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Deputy Grand Master, 1954


From Proceedings, Page 1975-156:

"Right Worshipful Willard price Lombard was born in Drayton Island, Florida, July 30, 1889, the son of Fred Ernest Lombard and Elizabeth G. Price Lombard. At the age of seven he moved to Everett, where he received his early education in the Everett public Schools, after which he entered Harvard, and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws cum laude at Boston University School oI Law in 1911. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1911 and in a short time became a partner in the law firm of Stover, Sweetser and Lombard, of which he was the Senior partner for many years prior to his death.

"Five months after his graduation from law school, he was elected to the City Council of Everett and six years later served as City Solicitor. The following year he was elected a member of the State Legislature. Before the age of thirty, he became Director of the Everett National Bank, a Trustee o{ the Everett Savings Bank and a Corporator of the Chelsea Savings Bank. For a number of years he held a professorship in Law at Suffolk University and for many years was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Curry College, which honored him with an Honorary Doctors Degree.

"Although fully engaged in professional and civic activities, he found time for a glorious performance in Masonry.

  • Raised in Palestine Lodge, Everett January 11, 1912
  • Charter Member Galilean Lodge 1922
  • Worshipful Master, Palestine Lodge 1923
  • Senior Grand Deacon 1926
  • District Deputy Grand Master, Malden 7th District 1927 - 1928
  • Exalted, Bethesda Royal Arch Chapter May 25, 1920
  • Knighted, Beauseant Commandery June 29, 1920
  • Greeted, Naphtali Council Royal and Select Masters May 26, 1922
  • Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Boston April, 1945
  • Illustrious Potentate, Aleppo Temple 1944
  • Royal Director, National Court, Royal Order of Jesters 1946
  • Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, 1953
  • Deputy Grand Master, 1954
  • Henry Price Medal, 1954
  • Veteran's 50-year Medal, 1961
  • 50-year Past Master's Certificate, 1974

"He was an Honorary Member of Palestine Lodge. In addition to his Masonic activities, he became interested in the Order of DeMolay and on the recommendation of M.W. Melvin Maynard Johnson, in 1951, he was appointed Executive Officer for DeMolay in Massachusetts and an Active Member and Officer of the International Supreme Council of which he became its International Grand Master in 1961.

"Our Right Worshipful Brother was united in marriage with Maude L. Freeman on February 8, 1917 and subsequently in 1940, he married Edith M. Colgate, who preceded him in death. He is survived by a son, Willard C. Lombard of Arlington, Massachusetts and a daughter, Mrs. Noel Lombard Grossman of Concord, New Hampshire.

"Right Worshipful Brother Lombard entered the Lodge Eternal on June 29, 1975 from his home in Wakefield after a prolonged period of failing health. Those of us who were privileged to sit with him at the June Communication of Grand Lodge marvelled at his courage and fortitude in subjecting himself to the physical strain necessary to sit once more in the Grand Lodge which had honored him and which he had so faithfully and devotedly served. A vast outpouring of his admiring friends and associates paid him their last tribute of affection and devotion at the {uneral services which were held at the First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield on July 3, 1975. Thus once more did a faithful and dedicated servant of Freemasonry embark on the glorious journey of Immortality to that bourne from which no traveler returns where his reward of eternal rest arvaited his coming.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert A. Barker
William J. Strong
Whitfield W. Johnson

Distinguished Brothers