ARTHUR R. COLE, JR. 1929-2010
Grand Master 1995-1996
Arthur R. Cole, Jr., was a member of St. John's Lodge No. 1P, was elected and installed the One Hundred Fortieth Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the Two Hundred Fourth Annual Communication held at Freemasons’ Hall, East Providence, Rhode Island on May 15, 1995.
Most Worshipful Brother Cole was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on August 23, 1929, the son of Arthur R. Cole and Uela (Bennett) Cole. A graduate of Woonsocket High School and Bryant College, Arthur entered the US Army in August 1948, served for five years in Germany and was discharged in May, 1954. Arthur then entered the Army Reserve Corp and retired in December 1979 with the rank of Sargeant Major. He is the father of Thomas A. Cole and Vicki Jean Cole.
Most Worshipful Brother Cole is the proud son of Right Worshipful Past Grand Marshal and Past Grand Secretary, Arthur R. Cole.
On December 27, 1978 Arthur was elected Master of St. John's No. 1P and has served as Master of Ceremonies and Assistant Master of Ceremonies since that time. Brother Cole also served as Assistant Grand Lecturer for the First Masonic District for some seven years prior to being appointed as District Deputy Grand Master for the Sixth Masonic District by Most Worshipful Past Grand Master, William H. Abbey. Brother Cole served in the Sixth, Fifth, Third, Second and First Districts prior to being elected the Grand Council.
Most Worshipful Brother Cole is a member of Scottish Rite, Valley of Providence, Harmony Chapter, Doric Council, St. Johns Commandery, Knights Templar, all York Rite Bodies, Palestine Temple, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, National Sojourners, Red Cross of Constantine, Sword of Bunker Hill, and Masonic Veterans Association. Brother Cole is also a member of Overseas Lodge No. 40 and an Honorary Member of Thomas Smith Webb No. 43 and Nestell Lodge No. 37.
Most Worshipful Brother Cole is Past President of Gaspee Day Committee; Cranston Bicentennial Commission; Charter Member of Ocean State Blood Bank, and Captain in the Bristol Train of Artillery.
Brother Cole has retired from the field of accounting and now enjoys gardening and traveling with his wife Patricia.