Wor. Bro. William Morgan Reid, PM, Fairmont Lodge No. 9, AF&AM, was laid to rest with Masonic honors this afternoon.
There were no "uh"s uttered during the ritual.
The estate's heirs have given all of Bill's Masonic memorabilia (an astonishing amount) to the Executor (that would be me), and the Executor has in turn handed it over to Wor. Bro. Gary Donaldson, who will bring it to lodges and spread it around, and will notify the brethren on Phil's email at the time. After strict search, we did find ONE sport jacket which did NOT have a Masonic lapel pin on it.
I sincerely thank the brothers for the support shown to Bill during the past two months. Bro. Donaldson (and his exquisite wife Gracie), Bro. Gary Bolyard (whose daughter, Leigh Ann, sang The Lord's Prayer during the service, absolutely haunting), "Brother Doc," Bro. Brad Miller, MD, Wor. Bro. Harold Phillips, the telegraph man, and many, many other brothers fulfilled their obligation to Billy in full.
Remember, brethren, that there is a brother, Don Sirk, who remains in Fitzwater's Nursing Home right beside my office. Bro. Don has NO family, NO visitors, and thus we need to extend brotherly love to Bro. Don.