|Volume LIII||May 2006||Number 2|
Winfield Scott Stoner
100th Right Worshipful Grand Master, 1990-1991
July 15, 1939-March 1, 2006
It is with deep sadness that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania announces the loss of one of its distinguished members, Winfield Scott Stoner, R.W.P.G.M. Bro. Stoner passed away March 1, 2006.
He was born July 15, 1939, the son of the late Haines Gilbert Stoner and Ruth Murray Stoner Rineer. Married to Phyllis Lamson Stoner since Oct. 23, 1965, they are the parents of two daughters, Karen Elizabeth and Cheryl Lynn, and have three grandchildren.
A lifelong resident of Lancaster, Pa., Bro. Stoner graduated from Hempfield High School in 1957 and Penn State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He served in the U.S. Army as a specialist fourth class, 1963-1965. A certified public accountant, Bro. Stoner joined the accounting firm of Dorwart, Andrew and Co., in 1966. He was admitted to the partnership of that firm in 1973, and after retiring in 1997, he became a consultant with the firm.
Bro. Stoner received his Blue Lodge Degrees in 1966. He served as Master of Casiphia Lodge No. 551 in Mount Joy, 1973-1974; as Treasurer, 1976-1977; and as Representative in the Grand Lodge, 1978-1983. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District No. 1 in 1977 and assumed the station of Junior Grand Warden in 1983. Bro. Stoner served on the Committee on Masonic Homes and the Consolidated Fund Committee, 1984-1992. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the former Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Children and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the former Pennsylvania Youth Foundation (these two charities have since merged).
In York Rite Masonry, he was a member of Royal Arch Chapter No. 43, Goodwin Council No. 19, Royal and Select Master Masons and Past Commander of Lancaster Commandery No. 13, Knights Templar. He was appointed to the Knights Templar Educational Foundation as a Consultant and was made an Honorary Past Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Pennsylvania.
In the Scottish Rite, Bro. Stoner was a member of the Valley of Lancaster and was a Past Thrice Potent Master and Trustee of the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection. He was also a member of the Harrisburg Council, of Princes of Jerusalem, Harrisburg Chapter of Rose Croix and Harrisburg Consistory. He was coroneted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, in Boston in 1984.
Bro. Stoner's other Masonic affiliations include membership in Zembo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, High Twelve Club, Lancaster County Shrine Club, York Conclave and Red Cross of Constantine. Active in the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay, he received both the Legion and the Cross of Honor. He was a former chapter advisor and council chairman for the Lancaster Chapter.
He was the recipient of the Grand Cross of Color from the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, the Bronze Medallion from the Chapel of Four Chaplains, the Charles H. Johnson Medal from the Grand Lodge of New York, the Josiah Hayden Drummond Medal from the Grand Lodge of Maine and the Knight Commander of the Temple Award from the Grand Encampment Knights Templar.
He served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the 32° Masonic Learning Centers for Children, Inc. He also served as President of the board of directors and Executive Committee for The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association in Alexandria, Va., and formerly served as Treasurer of the Masonic Renewal Committee of North America.
In the community, Bro. Stoner was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Lancaster and was board member of Lutheran Social Services, East Region. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Lancaster and a former long-time member of Zion Lutheran Church in Landisville, where he sang in the choir and served on the Finance Committee and Church Council.
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