Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Famous Freemason: William J. Hussey, Most Excellent Grand High Priest

"Lots of people look up to me. 
It's because I'm so tall.

~William J. Hussey, Jr.

In a few days, my good friend William J. Hussey, Jr. will be installed as Most Excellent Grand High Priest for the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Illinois. The whole Creason family is heading over to take part in the installation. Bro. Hussey has announced his installation is at 4 PM, and he's going to revoke my membership in the York Rite at 4:01 PM.  I'm sure getting tired of him trying to kick me out stuff.  Should be a fun weekend!
Here's a little bit about the Illustrious William J. Hussey, 33 from the Grand Chapter of Illinois website.  He's obviously a very active Mason, and one of those rare individuals that makes every dull and tedious thing Masons sometimes find themselves doing something entertaining and memorable.  There's only one thing more unpredictable that William J. Hussey when he gets bored--that's me when I get bored.

Congratulations, Bill.

From the Royal Arch of Illinois Grand Chapter website:  

Companion William J. Hussey, Jr., was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on 24 October 1984 in Palestine Lodge No. 849, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Illinois, in Palestine, Illinois, where presided as Worshipful Master in the years 1988 and 2005. He is a plural member of Robinson Lodge No. 250 in Robinson, and an honorary member of Greenup Lodge No. 125 in Greenup and Fairfield Lodge No. 206.  He has served on the Grand Lodge Arrangements Committee and is the Grand Lodge Membership Committee.

Hussey joined the Royal Arch in 2007 in Henry Godeke Chapter No. 38 in Olney (now in Bridgeport). He serves on the Grand Chapter’s Public Relations, Membership committee, and previously served as an Area Coordinator overseeing six chapters. In 2009, outgoing MEGHP Richard E. Yena awarded Bill the Lyle R. Melvin Distinguished Service Award of Illinois. He joined the Grand Chapter line on 1 August 2008 as Excellent Grand Master of the First Veil, and was elected and installed as Right Excellent Deputy Grand High Priest on 19 July 2013.
William J. Hussey and Todd E. Creason renew their acquaintance at Illinois Grand Lodge.
In 2007, Hussey also became a member of the W. R. Lashbrook Council No. 55, Cryptic Masons of Illinois, in Olney (now in Bridgeport), where he served as Thrice Illustrious Master 2011-2012. He has served as a District Inspector for the Grand Council.

Hussey was dubbed and created a Knight of the Valiant and Magnanimous Order of the Temple on 16 June 2007 in Gorin Commandery No. 14, Knights Templar of the State of Illinois, in Olney (now in Bridgeport).  He presided as Eminent Commander 2009- 2010. In 2010, outgoing Illinois Grand Commander Joseph W. Lucas awarded Bill the G. Wilber Bell Excalibur Award.

Our Grand Captain of the Host was initiated into Wabash Valley Council No. 454, Allied Masonic Degrees, on 28 November 2007 in Albion, where he currently serves as Senior Warden.

I always like to make sure people know the difference...
As a Past Master, Past High Priest, Past Thrice Illustrious Master, and Past Eminent Commander, Sir Knight Hussey was received into Illinois Priory No. 11 as a Knight of the York Cross of Honor on 28 July 2012.

Bill created a Knight of York in Southern Illinois York Rite College No. 33 on 12 September 2009 in Mt. Vernon.

Since 1988, Hussey has also been an active member in the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville.  In '95-'96 he served as Most Wise Master of the Valley’s George E. Burrow Chapter of Rose Croix in 1995-1996. In recognition of his exceptional service, he was coroneted a 33° in 2005 at Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He has served on the membership committee for the Illinois Council of Deliberation.

Not only active as a Freemason, Bill is also a Past Commander of Sons of the American Legion Post 69 in Robinson.

~TEC


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