Prince Edward Lodge No. 14
The first reference to a Memorial Service was in April 1887 following the death of Brother John MacKay. Twelve Officers of the Lodge and several of the Brethren of Mount Zion Lodge No. 12 assembled at the Lodge Room on April 9. The Marshal, Bro. Andrew Bowness of Kensington, arranged procession to the residence of the deceased and thence to Cavendish Cemetery where Brother MacKay was buried with full Masonic Honours.. The Lodge lost two of its Charter Members in 1888. Bro. John Garrett drowned on July 4 and Bro. Richard Found died on November 6. The Brethren held Memorial Services for both Brothers. (Minutes, selected dates)
Prince Edward Lodge has had several long-serving orators who have conducted Memorial Services. Three of note, W.Bro. Ernest Dunning PM, W.Bro. Earle Campbell PM and M.W.Bro. Archibald Campbell PGM, were often requested to conduct Memorial Services for deceased members of other Lodges. Bro. Dunning conducted his first Memorial Service at Stanley Bridge United Church on December 12, 1942 following the death of Charter Member, W.Bro. Norman Nicholson PM. In November 1955 the Lodge presented Bro. Dunning with a Masonic Bible in recognition of his long service. Grand Lodge presented his Fifty-Year Pin posthumously in November 1983.
It was customary for the Brethren to pay tribute to an active member who was preparing to leave the Community. Bro. Allan C. Stewart was a teacher in Stanley Bridge for five years before leaving for work in British Columbia in 1889. He was described as “an indefatigable member of this Lodge.” The Brethren honoured Bro. Stewart on July 3, 1889. A resolution of regret and best wishes was “carried unanimously by the Lodge standing to their feet.”
Similar sentiments were evident some years later when W.Bro F.M. Morris announced his plan to move from the Community. A Special Communication was held to honour Bro. Morris who had served as Worshipful Master in 1900. The speeches of the several Brethren were “expressive of the sorrow felt at the departure of Bro. Morris.” (Minutes, August 30, 1904) The Stewards served an ‘excellent repast’ and the meeting ended after midnight with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.