WALTER EVERETT DOW 1871-1945
From the collection of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
Junior Grand Steward, 1925
Junior Grand Warden, 1933
From Proceedings, Page 1945-52:
Brother Dow was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, November 30, 1871, the son of Right Worshipful Albert Freeman and Mary (Everett) Dow.
Soon afterwards, the family moved to Fall River where he received his education and where, at the age of sixteen, he entered the employment of the American Printing Company. In 1928, after forty-one years of loyal service, during which time he had advanced to the position of office manager, he retired. Since 1932, he has been the local agent for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States.
Although he was not made a Mason until he was forty-four years of age, he has since that time held many offices in the various Masonic organizations, thus following in the footsteps of his father, who in 1912 was Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
He was raised in Massasoit Lodge May 10, 1916, and served as Worshipful Master in 1923. He was appointed Junior Grand Steward in 1925, District Deputy Grand Master for the (Fall River) 30th District in 1927 and 1928, and in 1933, was elected Junior Grand Warden. As a Permanent Member of Grand Lodge, he served on the Board of Masonic Relief and as a member of the Education Committee.
He was a Charter Member of Watuppa Lodge and in 1929 became their second Worshipful Master. Since 1941, he has served this Lodge as Secretary.
He was a member of Fall River Royal Arch Chapter, a Past Illustrious Master of Fall River Council, Royal and Select Masters, Grand Conductor in the Grand Council and a Past Commander of Godfrey de Bouillon Commandery No. 25, Knights Templar.
In the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Bodies, he served as Orator of Fall River Lodge of Perfection, Sovereign Prince in Samuel C. Lawrence Council, Princes of Jerusalem, was a member of St. Andrew Chapter, Rose Croix, and from 1928 through 1930, was Orator in the Massachusetts Consistory.
At the age of eighteen, he became a member of the Central Congregational Church and for the past forty-four years served as Clerk of the Church. He has been a Deacon since 1921 and at his death was Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Society and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church.
He was greatly interested in all charitable works of the community and during World War I, served as Treasurer of the local group of Near East Relief.
He passed away in Fall River, February 3, 1945, where memorial services were held for him in the Church he served so Iong and well. A large gathering of friends and Brothers were present to pay their sincere respect to one who will linger long in their memories. His widow, Mary T. (Read) Dow, one son, Carlton T. and three grandchildren survive.
Brother Dow met you with a smile. His quiet witticism, unfaltering desire to greet and speak well of everyone, gave to him the respect and friendship due the true Masonic gentleman of which he was a perfect example. He never failed to put into practice the lessons he had learned so well. No one could do more.
Austin M. Thresher
Raymond V. Borden
Jacob H. Sundel