Volume LVNovember 2008Number 4

In Memoriam Thomas H. Burgess
R.W. Past Grand Warden


Thomas H. Burgess
Sept. 5, 1928 - Aug. 30, 2008

It is with deep sadness that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania announces the loss of one of its distinguished members, Thomas H. Burgess, R.W. Past Grand Warden. Bro. Burgess passed away on Aug. 30, 2008.

He was born and raised in Hazleton, the son of the late Chester Arthur "Ted" Burgess and Mae Reese Burgess. He is survived by his wife, Marcella Bell Burgess, and daughter, Amy.

Bro. Burgess graduated from Hazleton High School, attended Penn State University and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1949. In 1956, he was employed as a Vice President and Trust Officer for Hazleton National Bank. He was a member of the Hazleton Chapter, American Institute of Banking, and served seven years as Secretary/Treasurer of the Corporate Fiduciaries Association, Group III, Pennsylvania Bankers Association. He also served on the association's Administrative Committee of the Trust Department and was a member of its Trust Marketing Committee.

Bro. Burgess was made a Mason in Azalea Lodge No. 687, Hazleton, in 1950 and served as Worshipful Master in 1964 and trustee beginning in 1967. He served as Junior Grand Deacon from 1971-1973, was a member of the Committee on Masonic Culture and served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 45th District from 1975-1977.

In the Scottish Rite, he was a member of the Valley of Bloomsburg, Zerubbabel Council Princes of Jerusalem 16°, and served as Master of Ceremonies, 1976-1977. He was coroneted an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33° in 1981.

Bro. Burgess assumed the station of R.W. Junior Grand Warden in 1977. He served as Senior Grand Warden in 1980.

In the community, Bro. Burgess was a Past President of the Visiting Nurse Association of Hazleton and Vicinity; Past President and Executive Committee member of the United Way of Greater Hazleton, Inc.; and a member of the advisory boards of the Hazleton Salvation Army and the Hazleton Lions Club. He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Hazleton, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and as secretary.

Bro. Burgess moved to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in 1998. In 2005, he became a member of the Congregation of Sell Chapel, where he served as a greeter and assisted with Communion.


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