By Gordon Lambie
This past weekend Peter P. Pascali, the Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Quebec in Montreal, awarded Keith Baldwin the Jewel of Merit, commonly named Pro-Merito medal, in recognition of his longstanding dedication to and involvement in the work of the Masons.
“The Jewel of Merit may be awarded, at the discretion of the Grand Master, to a Master Mason, who is not less than 55 years of age, in recognition of meritorious and outstanding service to the Craft over a period of not less than 15 years,” shared Marc Sicard, Secretary of St.Francis Lodge No.15, who was also present for the ceremony. “Very Worshipful Brother Keith Baldwin, at the age of 99 is active in four lodges in the Lennoxville/Melbourne area, he does Ritual Work in English (et en français), he is well liked by everyone in the Craft.”
Sicard said that following Baldwin’s reinstallation as Worshipful Master (or lodge President) of the group at the Wales Home this past April, he has been the oldest person to occupy that role anywhere in North America and, possibly, anywhere in the world.
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