Companion Richard C. Thomas
Most Puissant Grand Master
2008 - 2009
Companion Richard Thomas was born just south of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
in 1943. Richard and his mother immigrated to Canada by troopship in late 1944
landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia and then proceeding to Windsor, Ontario to meet
up with his father who had been released from the Canadian Army due to injuries
received in battle in Italy.
Richard grew up
and attended school in Windsor culminating with his graduation with a degree in
Electronics from which he thence moved to Montreal Quebec in 1966 and where he
has remained ever since.
Richard is now
retired having served almost 10 years with Bell Canada and just over 33 years
with Teleglobe Canada. Additionally
Richard spent 27 years with the Canadian Army Reserves retiring with the rank
initiated into Masonry in the fall of 1985 into Browne Lodge No. 24 of the
Grand Lodge of Quebec, and then proceeded for 2 years to work in Saudi
Arabia. Upon his return in late 1987
Richard resumed his Masonry and proceeded to join most of the York Rite Bodies
of Freemasonry where he has steadily progressed through the various ranks and
degrees over the years.
elected Grand Captain of the Guard of the Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada, Royal
& Select Masters (Cryptic Rite of Freemasonry) in 2005 and progressed
through the various offices of Grand Council culminating with his election and
installation as the Supreme Grand Master of the Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada
Royal & Select Masters at the Annual Convocation of that body which was
held in Truro N.S. in May 2008.
Richard is an avid
golfer and fisherman and takes every opportunity to enjoy these pleasures.
Richard is also a
single parent and the father of two sons, one of whom is a practicing CGA and
the other who will enter University in 2009.
given Richard the opportunity to further his studies in Freemasonry and to make
new friends in the Craft, the greatest Fraternity in the World.