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OTTO A.S. MacKINNON 1897-1975

Junior Grand Warden, 1955


From Proceedings, Page 1975-153:

"Right Worship{ul Otto Allan Smith MacKinnon was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canad,a on December 13, 1897, the son of Alexander and Jessie MacKinnon. After graduating from high school, he studied Electrical Engineering at Franklin Union in Boston, after which in 1923 he was employed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department, and from 1935 as operator of the Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge which spanned the Cape Cod Canal at Buzzards Bay, This was a bridge which was lifted vertically in the air like a huge elevator to permit big ships to pass under it and was lowered to roadbed level to permit the passage of trains to Falmouth. Right Worshipful Brother MacKinnon was Superintendent of the operation oi this bridge from 1935 until his retirement on October 31, 1967.

"He was raised in Royal Albert Lodge No. 19 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia on April 16, 1921 from which he demitted to become affiliated with Bethesda Lodge in Brighton on August 31, 1927. He in turn demitted {rom Bethesda Lodge to become a member of Social Harmony Lodge in Wareham on November 21, 1941 of which he became Master in 1946 and which he served as Secretary {rom October 10, 1947 to the date o{ his death.

"Appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Nantucket 31st District fior 1949 and 1950, he was subsequenrly elected Junior Grand Warden in 1955 and was further honored by receiving the Henry Price Medal in the same year. He served the 26th Lodge of Instruction as Master in 1949 and 1950 and was appointed Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Alabama near our Grand Lodge in 1968. His Veteran's Medal was presented to him in 1971.

"His Royal Arch Degrees were received in Wareham Royal Arch Chapter, then meeting in Marion, in 1949, which he served as Secretary. His service to Grand Chapter was recognized by the presentation of the Benjamin Hurd Medal. His Cryptic Degrees were received in the New Bed{ord Council of Royal and Select Masters and the Orders of the Temple in Sutton Commandery No. 16 of New Bedford in 1951. In Scottish Rite he received his Perfection, Princes and Rose Croix degrees in the Valley of Fall River and his Consistory degrees in the Valley of Boston in 1946, and later affiliated with Old Colony Consistory in Fall River in 1953 as a dual member. He held office in Rose Croix for eight years and took various parts in the other degrees. Also a member of Aleppo Temple of the Shrine, our distinguished Brother was an active and enthusiastic member of all branches o{ Freemasonry.

"During World War I he served with the rank of Corporal in the Engineers Corps of the Canadian Army; and after coming to Massachusetts, became active in various community, charitable and professional organizations. As Treasurer of the Onset Community Association, Member of the Board of Directors of the Spinney Memorial Hospital, Member of the Wareham Finance Committee for four years, organizer and first President of the Wayfarer's Masonic Club in Wareham which raised money and erected a splendid building 'for serving the Masons in the area and also as President of Railroad Local #791 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of Boston, our beloved Brother has demonstrated that the precepts'of Freemasonry can be made manifest by a life of service without as well as within the Lodge Room.

"Right Worshipful Brother MacKinnon was relieved from his worldly duties on June 28, 1975 at Wareham where services were held at the Church of the Good Shepard on June 30, which were attended by his many friends and Masonic associates. He is survived by his wife Elaine with whorn we share the loss of her beloved husband and our esteemed friend and Brother.

Respectfully submitted,
Linwood E. Proctor
Gardner S. McWilliams
Whitfield W. Johnson

Distinguished Brothers