Global brotherhood: Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association

Friday, 14 December 2012

Global brotherhood

That Freemasonry is a worldwide brotherly organisation was recently brought home to Martin Cargill, a biker with a group of the Widows Sons International Motorcycle Association, who meet around East London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Widows Sons groups are called Chapters and, through the internet, Martin discovered an American Chapter of the organisation in New Jersey, where his widowed mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, lives in a retirement home. He contacted Gordie Barrett of Lodge, No. 19, Free and Accepted Masons, in North Brunswick, who is president of the Broken Column Chapter of the New Jersey Widows Sons.

Gordie was able to visit Martin’s mother in time for Christmas, along with Brian Napier of Murdostoun Castle Lodge, No. 1096, and Philo Lodge, No. 243, New Jersey, and Mark Barrett of the Massachusetts Lodge in Boston.

Martin was also told that if he wanted to visit the US, then Jim Cairns of Milltown Lodge, No. 294, in New Jersey, and his family would put him up for three weeks, rent-free, and loan him a car, while Bob Vinik of Lodge would lend him a motorcycle. He took them up on their kind offer and was met at the airport and royally entertained during his stay. He was able to see his mother and attend various masonic meetings before being taken back to the airport for the flight home. Martin said, ‘These are memories I will never forget, thanks to Freemasonry and the Widows Sons.’

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