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ALBERT W. CANEDY 1914-1983


  • MM 1952, WM 1956, Massasoit
  • Grand Pursuivant 1958
  • DDGM, Fall River 30, 1959, 1960, 1964
  • Junior Grand Warden 1968



From Proceedings, Page 1983-135:

Right Worshipful Albert William Canedy was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on May 15, 1914, the son of William Shaw Canedy and Dora Wood Canedy. On May 5, 1983, ten days before his 69th birthday, he passed away in his sleep, while at his home in Fall River.

He was educated in the Fall River Public Schools, graduating from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1931.

A practicing optician, he founded Canedy Opticians in 1935, which he operated until his retirement in 1977. He was also a founder and director of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, serving as Clerk of the Board since 1946.

In Masonry, his service was both extensive and far reaching. Brother Canedy was raised in Massasoit Lodge in 1952 and served as its Master in 1956. At the time of his death, he was Lodge Treasurer, having served in that position since 1959. In 1962 he presided as Master of the 27th Lodge of Instruction. Brother Canedy also served his Grand Lodge in a number of capacities - Grand Pursuivant in 1958, District Deputy Grand Master of the Fall River 30th Masonic District in 1959 and 1960, and Junior Grand Warden in 1968. At the time of his death, he was serving as Grand Representative to Parana, Brazil. In 1968 he was awarded the Henry Price Medal for his Distinguished Service to the Craft.

Active in the collateral bodies, he served as Excellent High Priest of the Fall River Chapter in 1961 and as District Deputy Grand High Priest of the Third Capitular District in 1962 and 1963. In 1971 he received the Benjamin Hurd Medal for Meritorious Service. In 1959 he presided as lllustrious Master of Fall River Council. He served the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters as Deputy Grand Master of Ceremonies in 1963 and as Deputy Grand Master in 1975. He served as Eminent Commander of Godfrey de Boullion Commandery No. 25 in 1959 and was serving as Knight Commander of Damascus Temple XXVI of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests at the time of his passing. He served the York Rite faithfully as Puissant Sovereign of St. Matthew's Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine in 1976, as Prior of Roger Williams Priory No. 48 of the York Cross of Honor in 1973, and as Governor of What Cheer York Rite College in 1978. He was a member of Colonial Council No. 19 Knight Masons of New England. In 1977 he received the York Rite Purple Cross in Detroit, Michigan.

Albert W. Canedy joined the Scottish Rite in 1952. He was a member of all the Scottish Rite bodies in Fall River as well as Massachusetts Consistory in Boston, He was a Charter Member of Old Colony Consistory and served as Commander-in-Chief from 1970 to 1973. He was also a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. On September 29, 1971, he was elevated to the 33rd Degree. He was also a member of Aleppo Temple Shrine of Massachusetts and Palestine Temple Shrine of Rhode Island as well as many other Masonic affiliated organizations.

He was a lifelong member of the North Christian Congregational Church, where he served in many capacities over the years. Funeral services were held in that sanctuary at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 7, 1983. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Phyllis; and three sons, Albert Jr., Sherrill, and Clayton.

So closes the record of a useful and successful life. He was efficient in every work he undertook. In all matters of controversy, his voice always rang true. He was blessed with a genial disposition and a quiet sense of humor. He was always courteous, kindly and considerate. His many endeavors will make his loss keenly felt over a large portion of mankind.

Respectfully submitted,
James T. Watson, Jr.
Sydney Grunberg
John Sanson


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1983, Page 33:

Ill. Albert William Canedy, 33°
Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, May 15, 1914
Died in Fall River, Massachusetts, May 5, 1983

Ill. Albert William Canedy, 33° was the son of William S. and Dora (Wood) Canedy and throughout his life he lived in the Fall River area, where he was highly respected as an active banker, civic leader and prominent Mason.

Upon his graduation from B. M. C. Durfee High School, class of 1931, Brother Canedy founded his own business, Canedy Opticians, in 1935, which he operated until a few years ago when he turned the business over to his son, Clayton.

His banking career began in 1946 when he journeyed to Washing­ton, D.C. to apply for a charter for the establishment of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. He served as-secretary of the corporation, clerk of the board and director since 1946 and also as its appraiser from 1968 to 1977. At the time of his passing, he was director and clerk of the newly formed First Federal Savings Bank of America.

Illustrious Brother Canedy's Masonic service was extensive and far reaching. He was raised as a Master Mason on April 8, 1952, in Massasoit Lodge in Fall River, Massachusetts and served as its Wor­shipful Master in 1956 and as its Treasurer since 1958.

He was appointed a District Deputy Grand· Master of the Fall River 30th Masonic District by Most Wor. Andrew G. Jenkins for 1959 and 1960 and was elected Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts in 1968, at which time he re­ceived the Henry Price medal. In addition, he was a Past President of the D.D.G.M.'s Association. At the time of his death, he was our Grand Lodge's representative to the Grand Lodge of Parana, Brazil.

Brother Canedy joined and became active in the York and Scot­tish Rite Bodies shortly after being raised a Master Mason.

He was exalted in Fall River Royal Arch Chapter on March 9, 1953, and served as its High Priest in 1960 as well as trustee of the Permanent Fund since 1962. He was appointed a District Deputy Grand High Priest by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the 3rd Capitular District and received the Benjamin Hurd medal in 1971.

Brother Canedy was received in Fall River Council, Royal and Select Masters on June 3, 1953, and served that body as its Illus­trious Master in 1959, along with being a trustee of its Permanent Fund since 1960.

He was knighted March 23, 1953, in Godfrey de Bouillon Com­mandery No. 25, K. T. Installed as its Eminent Commander in 1960 and had served as its Prelate since 1961. Because of his activity in York Rite, he received the York Cross of Honor in Roger William Priory of Providence, Rhode Island. He later served that body as its Prior. He was also a member of St. Mathew's Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine in Springfield, Massachusetts, and later served as Puissant Sovereign of that body. In 1953, Illustrious Brother Canedy joined the Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Fall River and Massachusetts Consistory, in which he held dual membership with Old Colony Consistory. He was a charter member of the latter, as well as serving as its Commander-­in-Chief in 1970. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector Gen­eral, 33° in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1971. For many years he served as Director of the work for Fall River Lodge of Perfection and Old Colony Consistory. He was also a Past Minister of State of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation.

Brother Canedy was an active member of Damascus Tabernacle of the Boston Holy Royal Arch, where he served as Priest, Very Eminent Preceptor and Knight Commander.

"To the Promised Land our friend has gone
To the land of perfect rest.
His work is done and the setting sun has sealed his life's request.
He has left this early strand, to the House beyond the sea.
Though he is gone, he will still live on
Sweet in our memory."

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