Friday, February 20, 2009

Eternal Rest for MW Raymond Beaver

Last Wednesday, I learned of the passing of Most Worshipful Raymond L. Beaver, who was carried to the temple, the house not made with hands on Tuesday February 17, 2009. MW Brother Ray was Grand Master of Masons in Alaska in 1999. He introduced our Grand Lodge to the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program, which was institutionalized as our Grand Lodge charity by MW Charles Corbin in 2001. MW Ray had a great desire to improve the lives of young people who were at risk of abuse. He was a kind and gentle soul and will be greatly missed.

MW Ray was born in Cranberry, WV September 12, 1931. He was Initiated on January 12, 1960, Passed on March 15, 1960, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on May 3, 1960, all in Village Lodge No. 315 in Florida. MW Ray suffered from diabetes the last several years and was cared for by his wife Marilyn, who preceded him in death last year.

Most glorious God, author of all good and giver of all mercy, pour down Thy bless­ings upon us and strengthen our solemn engagements with the ties of sincere affection. May the present instance of mortality remind us of our own approaching fate and, by drawing our attention toward Thee the only refuge in time of need, induce us to regulate our conduct here, that when the final moment shall arrive at which we must quit this transitory scene, the enlivening prospect of Thy mercy may dispel the fear of death; and that after our departure hence, in peace and Thy favor, we may be received into Thine everlasting kingdom and there join in union with our friend and enjoy that uninterrupted and unceasing felicity which is allotted to the souls of just men made perfect.

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