|Volume LIX||May 2012||Number 2|
Thomas Hopkins, District Deputy Grand Master
It is with deep sadness that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania announces the loss of one of its distinguished members, Thomas Hopkins, District Deputy Grand Master for District B. Bro. Hopkins passed away on March 21.
Bro. Hopkins was born in Philadelphia and most recently lived in Jamison, Pa. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Hopkins, and their children, Audrey, David and William.
Bro. Hopkins graduated from Mastbaum High School. He was employed as an instructor for Philadephia OIC.
Bro. Hopkins was made a Mason in Pilgrim Lodge No. 712, Philadelphia, in 1997 and served as Worshipful Master in 2003-2004 and in many other appointed and elected offices. He received the Grand Master's Achievement Award in 2004 and the Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains in 2005.
A member of the Masonic School of Instruction, Bro. Hopkins served as instructor and secretary. He was the District Deputy Grand Master for District B from 2008 until his passing.
In Temple-Melita Royal Arch Chapter #183, he served as Most Excellent High Priest and Order of High Priesthood. In Columbia-Keystone Royal Arch Chapter #3, he served as chaplain.
Bro. Hopkins served as Thrice Illustrious Master and recorder for Joppa Council #46, and received the Cryptic Mason of the Year Award in 2006 for District #9 and the State of Pennsylvania. He also was a member of the Council of Anointed Kings, St. John's Commandery #4 K.T., Mary Commandery #36, Line Officers & Past Commanders Association, Girard Mark Lodge #214, Allied Masonic Degree's James M. Alter Council #446, Penn Council #13 Knight Masons of the U.S.A., Liberty Bell York Rite College #136, Royal Order of Scotland, Order of St. Thomas of Acon Novum Eboracum Chapel #51, Joshua Association, Valley of Philadelphia, A.A.S.R., and LuLu Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S.
In the community, Bro. Hopkins served as a fund raising chairman and a management team co-chairman for the Special Olympics and as a logistics team captain for the American Cancer Society.
Bro. Hopkins enjoyed golf, cooking and gardening.
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