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Grand Master 1964-1965


On Monday, May 18th. 1964, Charles Roscoe Bonnemort, of Rhodes Lodge, No. 44, F, & A. M., Warwick, Rhode Island, was elected and installed as the One Hundred and Ninth Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the Suite of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, at. the time of the One Hundred and Seventy-fourth Annual Communication held in Providence, Rhode Island.

Most Worshipful Brother Bonnemort was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 15, 1912, the son of Charles .1. and Irene (Cobb) Bonnemort. The Bonnemort family moved the same year to Dedham, Massachusetts where Brother Bonnemort was educated in the public schools system. He attended the Cooper Union School of Engineering and was graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1933. He further extended his education by graduating from the New York Deisel Institute and took several extension courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Rhode Island. Brother Bonnemort was associated with a Boston firm for several years and in 1943 was transferred to the Rhode Island territory. In 1947 he resigned in order to start his own business, then known as the C. R. Bonnemort Company and now known as the B. & G. Refractories, Inc.

On October 2, 1937, he was married to the former Edythe Uollund and they have two daughters—Lynn Irene, wife of Brother Robert B Jellison, presently residing in Midland, Texas, and Marcia Ann, wife of John S. Luetzelschwab presently residing in Saint Louis Missouri.

He is a member of the Westminster Unitarian Church in Providence and was a member of the Choir for several years. He was formerly a member of the Providence Lions Club and the New England Association of Power Engineers. He is a member of the Craftsman Council of Engineers. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Cranston Assembly No. 2 Order of Rainbow for Girls, and in 1959 was awarded the Grand Cross of Color by the Order of Rainlx>w. Brother Bonnemort's Masonic life began in September, 1944 when he took his Master Mason Degree in Rhodes Lodge, No. 44, F. & A. M., which at that time met in the City of Cranston. Since then Rhodes Lodge has moved to the Masonic Temple in Warwick, Rhode Island. He served the Lodge as their Worshipful Master in 1952-1953 and also served as the Secretary of Rhodes Lodge until such time as the Iodge was able to elect and install a permanent Secretary.

He became a member of Harmony Chapter, No. 15, R. A. M., in December, 1946 and a member of Doric Council, No. 7, R. & S. M., in January, 1952. He was received into the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Providence, in December, 1960.

Brother Bonnemort holds Honorary Memberships in Warwick Lodge No. 16, F. & A. M., Warwick: Nathanael Greene Lodge No. 45, F. & A. M., Warwick and Daylight Lodge No. 48, F. & A. M., Providence, along with the Narragansett Bay Chapter, No. 14, National Sojourners. He has given much time and interest in aiding Daylight Lodge, No. 48, our youngest Lodge in Rhode Island, to becoming a Lodge of Masons among our older and established Lodges in this Jurisdiction.

On June 5, 1961, he was made a Life Member of Rhodes Lodge, No. 44, and on November 1, 1964, was made a Life Member of the Universal Craftsman Council of Engineers. On May 13, 1965, he was made a Prophet at Sight, by Ill. Brother Carl R. Mitchell, Grand Monarch of the Supreme Council of the International Grotto of North America and at the same time was a recipient of a Life Membership in the Moslem Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R., Providence. In 1953 he was appointed Assistant Grand Lecturer for the Fifth Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island; and in May, 1955, Most Worshipful Brother Alton T. Curtis appointed him as Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master of the Seventh Masonic District.

In December, 1964, he was awarded the Henry Price Medal, for Distinguished Masonic Service, by Most Worshipful Brother A. Neill Osgood, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, A. F. & A. M.

In February, 1965, Brother Bonnemort was honored by the Grand Masters of the United States and Canada, in electing him as their Vice Chairman at the Grand Masters Conference which was being held in Washington, D. C. He also holds the posit it ion as the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Florida, F. & A. M., near the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

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