It is with deep sadness that Holbrook Lodge announces the passing to the Celestial Lodge of one of its long time members. WB Gene Walters, Past Master and Past Secretary passed to the Celestial Lodge, not made with human hands yesterday, Saturday September 29th. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Forest Grove.
WB Gene was born on January 27, 1941. He was initiated a Entered Apprentice Mason on June 12, 1979, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on October 9, 1979 and raised a Master Mason in Progressive Lodge on January 29, 1980.
He transferred his membership in the merger of Progressive Lodge with Holbrook Lodge in November of 1997. He served as Worshipful Master in Holbrook Lodge in 1987, and also served as Secretary for a time after that. Worshipful Brother Gene operated Genes Barber Shop in Forest Grove for a long number of years, retiring about 4 years ago. You could always get a good conversation in Brother Genes barber chair.
I was privileged to have a couple of phone conversations with Brother Gene this past week. He knew his time was short and he shared some good stories of Holbrook and Progressive Lodge with me, and related some of the things the Brothers shared over the years, and how he valued his friendship with my father, WB Donald Wiley.
I am truly honored that I was able to have these conversations with him. This is what Masonry is all about. A memorial service is being planned and the family will announce those details shortly.
WB Gene will be honored with an altar draping and moment of silence during Holbrook Lodge’s stated communication on Tuesday night, October 2, 2018. Details of the memorial service will be announced as soon as we know them.
Holbrook Lodge # 30 initiated Gregory Arthur Higgs an Entered Apprentice Mason last night. Our degree team with WB Don Anderson as Worshipful Master, and an excellent Lecture from Brother Duane Petrowsky from Tuality Lodge # 6, and an apron lecture from WB Art Thompson also. Thank you to the Brothers from Tuality # 6 for their help. ... See MoreSee Less