Worshipful Masters Of Ashlar Lodge No. 3

John Waldie Manion (1929-2015) was Worshipful Master of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 in 1965 and 1979. He was also District Deputy Grand Master for District 5 in 1981.

He was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon in 1992-1993.

Here is some information of MWB John Waldie Manion taken from various sources:

“MW Bro. Waldie Manion resided for much of his life in West Vancouver although during his career he has been resident in many parts of the province, and of the world. He was born in Bamfield, BC, raised in Port Alberni and on his grandfather’s farm at Cedar, and graduated from high school in Ladysmith. He later retired to Campbell River.

MW Bro. Manion was initiated into Ashlar Lodge No. 3 on 22 April 1957, passed on 10 June 1957 and raised on 24 September 1957. He served as Worshipful Master of Ashlar Lodge in 1965 and again in 1979. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for Nanaimo District No. 5 in 1981. Instrumental in the founding of Mackenzie Lodge No. 186, he served as the first Senior Warden and as Worshipful Master in 1985. He was also a founding member of Chetwynd Lodge No. 187 in 1986. He affiliated with Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 72 in 1993, as an honourary member of Mount Garibaldi Lodge No. 127 in 1994, and with Manoah Lodge No. 141 in 1999.

Serving as Grand Master for 1992-1993, he actively promoted the value of planning; encouraging lodges to initiate strategic and action plans, and creating a Craft Review Committee.

After high school he went to work as a logger, commencing a career in forestry that continued for 47 years — the last 35 in pulp and paper. Earlier employed by an international engineering firm, he retired as vice-president for Western Forest Products in October of 1996.

He is a past chairman of the Board of School Trustees of Nanaimo School District No. 68, a past board member of the Central Vancouver Island Board of Health, and a past chairman of the Cranberry Improvement District. He was an avid sportsman, having spent much time coaching and managing minor sports teams. Hunting and fishing were his prime pastimes.

His great-grandfather was MW Bro. Marcus Wolfe, Grand Master of this jurisdiction for 1891-1892. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.”

(Source: Grand Lodge of B.C. & Yukon)

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