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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Illustrious Brother Ernest Borgnine 33° R.I.P.

Illustrious Brother Ernest Borgnine 33° passed to the celestial lodge today at the age of 95.

From ABC News:

Ernest Borgnine, the beefy screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, but who won the best-actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in 1955, died Sunday. He was 95.

His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife and children at his side.

Brother Borgnine was a member of Hollywood Lodge No. 355, and a 33rd° Scottish Rite Mason in the Southern Masonic Jurisdiction. In 2000, he received his 50-year pin as a Freemason in Abingdon Lodge No. 48, Abingdon, Virginia. He joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Los Angeles in 1964, received the KCCH in 1979, was coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1983, and received the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour in 1991.


  1. Brother Borgnine was a credit to the craft and an example for all of us to follow.

  2. Brother Ernest, may you rest in peace forever. Your Sister Hillary Cohan, PM.

  3. Brother Bognine, may you rest in peace. Your Sister, Hillary Cohan, PM, Frederick Chapter #79, Frederick, MD

  4. I had the honor of meeting Brother Borgnine. We spoke fondly of our shared home-state (connecticut) and he treated me the way any other brother should treat someone. He was ernest, honest, sweet and so very cheerful.

    He was so happy to hear that my favorite memory of him was from the Cult Classic "Escape From New York".

    After our brief chat about Connecticut, I quietly said "I can't believe I Just met Cabbie (his character from Escape From New York)" and he said something to the effect of "you met the real thing, brother stimpson (my last name)".

    I almost forgot he was a member. His talent is legendary and underrated. I was so honored to have met him and to have called him brother.

    He'll be missed.

    (Columbia Lodge No. 91, GL of F&AM PA & Madison Lodge No. 87, GL of AF&AM CT)

  5. December 1, 2010, on the occasion of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania's Benjamin Franklin Award presented to Bro. Ernest Borgnine. (edited audio)

  6. Brother Borgnine (Ernie) was a credit to masonry and the void he leaves will never be filled. It was my honor to have called him friend.

    Buck Crocker 32° KCCH
    Scottish Rite Bodies; Norfolk, VA


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