Volume LVNovember 2008Number 4

In Memoriam John Linville McCain
101st Right Worshipful Grand Master, 1976-1977


John Linville McCain
Jan. 7, 1916 - Sept. 17, 2008

It is with deep sadness that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania announces the loss of one of its distinguished members, John Linville McCain, R.W.P.G.M. Bro. McCain passed away Sept. 17, 2008.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1916, the son of the late Harry Bailey McCain and Elizabeth Eva Coleman McCain. He married Genevieve B. Hachmeister McCain on June 28, 1941. He is survived by one son, Bro. John L. McCain, Jr., and two grandchildren.

Bro. McCain was a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area. He graduated from the public schools of suburban Dormont. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University in 1937. From 1937-1941, he took courses at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School and worked for the U.S. Steel Corporation at the Homestead and Irvin Works. He served as Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Warfare Service of the U.S. Army, 1941-1946, and rose to Major. Afterward, Bro. McCain joined his father-in-law's firm, Hachmeister Inc., as plant manager and was soon promoted to vice-president, a role he maintained through the acquisition of the company by H.J. Heinz Company, until his retirement in 1964.

Bro. McCain became a Mason in Milnor Lodge No. 287, Pittsburgh, in October 1948. He served as Worshipful Master in 1959 and trustee beginning in 1962. Bro. McCain was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the 55th Masonic District in 1964 and assumed the station of Junior Grand Warden in 1970. He also served as district chairman of the Masonic Culture Committee and as trustee of the Consolidated Fund and the Joseph W. Murray Fund.

In York Rite Masonry, he was a member of St. Clair Royal Arch Chapter No. 305, in which he served as trustee in 1963 and High Priest in 1973; Mt. Moriah Council No. 2 Royal and Select Master Masons; Pittsburgh Commandery No. 1; Knights Templar, in which he was Eminent Commander from 1969-1970 and trustee; Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216, Philadelphia; U.S. Premier Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine; Golden Triangle York Rite College No. 32; and Gateway to the West Council No. 5, Knight Masons, U.S.A.

In the Scottish Rite, he was a member of the Valley of Pittsburgh, where he served as Sovereign Prince of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem in 1965-1966 and trustee in 1966-1973. He was made an Honorary Member, 33º of the Supreme Council in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1970; elected an Active Member of Supreme Council in 1973 and Deputy for Pennsylvania in 1987. He also belonged to the Syria Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Court No. 2 of the Royal Order of Jesters; and Carlisle Chapter No. 130, Heroes of '76, of the National Sojourners.

Bro. McCain's other Masonic affiliations include the Masonic Veterans Association of Western Pennsylvania; Wa Cha Gree Forest No. 149 of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Islam Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R., Pittsburgh; Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London; and the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.

The first former member of DeMolay to become Grand Master of Pennsylvania, Bro. McCain joined the South Hills Chapter of the Order in 1931, serving as executive officer for Pennsylvania in 1982-1986 and as an Active Member of the DeMolay International Supreme Council. With the closing of the Patton Masonic Institution for Boys in Elizabethtown, he took the first steps to open the facility for Masonic youth programs.

Bro. McCain received the Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; the Meritorious Service Certificate from the Richmond Masonic Association of Staten Island; the Christopher Champlin Medal from the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island; the Virginia Craftsman Medal; the Henry Price Medal from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts; the Phillip C. Tucker Medal from the Grand Lodge of Vermont; the Josiah Hayden Drummond Award from the Grand Lodge of Maine; and the Order of the Purple Cross of the York Rite Sovereign College, of which he was an Associate Regent. Always supportive of the Masonic youth groups, he received the DeMolay Legion of Honor and the Grand Cross of Color from the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Bro. McCain was a member of the Southminister United Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon, where he served on the board of deacons. Previously, he belonged to the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church from 1928-1941. Bro. McCain was a member and president of the McKees Rocks Rotary Club, a member of the board of trustees of the Ohio Valley Hospital, director of the West End Federal Savings and Loan Association and regional director of the Atlantic Financial Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was a member of the Chartiers Country Club, the Ligonier Country Club, the Seaview Country Club, the Sea Pines Club, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association and the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania.


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