Burin native honoured by Masons
George Brushett commended for 70 years of service
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.”
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.