Burin na­tive hon­oured by Ma­sons

Ge­orge Brushett com­mended for 70 years of ser­vice

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL PEO­PLE

Ge­orge Brushett, for­merly of Burin but now makes his home in Marys­town, has given the bet­ter part of his life in ser­vice to the Hi­ram Mosonic Lodge in Burin.

Brushett was just 27-year-old when he first joined the lodge.

“It was af­ter I came from over­seas,” ex­plained the 97-year-old who served dur­ing the dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. “(19)46 I sup­pose it was, it was in the 40’s,” he re­called.

On Nov. 20, Cluney Vincent, Grand Mas­ter of Grand Lodge of An­cient Free and Ac­cepted Ma­sons of New­found­land and Labrador, pre­sented Brushett with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque for his ser­vice at his home in Marys­town.

“I feel good,” said Brushett. “I didn’t think I was go­ing to be hon­oured like that.”

He reg­u­larly at­tended meet­ings when he lived in Bulls Cove but since mov­ing to Marys­town he hasn’t been able to at­tend as of­ten.

Brushett said his fa­ther and his brother were also mem­bers of the lodge.

“My fa­ther used to carry split in them ties to light the fire in the stove,” he re­called with a chuckle.

It was his fa­ther who spon­sored him into the Ma­sons.

“We had to walk four-five miles for to get there in the win­ter time,” he said. “And we still at­tended.”

Brushett said be­ing part of the lodge al­lows him the op­por­tu­nity to get to­gether with oth­ers and so­cial­ize when he is able to at­tend.

“I like to be there,” he sim­ply said when asked what has kept him a mem­ber of the lodge for the past 70 years.

Gary Hig­gins, said Brushett was de­serv­ing of the recog­ni­tion.

“Ge­orge has been an ex­cel­lent role model for all Ma­sons,” he said. “If they fol­low by ex­am­ple in life what he has done in life we would all be bet­ter of.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

On Nov. 20 Ge­orge Brushett of Marys­town was pre­sented with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque in recog­ni­tion of his 70 years as a mem­ber of Hi­ram Ma­sonic Lodge. A del­e­ga­tion of Broth­ers vis­ited him at his home to present the spe­cial award. Pic­tured (from left) Giles Pike (Mas­ter of Hi­ram Lodge), Harold Matthews, Cluney Vincent (Grand Mas­ter of An­cient Free and Ac­cepted Ma­sons in New­found­land and Labrador), Ge­orge Brushett and Gary Hig­gins.

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