St. James History

St. James Lodge #80 which meets regularly on the second Tuesday of every month, at 8:00 p.m., except in July and August, and practices the Canadian Masonic ritual.

Degrees are conferred at emergent meetings on a fourth Tuesday in Freemasons Hall, 15302 Pacific Avenue, White Rock, B.C., Canada, V4B 1P9

St. James Lodge has had an interesting history from its very foundation. Instituted as “St. Andrew’s Lodge” in March 1915 by M.W.Bro. James Stark, it was eventually consecrated in June 1915 as “St. James Lodge” by the then Grand Master, M.W.Bro. W.C. Ditmar, in the Vancouver Masonic Temple on Seymour Street.

Its members originated from backgrounds in forestry, mining, police and hydro, although in the 80’s, there was a significant influx of DeMolay members, who, to this day, provide firm leadership in the performance of fine ritual.

Eventually, the foresighted Brethren of the Lodge decided that a better future lay in the suburbs, and, in 1990 it was moved to its present address, where it pursues a productive existence.

It has two significant occasions every year – a “Roll Call” night in March, at which all members, past and present, are honoured, and a formal dinner is served – and a Pub Night in May to raise funds for the various Lodge charity activities. The Current Master would be absolutely delighted to welcome any Freemasons at our Communications!

Contributed by: Rt. Wor. Bro. Allan Large

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Famous Masons In History

July 18, 1913 - September 17, 1997

"Good night, and may God bless.Red Skelton another famous Mason in history

The son of a former circus clown vaudevillian, comedian Red Skelton left home at ten to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at fifteen. He debuted on Broadway and radio in 1937 and on film in 1938. "The Red Skelton Show" premiered on NBC in 1951. For two decades, until 1971, his show consistently stayed in the top twenty, both on NBC and CBS. One stand-up comedy routine, "A wee dog", is reputed to be of especial interest to freemasons.

Skelton was a major supporter of children’s charities, including the Shriners' Crippled Children’s Hospital and the Red Skelton Foundation in Vincennes, Indiana.

Vincennes Lodge No. 1, Indiana

  • Raised: September 20, 1939

Source: Scottish Rite Journal