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  • MM 1950, WM 1957, Eden
  • DDGM, Palmer 19, 1966, 1967
  • Deputy Grand Master 1980



From Proceedings, Page 2005-96:

Brother Bisbee was born in New York City on March 25, 1913, the son of Ralph Bisbee and Minerva (Gault) Bisbee. He received his formal education in the New York City Public School System, graduating from Kent All Boys High School and later attended Harvard University. Although he was born, raised and educated in the “Big Apple”, he did not fit their mold of being a city boy but instead loved the country atmosphere and way of life. His appearance and mannerisms were more of a quiet, soft-spoken individual with a dry sense of humor and always with that devilish twinkle in his eye. To his friends he was affectionately known as “Biss”. Only his close friends and associates knew how he loved gardening, particularly the planting of trees and azaleas and watching them grow in beauty to maturity. We always felt that it was his love of gardening that helped him as a Grand Lecturer to be patient and to nurture and bring forth, through the officers and members, the beauty of our ritual and to keep it pure and unadulterated.

Biss met, courted and married the love of his life, the former Adelaide Kamienski, on June 12, 1943 and settled in Western Massachusetts where he worked in the textile industry in Ware.

He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Ware and served as a deacon and also served the Town of Ware as a cemetery commissioner. His Masonic involvement covered a period of over fifty years. Biss joined Eden Lodge of Ware, Massachusetts as an Entered Apprentice on January 2, 1950, was passed on February 6, 1950 and raised on March 6, 1950. He served his Lodge as Master in 1957 and as District Deputy Grand Master of the Palmer 19th District in 1966 and 1967. He was Master of the 5th Lodge of Instruction from 1967 to 1969 and was awarded the Joseph Warren Medal in 1971 and was appointed Grand Lecturer from 1973 to 1984 and a Grand Representative to Puerto Rico in 1968. He served as Deputy Grand Master in 1980 and was awarded the Henry Price Medal in 1980 and the 50-year Veteran’s Medal in 2000 in the Grand Lodge at its quarterly meeting.

Right Worshipful Brother Bisbee laid down the working tools of the Craft February 24, 2005 to enter the Celestial Lodge to rest and refresh himself from his long and illustrious career.

Biss always said he was never perfect but lived and practiced Masonry to the best of his ability. He is and always will be sadly missed by his family and friends in Masonry.

Respectfully submitted,
Edgar W. Darling
John L. Dowell
Theodore E. Cooledge, Chairman

Distinguished Brothers