Grand Masonic Officers Attend Curtis Funeral
Past Grand Lodge officers of all of the Grand Masonic Bodies in Maine were in Belfast last Friday to attend funeral services for Allen L. Curtis, 71, a former Belfast businessman, city official, and on of the community’s most prominent masons.
Besides having served as head of local masonic bodies, mr. Curtis was a former Grand Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Maine; and Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Maine. He was also Past Grand Junior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Maine and a permanent member of that organization.
The services were held at the Coombs Funeral Home with Rev. Frank A. Pitman, pastor of the First Church, officiating. Also assisting in the services was Aubrey L. Burbank of Waterville, Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine. Mr. Burbank, who is pastor of the First Congregational Church in Brooks, delivered the prayer.
Active bearers at the services were Frederick C. Lounder, Ellsorth, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter; Clyde French, Lincoln, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter; Reginald F. Berry, Kittery Point, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter; Adin Hopkins, Camden, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter; James A. Sanker, Belfast, Past Junior Grand Warden of Maine who represented the Grand Lodge; and Harold W. Kelley, Belfast, Grand Steward of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters.
The list of honorary bearers included Clifford H. West, Milbridge, Grand King of the Grand Chapter; Hiram Johnson, Antrim, N.H., Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New Hampshire and Past General Grand Master of the Third Vail of the General Grand Chapter of the United States; Alton L. Johnson, Sr., Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Maine; John M. Littlefield, Auburn, Past Puissant Illustrious Grand master of the General Grand Council; and Past Grand High Priest and Past Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Maine.
Died Last Week
Mr. Curtis, who died last Tuesday, Feb. 23 at a Belfast hospital after a brief illness, is survived by his wife, Winifred, Belfast, one sister, Miss M?? I. Curtis, Bangor; and several nieces and nephews. Among the nieces who attended the funeral services were Mrs. Herbert R. Rackliff of Cape Elizabeth, Mrs. Elmer Small of Portland, and Mrs. Alton Rounds of Portland.
Burial at Grove Cemetery, Belfast, Waldo, Maine