Ivan Mater honoured for 70-years a Mason
By John Phair
A long-time Sarnia businessman and real estate developer was recently honoured for 70 years of membership in the Masonic Lodge.
In special ceremony held at Alexandra/Inwood
Lodge No. 158 in Oil Springs, Mr. Mater was presented with a gold pin in recognition of his 70 years of service to the Masonic Order.
Making the presentation was M. Wor. Bro. Gary L. Atkinson, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province
Assisting him was Rt. Wor. Bro. Hugh Fleming, District Deputy Grand Master of the Sarnia District.
M. Wor. Bro. Atkinson said it was a privilege to pay respect to such an esteemed and respected member of the Masonic Fraternity.
“You don’t know how honoured I am to be able to this,” he said, adding that 10-years ago he had presented Bro. Mater with his 60-year pin.
M. Wor. Bro. Atkinson noted that Freemasonry teaches that proper reverence and veneration
be given to those whose years have brought them to places of eminence in the craft.
He added that it is a happy occasion when years of age, standing united with years of service, bring honour and esteem.
“Tonight we are gathered to recognize
a memorable occasion in our brother’s Masonic career,” he said.
“70 years of devotion to the ideals of our ancient and honourable fraternity; what a milestone that is.”
Born in Euphemia Township, Mater was initiated in
Inwood Lodge No. (which later merged with Alexandra Lodge No. 158 in Oil Springs) Oct. 1, 1945, passed to the second degree Oct. 3, 1955, raised the third degree Feb. 6, 1956. He became a life member in 2,000, received his 50-year pin Dec. 4, 1995 and a 60-year
pin Sept. 23, 2005.
In accepting the honour Mater noted that after spending four years in the Navy during the second world war, one of the first things he did upon returning home was join the Masonic Lodge, adding that after crossing the Atlantic 30
times dodging submarines he felt lucky to be alive.
He noted that as boy growing up he was highly impressed with a neighbour, the late Gerry Ferguson, a former District Deputy Grand Master of the Sarnia District and it was he who inspired him to join
the Mason Lodge.
He noted that he had not always been as active in the fraternity as he would have liked, largely because he was busy with his building business.
“However, I have always thought joining the Masonic Lodge was a very important
step in my life and a very wonderful organization,” he said.
“It’s been a pleasure to have been a member of the lodge for all of those 70 years.”
On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Canada, Rt. Wor. Bro. Hugh Fleming, District
Deputy Grand Master of the Sarnia District, congratulated Bro. Mater “for 70 years of zeal and passion to the principles of Freemasonry.”
The Masonic Order is a fraternal organization with more than 3.2 million members world-wide.