Eastern Star mourns the loss of Bro. Gordon Steeves, PGP of NB

Gordon Steeves
Past Grand Patron
1999 - 2000
Grand Chapter of New Brunswick
Order of the Eastern Star
Past Grand Patron
1999 - 2000
Grand Chapter of New Brunswick
Order of the Eastern Star
Brother Gordon Steeves, Past Grand Patron of New Brunswick, of Fredericton, NB, passed away on Monday April 17, 2020 at the palliative care unit of the Chalmers Hospital. In Fredericton, NB. Brother Gordon was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He was 90 years of age.
Brother Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Sister Marjorie Steeves (nee Jardine). He is survived by his daughter Lynn, sons Anthony (JoAnne) and Glenn, 4 grand children and 3 great grandchildren, one brother, 2 nieces and a nephew.
Gordon started his career as a welding apprentice immediately after graduating from Hillsborough High School. His career in welding led him to be welding instructor at New Brunswick Community Colleges in Grand Falls, NB and later in Chatham, NB. The large sundial in Grand Falls, NB, was just one example of his welding expertise.
Brother Gordon was a Past Master of Colebrooke Lodge #39, Grand Falls, a Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick. He was a member of Luxor Shriners as well as the Past Masters Unit for Luxor Shriners, Past Patron of Tobique Chapter #22 in Plaster Rock and a member of Devon Chapter #37 Order of the Eastern Star in Fredericton. He was Past Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick, Order of the Eastern Star. He served as our Worthy Grand Patron along with his Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Ann Morton, at the Century of Stars Grand Chapter Sessions, 2000. Whenever the Masons, OES or Shriners were fund raising he was present at the various sites selling tickets, calendars or Christmas trees. He was a Big Brother when in Chatham and an active advocate for The Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date, to be held in Grand Falls. There will be an OES service and a Masonic service held at that time. Donations may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, local SPCA or donor’s choice.
Brother Gordon’s farewell speech as WGP included the following poem (author unknown):
Life’s too brief to hold a grudge, times too short to fight
Don’t waste the minutes worrying, try to do what is right.
Spread a little gladness, as you travel on your way
And help to build a better world, and make a brighter day
Please read this notice at your next meeting following receipt of this memoriam and have the Altar draped in loving memory of Brother Gordon.
Charlotte Jansen-Bateman
Worthy Grand Matron
Ronald Keith Bateman
Worthy Grand Patron
Doug Swan, Past Grand Patron
Grand Secretary