Grand Chapter mourns the passing of Bro. George A. Theal, PGP


Brother George Theal
Past Grand Patron

Brother George Theal passed away at the Briarlea Seniors Home on Saturday, July 18, 2015. George was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of the late John and Hilda (Goldsmith) Theal. He was 83.

Brother George was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star being a member of Frank H. Tingley Chapter #5, Moncton and Fidelity Chapter #36 in Riverview. He became Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick in 1991, serving in the East with Sister Joan Hicks, PGM. Their year culminated with the “Bluebird of Happiness” Sessions held in July of 1992 in Woodstock, NB.

Brother George was a member of St. John’s United Church where he served on various committees in the church. He was a member of Acacia Lodge#49, F.&A.M. as well as a former member of Luxor Shriners. He spent his career in the Royal Canadian Air Force as well as Canadian Armed Forces.

Brother George was predeceased by his first wife, Olga and his second wife Hilda Brown–Theal He will be sadly missed by his only son Gary (Cathy) Theal of Ottawa, Ontario, three step children: Sharon (Douglas) French of Moncton; Gary (Mona) Brown of Riverview; and Katheryn (Mark) McGrath of Bedford, NS. He is survived by seven grandchildren, three great grand children and several nieces and nephews.

An Eastern Star Memorial Service was conducted by members of Frank H. Tingley Chapter # 5, Moncton at Ferguson Funeral Home on Thursday July 30, 2015, followed by a Masonic Service. The Funeral Service was held at Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Steve Berube officiating. Interment took place at Elmwood Cemetery.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Brother George, and to the members of Frank H. Tingley Chapter #5, Moncton, and Fidelity Chapter #36, Riverview New Brunswick

“One by one the links are severed from the golden chain of love,
One by one our Order is forming in the Father’s House above
Let our deeds be pure and noble, may our lives be not in vain
So that when we are reunited, complete again will be the chain.

In tribute to the memory of our departed Brother, we request this memorial be read at the first stated meeting after its receipt and the Altar draped.

Lynda Swan . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Lister
Worthy Grand Matron . . . . . . . Worthy Grand Patron
Doug Swan, PGP
Grand Secretary