ST. JOSEPH — Grand Master Joshua M. Woodwyk and Mark A. Manning, senior grand warden of the Grand Lodge F&AM of Michigan, joined several local Freemasons on March 16 at The Willows to honor one of their long-time members, Paul Abrams, of Benton Harbor.
Woodwyk presented Abrams with his 70-year Masonic membership certificate and lapel pin.
Abrams, who was born Nov. 18, 1926, in Chicago, became a Master Mason on March 15, 1948, at Florida Coffinbury Lodge 309 in Hartford. He served two different terms as Worshipful Master of that lodge in the late ’50s and early ’60s.
He is a lifetime member of Lakeshore Lodge 298 in Benton Harbor, where he serves as chaplain, and Coloma Lodge 162, where he serves on the ritual team.
Abrams said he is honored to have been a Freemason for so many years, and he was especially honored to be receiving his 70-year membership awards from Woodwyk.
Andrew Heier and Charles Weeden, Worshipful Masters of the Lakeshore and Coloma lodges, respectively, as well as several members from both lodges were in attendance for the presentation.
Abrams’ daughter, Thereasa Abrams, and two of her friends also attended.
In addition to the 70 year awards, Woodwyk presented Abrams with a special medallion honoring Freemasons who also are veterans. Abrams served in World War II and the Korean War.