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Senior Grand Steward, 1908
Junior Grand Warden, 1910


From Proceedings, Page 1918-37:

Right Worshipful Walter F. Medding, Past Junior Grand Warden of {he Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, died at his home in Malden September 14, 1917, in the fifty-fifth year of his age. Right Worshipful Brother Medding had been for thirty-seven years in the employ of the Boston Rubber Shoe Company, and during two thirds of that period. was paymaster of the corporation. He was one whose assistance and cooperation were frequently sought by the employees and he was much beloved by them.

His activities in the Masonic world had, perhaps, pre: vented his acceptance of municipal office or activity in the political affairs of his city where, however, he was well and favorably known as a citizen and highly respected for his many virtues. He was stricken totally blind a month prior to his death and during that period, when confined. closely to his bed and under treatment for this affliction, he exhibited a rare degree of patience and cheerfulness which only ended with his sudden passing from earth at a time when it was hoped the trouble with his eyes had begun to yield to the treatment. He will be much missed in his various Masonic affiliations to which he had always brought faithfulness and excellent service.

His Masonic record is is follows:
He was raised to the degree of Master Mason in Mount Vernon Lodge May 13, 1882. He was appointed Junior Steward November 7, 1889, served through all the subordinate offices, and was elected. Worshipfui Master November 3, 1898, serving two years. He served the Grand Lodge as Senior Grand Steward in 1908, was District Deputy Grand Master of the Seventh Masonic District in 1906 and 1907, and was elected Junior Grand Warden December 8, 1909.

He was exalted in the Royal Arch Chapter of the Tabernacle January 20, 1890. He served in the offices of Master of the Second and Third Veils, Royal Arch Captain, Scribe, and King, and was elected High Priest June 19, 1905, serving one year. He served in the Grand Chapter as Grand Captain of the Host in 1908 and was elected Grand Scribe in December 1909. He received the Cryptic Degrees in Melrose Council in June 1890, and held the office of Principal Conductor of the Work in 1891 and 1892, and in September 1893 was elected Thrice Illustrious Master, serving two years. In the Grand Council he was Grand Master of Ceremonies in 1894 and 1895, Deputy Grand Master in 1896, and Grand Lecturer in 1898 and 1899. He was knighted in Beauseant Commandery April 27, 1891, served in the offices of Warder, Senior Warden, Captain General, and Generalissimo, and was elected Eminent Commander September 23, 1.9q1, serving one year. He was Treasurer from January 24, 1916, until the time of his death.

He was also a member of the Charity Committee of Mount Vernon Lodge for fourteen years, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Permanent Fund of Melrose Council and Beauseant Commandery for the same time, and a member of the Masonic Board of Relief for one year.

In the Grand Commandery he held the offices of Grand Lecturer in 1906 and 1907, Grand Standard Bearer in 1908, Grand Junior Warden in 1909, Grand Senior Warden in 1910, Grand Captain General in 1911, Grand Generalissimo in 1912, Deputy Grand Commander in 1913, and was elected Grand Commander October 29, 1914, serving one year.

He was enrolled in Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F, Gates Council; Princes of Jerusalem, and Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, in February 1905, and in Massachusetts Consistory in April of the same year. He was Master of Ceremonies in the Lodge of Perfection at the time of his death.

His funeral was held. Sunday afternoon; September 16th, at the First Parish Universalist Church, Malden, which he had always attended., and was conducted by Reverend Brother Richard Eddy Sykes, after which the-burial service of the Grand Commandery was rendered try Right Eminent Samuel D Sherwood, assisted by the Grand Prelate. The burial was at Forestdale Cemetery. He is survived. by a wife and one son.

Dana J. Flanders,
Harry P. Ballard,
George A. Chisholm

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