ROY PERRY MILES 1886-1947
Senior Grand Warden, 1940
From Proceedings, Page 1947-64:
Born at Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, May 18, 1886, the son of Linus Perry Miles and Jennie A. (Howard) Miles, he died at Springfield, Massachusetts, February 6, 1947.
Right Worshipful Brother Miles received the Entered Apprentice Degree February 18, 1913, in Belcher Lodge, the Fellow Craft Degree, March 25, 1913, in Belcher Lodge, and was made a Master Mason in Belcher Lodge Apri|22,1913. He was Worshipful Master of Belcher Lodge for the Masonic year 1918 and 1919 and was Treasurer of his Lodge from 1934 to 1947. He was Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge from 1927 to 1939 and from 1941 to the time of his death. He was Senior Grand Warden in 1940, receiving the Henry Price Medal in that year from Most Worshipful Joseph Earl Perry, Grand Master.
He received the Royal Arch Degree in Unity Chapter, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, April 26, 1916, and was its High Priest for the year 1921 and 1922. He received the Super Excellent Degree in Springfield Council, Royal and Select Masters, Springfield, Massachusetts, February 21, 1917, and the Order of the Temple in Springfield Commandery March 11, 1918.
He was Thrice Potent Master, Evening Star Lodge of Perfection, 1938 and 1939; Sovereign Prince, Massasoit Council Princes of Jerusalem, 1940 and 1941; Most Wise Master, Springfield Chapter Rose Croix, 1942 and 1943; and Second Lieutenant Commander in 1943, 1944 and 1945; and First Lieutenant Commander Connecticut Valley Consistory in 1946. He was coronetted a Thirty-third Degree Mason at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 25, 1945.
Right Worshipful Brother Miles was a graduate of the Chicopee Grammar and High Schools and from Lehigh University in 1908, with the Degree of Civil Engineer. At Lehigh University he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Tau Beta Phi, honorary engineering society. Shortly after his graduation from Lehigh University, his father died and for about a year he carried on the express business that his father had built up. He sold the express business in 1909 and went to work as a civil engineer for Cobb and Beesley, becoming a member of the firm in 1910, when the name was changed to Cobb, Beesley and Miles.
He was a member of the Engineering Society of Western Massachusetts; a member of Melha Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., since May 24, 1918, and engineer and Seneschal of Massachusetts Council of Deliberation, A.A.S.R.
Right Worshipful Brother Miles was a lifelong resident of Chicopee, where he took a leading part in many of its community activities. He served on the Chicopee Board of Appeals and was reappointed to the position, and the appointment was confirmed by the Board of Aldermen the Tuesday before his death. He was a Corporator of the Chicopee Falls Savings Bank and attended that body on every occasion where his attendance was necessary. Until recent years, he was also a member of the Ludlow Country Club and was an inveterate golfer at that time. In former years he was also fond of fishing, and for a while his pet hobby was photography.
Outside of his work, everything Brother Miles seemed to do was tied up with Masonry, of which his knowledge was widely sought. He was never too busy to give an answer. He was a friendly person; quiet, unassuming and disliked ostentation of any kind, especially where his own affairs were concerned. He liked simplicity and sought no personal aggrandizement.
Of Right Worshipful Brother Roy Perry Miles it can truthfully be said he really lived his Masonry.
Funeral services were held in Springfield Saturday, February 8, 1947, at 2:00 p.m.
"I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears -
Both parts of an infinite plan;
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man."
George Emery Green
William W. Yerrall
Edwin A. Hulton