Chapter No. 7 Royal Arch Masons in Moncton, N. B., on June 24th, 1931. He demitted from this Chapter, affiliating with Alexandra Chapter No. 11 Charlottetown on May 5th, 1932. After holding different minor offices was elected and served this Chapter with untiring efforts as Most Excellent High Priest from 1941 to 1945. For the past two years he has been Grand District Superintendent of District No. 5 Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia.
Knights Templar Orders were conferred upon him in 1945, receiving the Illustrious Order of the Red Cross on April 18th, 1945, and the Order of the Temple on July 16th of that year. This year MW. Brother Wood is Presiding Preceptor of Prince Edward Preceptory No. 35 K.T, Charlottetown. He is also a member of Albert Edward Lodge of Perfection A. & A.S.R., Valley of Summerside, P. E. I.
The first Grand Lodge office held by Most Worshipful Brother Wood was in 1938 when he was appointed Grand Standard Bearer. He held various appointive Offices until his election as Junior Grand Warden in 1943; Senior Grand Warden in 1946; Deputy Grand Master in 1947. In 1948, he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, an honour justly his due.
Most Worshipful Brother Wood has represented the Grand Lodge of Montana since 1945, and recently resigned this commission to become the first Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Denmark near this Grand Lodge. In 1946, while Senior Grand Warden, he attended the first Eastern Masonic Conference of Representatives from the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the two District Grand Lodges of Newfoundland, held in Moncton, N. B., on October 4th of that year. In February of 1947 he accompanied the Grand Master to Montebello, Quebec, to the first All Canadian Conference of Representatives from every Grand Jurisdiction in Canada and the two District Grand Lodges of Newfoundland. His Masonic knowledge was quickly recognized at this conference when he was elected Vice President for all Canada. Our Grand Master was again honored on April 30th last, when at the second Eastern Conference held in Amherst he was elected President for the next term.
Prince Edward Island Masons and those beyond this jurisdiction rejoice with Most Worshipful Brother Wood on his attaining the highest office that is within the power of the brethren to confer, that of Grand Master Mason. That he will continue to give in the future, as he has in the past, to the Craft he loves so well of his Masonic ability and wisdom is the earnest hope and prayer of all his Masonic friends and brethren.
From the Proceedings of the 73rd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island A.F. & A. M. (1948).