John Yeo, PGM
Most Worshipful Brother
John Yeo, PGM
Grand Lodge of
Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M.;
Grand Master 1875 – 1889
The death of MW Bro John Yeo on December 14, 1924 removed one who had been a tower of strength to Freemasonry from his initiation on July 1, 1861 in King Hiram Lodge, St. Eleanors. He was a founding member and the first Master of Alexandra Lodge, Port Hill. He was elected Grand Master in 1875 and served continuously until 1888. Whilst his business and political careers occupied much of his time, his interest in Masonry was sustained, and Alexandra Lodge owed much to him. In 1892 MW Bro Darrach spoke thus when reporting on a visit to Alexandra Lodge, “When the P.G.M. Yeo fills the place of host, everyone is involuntarily captivated and the meaning of the question often asked, ‘Have you visited Port Hill?’ is understood.”
He had entered political life at age 22 and represented his constituency in the Legislative Assembly or House of Commons until 1898 when he was called to the Senate. His death occurred on the eve of the Grand Lodge semi-centennial, when Grand Master W. C. Lawson quoted the Senate’s tribute, concluding “From the beginning he won and until the last he retained the richly deserved confidence, admiration and affection of everyone in his own community and here, irrespective of party, religious or ethical affiliation.