Gerry Lougheed Jr is a member of the “Order Of The Lion Of Finland” and a “Worshipful Master” of Freemasonry
The Annual Lodge Memorial Service was conducted under the direction of the Worshipful Master. Bro. Gerry Lougheed Jr., presented an address.
Finnish Ambassador Charles Murto, along with (R.W. Bro.) Brian Koivu (Algonquin Lodge No. 536), president of the Sudbury Finnish Rest Home Society, presented the Order of the Lion of Finland to (Bro.) Gerry Lougheed Jr. (Nickel Lodge No. 427) at Finlandia Village, 233 Fourth Ave, in the new Voima Hall. The Order of the Lion of Finland is one of three official orders in Finland. It was founded on Sept. 11, 1942, and is awarded for civilian and military merit.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons, which from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of masons and their interaction with authorities and clients. The degrees of freemasonry, its gradal system, retain the three grades of medieval craft guilds, those of Apprentice, journeyman or fellow (now called Fellowcraft), and Master Mason. These are the degrees offered by craft, or blue lodge Freemasonry. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are now administered by different bodies than the craft degrees.
The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the lodge. The lodges are usually supervised and governed at the regional level (usually coterminous with either a state, province, or national border) by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient. There is no international, world-wide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry.
Gerry Lougheed Jr. is a founding member of the ‘Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers.’ His father Gerry Sr. was a member since 1951 and became President in 1964.
Rotary Club celebrates centennial
The Rotary Club was started on Feb. 23, 1905 by American lawyer Paul Harris, and celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. The Rotary Club of Sudbury was started in 1924, and Gerry Lougheed Jr. founded the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers in 1991.
Lougheed certainly isnt the first in his family to be involved in the Rotary Club. His father, Gerry Sr., first joined the club in 1952, and was president of Sudbury Rotary Club in 1964. His mother, Marguerite, and brother, Geoffrey, have also been involved.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.
The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris’ friend Gustave E. Loehr’s office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905. In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer and freemason)
Gerry Lougheed’s father had even more nefarious connections.
The Sudbury Shrine Club Scimitar
It is with sadness we regret to inform you of the passing of :
Noble Gerry Lougheed Sr.
Shriners International, previously known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.) and also commonly known as Shriners, was established in 1870, and is an appendant body to Freemasonry.
Gerry Sr. is seen below in a Freemasonry publication wearing the St. John of Jerusalem Star
Bro. Lougheed a respected businessman in Sudbury who with his wife Marguerite founded the Lougheed’s Limited in 1952. With much hard work and vision they established one of the largest funeral and floral companies in Canada.
Bro. Lougheed has been a member of the local Rotary Club since 1952, holding every office and served on several district committees. He has been awarded The Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his humanitarian work. Besides his work with the Rotary Club, Lougheed rebuilt St. John Ambulance in Greater Sudbury. St. John Ambulance provides services like first aid at many events. On Oct. 26, 1990, he became the first Sudburian ever to be knighted at a ceremony performed by the Governor General of Canada, Ramon Hnatyshyn.
Gerry Sr. and Gerry Jr.’s brother Geoffery are the only Father/Son members of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in Canada.
In Memory of Gerald Malcolm “Gerry” Lougheed Sr.
When his son Geoffrey was also knighted under the auspices of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem making Gerry Sr. and Geoffrey the only father/son Knights in Canada, a Lougheed crest was commissioned to commemorate that historic event. The motto on the crest is “Servire est vivere” (to serve is to live). Gerald M. Lougheed Sr. has by his service lived well and now hears the Lord’s words; “Well done good and faithful servant, enter yours is the Kingdom of Heaven”.
Lougheed Family Crest
Gerry Lougheed Jr. photographed here wearing his Order Of St. Jerusalem family crest
Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Italian: Sovrano Militare Ordine Ospedaliero di San Giovanni di Gerusalemme di Rodi e di Malta), also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), Order of Malta or Knights of Malta, is a Roman Catholic lay religious order of, traditionally, a military, chivalrous and noble nature. It is the world’s oldest surviving order of chivalry. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is headquartered in Rome, Italy, and is widely considered a sovereign subject of international law.
The St. John Of Jerusalem Star that Gerry Lougheed Sr is wearing is a Maltese Cross which signifies a deep personal allegiance to The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta.
The Maltese cross, in Italy also known as the Amalfi cross, is the cross symbol associated with the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta) and by extension with the island of Malta.
Both the Order of Saint John (in German, the Johanniterorden) and the Venerable Order of St John teach that the eight points of the cross represent the eight Beatitudes. The Venerable Order’s main service organisation, St John Ambulance, has applied secular meanings to the points as representing the traits of a good first aider:
Observant (“that he may note the causes and signs of injury”)
Tactful (“that he may without thoughtless questions learn the symptoms and history of the case, and secure the confidence of the patients and bystanders”)
Resourceful (“That he may use to the best advantage whatever is at hand to prevent further damage, and to assist Nature’s efforts to repair the mischief already done”)
Dextrous (“that he may handle a patient without causing unnecessary pain, and use appliances efficiently and neatly”)
Explicit (“that he may give clear instructions to the patient or the bystanders how best to assist him”)
Discriminating (“that he may decide which of several injuries presses most for treatment by himself, what can best be left for the patient or bystanders to do, and what should be left for the medical men”)
Persevering (“that he may continue his efforts, though not at first successful.”)
Sympathetic (“that he may give real comfort and encouragement to the suffering”)
The Maltese cross remains the symbol of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, of the Order of Saint John and its allied orders, of the Venerable Order of Saint John, and of their various service organisations.
That’s where the “Kingmaker” got his crowns.