Natick, Massachusetts – October 2nd, 2013 – Exactly 50 years to the day he was first installed as the presiding officer of Natick’s Meridian Lodge of Freemasons, Albert T. Ames, past Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, returned to the position for the ensuing year.
On December 29th,
1986, Ames was installed to serve the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as its 79th
Grand Master of Masons, a position he held until December of 1989. A Grand
Master has two distinct responsibilities. First, he serves as the fraternal
leader of the society; he has several ceremonial privileges reserved for his
position. He also serves as the corporate leader for the business of the Grand
Lodge. As Grand Master, Ames presided over more than 70,000 members in over 250
different lodges throughout the commonwealth.
Ames, a lifelong resident of Natick, began his Masonic career in Natick’s Chapter of the Order of DeMolay, a fraternal organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21. He became a Master Mason on November 12, 1958 in Natick’s Meridian Lodge. He first served that lodge as its presiding officer, or Worshipful Master, in 1963-64, having been installed on September 18th, 1963.
Masons use the original definition of the word worshipful, meaning honorable; English mayors and judges to this day are still addressed with the term. As a Past Grand Master, Ames is addressed as most worshipful by those within the fraternity.
Born in 1932, Ames is the son of the late Eugene H. and Adeline (hawes) Ames, Sr. Married to Nancy Lee (Hamilton) Ames, they are parents of a daughter, Sherrill, and four sons, Stephen, Timothy, Kenneth, and Richard.
Educated in Natick’s public schools, he attended Northeastern University night classes, and worked in home construction and remodeling for 14 years. In 1971, he established Al Ames Associates, Inc., an automotive repair and service business that operated in Natick for many years.
He served with the
Regimental Ordinance Supply in the Army during the Korean War from 1954 until
1956, was the town deputy building inspector for five years, and a member of
the Natick Town Report Committee for 12 years.
Freemasons trace their roots to the stonemason
guilds that built Europe’s cathedrals and castles during the early part of the
last millennium. As construction of
these buildings declined, they began accepting members from outside their
trade. These new members, influenced by
the “Age of Enlightenment,” transformed the organization from a group for
builders to one focused on developing the character of its members. Freemasonry was formally organized in London, England
in 1717. In 1733 it was formally organized in Massachusetts, making it the oldest
Masonic group in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world.
Freemasonry, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity, seeks to bring together men of every country, religion, race, background, and opinion in order to develop the bonds of friendship between them. Through a large variety of North American Masonic philanthropies, approximately $3,000,000 is given to charity every day, 70% of which benefits the general public. During its initiation ceremony, which uses symbolism and allegory, its members are encouraged to value high principles, ethics, and morals and to live their lives accordingly. By “making good men better,” Freemasonry positively benefits its members, families and communities.
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