To the Editor:
Small of an all-out get together, Freemason-model, what does a Master Mason adorned with a 70-calendar year pin for distinguished support want in this yr of COVID-ravaged celebrations? Only a mention in his adopted hometown paper, The SandPaper, is the respond to.
And so we, his four proud young children, seven very pleased grandchildren and two very pleased terrific-grandchildren, accommodate with a letter to the editor.
On a sunny, unseasonably warm Oct afternoon, Worshipful Master Robert Sunbury arrived at the Ship Base property of Stacy B. Stockton Jr. to present him with a pin and certification honoring him for his 70 many years of distinguished support as a Master Mason in his hometown of Pemberton (Pyramid Lodge No. 92). Stacy was encouraged to become a Mason and entered as a new recruit in 1950.
In pre-COVID occasions, a 70-12 months pin would have been introduced by Gregory J. Scott, the governor of Freemasonry in New Jersey, with acceptable pomp and circumstance on the specified date of July 1, 2020.
Soon after all, this is America’s oldest all-male fraternity, commenced in 1717 at the Grand Lodge of England, exactly where stonemasons pooled their funds to acquire treatment of their brothers who have been erecting wonderful cathedrals throughout Europe.
The identical rituals utilised in England and when this kind of renowned adult men as George Washington, Ben Franklin and Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, became Masons are employed nowadays. All members should feel in a supreme remaining, which suggests all religions are welcome as are adult men in search of to grow to be leaders from all walks of daily life.
The history is fitting for this Master Mason we call father who was lifted by his grandmother and her 17 kids and grew up to develop into a profitable builder and neighborhood leader in Pemberton and later in Ship Base as a member of the land use board.
The Masonic Residence in Burlington is the crown jewel of the fraternity supported by Masons statewide. They also raise scholarship funds for center and substantial college learners and in 2004, when floods devastated Lumberton, raised 1000’s to help the group rebuild.
So here’s to you, Father. Once once more you make us proud.