Masonic Apron and Cremation?

How is the Masonic apron disposed of in the case of cremation? Is it cremated with the remains or does it have another role in the memorial service? Thank you.

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Jul 30, 2011
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Taking it with me
by: Tim

How is the Masonic apron disposed of in the case of cremation? Is it cremated with the remains or does it have another role in the memorial service? Thank you.

Thank you for your question and for visiting Masonsmart.com

In my experience, there is no hard and fast rule as to the disposition of the Masonic apron in the case of cremation. In making his preparations a Brother should decide what he wants done with his apron when the time comes. If he has made no such preparations then it would be left to the family to decide, with the assistance of a Brother.

In our Grand Lodge jurisdiction, that of Missouri, the apron is used during the Masonic funeral service, but it is not necessary that it be the deceased Brother's apron. A Masonic apron is displayed and it's importance and meaning explained. A portion of that explanation states, "... and in the grave it shall bear witness to his virtues and to our confidence in the sincerity of his profession."

Personally, if I decide on cremation, I will want my apron to be cremated with me. I feel that in life my Masonic apron has become inseparable from who I am and so it should be in death, as well.

Fraternally,

Tim

Jul 31, 2011
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Masonic Apron and Cremation
by: Anonymous

Greetings;

It depends upon the Burial Code of the Jurisdiction, During the Old Days when Masons wore Plain White Aprons, they were intered with the remains. However, now that Aprons cost upward of $400.00. The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Alabama, Code reads, etc, and now in honor and rememberance of he whose tenants of Clay lie before us, I shall deposit this Emblem with the deceased Brother's "Next of Kin." Thanks! Robert L.(Bobby) Langford, Sr., Grand Senior Warden.

Apr 07, 2013
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Disposal of Masonic apron
by: Jackie

My dad died in 1967, a past master of his lodge in CT, and the apron was not buried with him. My mother kept it all these years, and she died in October (2012).
Mom was cremated, and her cremains will be interred next to my dad when we fly back to CT in June.
What do you recommend that I do with the apron in this circumstancs?
Thanks for your help.
Jackie

Apr 21, 2013
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Masonic family heirloom
by: Tim

Hi Jackie,
My condolences on your mother's passing.
Your father's Masonic apron would effectively become a part of your mother's estate. If no one else in the family is currently involved in Masonry nor interested in becoming a Mason my recommendation would be to place it in safe keeping with a family member until such time as a descendant of your father may become interested.

You could also donate the apron to his Lodge or to his Grand Lodge, but it would never mean as much to someone else as it would to his grandson or great grandson, or great great....

Whatever you decide to do with it please don't let it wind up in a flea market or garage sale. That just makes us sad.

Thanks for your question and my best to you and your family.

Feb 04, 2014
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Please advise
by: Anonymous

My Father died in 2011. Before he died he instructed me to dispose of his apron in a respectful way, but did not tell me how to do this. Could you please offer some advice?

Respectfully Grateful,

S-

Feb 04, 2014
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Disposing of a Masonic apron
by: Tim

Dear S,

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your Father.

As far as I know there is no protocol or tradition regarding the disposal of the Masonic apron. Likewise, I could not presume to know what your Father or you might consider to be a respectful way to honor his wish. However, I would like to offer some thoughts if I may. In Masonry the apron is an ancient symbol of honor so perhaps you could find a way to honor the memory of your Father in the manner in which you dispose of his apron.

We often think of the word 'dispose' as meaning to discard or destroy, but it also means to place in a particular or proper place. The most proper place to me would be in the hands of a member of the family. If no one in the family is interested in Masonry at this time you might want to hold it or place it in safekeeping for a time when someone might be. Otherwise, you could donate it to your Father's lodge to be given to a worthy and deserving candidate with the condition that you be permitted to meet with the candidate to tell him of the man and Mason who once proudly wore the apron.

I think if it were my apron I would consider either of these to be a respectful way to dispose of it. You may find another, even better, disposition for your Father's apron. Whatever you decide to do with it the fact that you've held it for three years tells me that your Father will be honored by your decision.

Thank you for this question and for visiting Masonsmart.

Fraternally yours,

Tim

May 25, 2014
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Dad's apron, jewelry
by: Anonymous

Dad died, and now my Mother. I have been advised many things, sell, send to Lodge. One last opinion. What to do with his Master Mason rings, his apron. I am steadfast in doing what is right, and I am told only to a Mason, however I could keep until a descendant becomes a Mason. My Dad said I could never read his books, I haven't. Evidently,Mom didn't know to bury him with his apron, hep!

Aug 30, 2014
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Being buried with apron
by: Anonymous

What are the rules on being buried with your apron if you are not now an active mason?

Aug 30, 2014
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Dispensation of Masonic Apron at time of death
by: Tim

"What are the rules on being buried with your apron if you are not now an active mason?"

The short answer is it is your Apron and you're free to do with it whatever you choose.

A longer answer, and probably not the only one, is that if a man were expelled from the fraternity for unMasonic conduct he is no longer a Mason and should not be buried with his Masonic Apron. If his membership was suspended, say for failure to pay his dues, he is technically still a Mason but not in good standing with his Lodge.

So far as I know, and only within the jurisdictions with which I am familiar, there are no rules regarding the dispensation of the Apron at or after burial. There are customs but in the end it comes down to a personal choice, either by the member or by whomever handles his effects. Some are placed in the coffin; some are cremated with the body; some are passed down to a family member or loved one; some are returned to the member's Lodge; some, sadly, wind up in garage sales or flea markets; and even more sadly some are simply lost.

There are rules, however, regarding who may receive the Masonic funeral service. In general, a Master Mason in good standing may receive the service at the request of the family of the deceased member. The current Master of the Lodge can, however, if he deems it proper and also at the request of the family, direct that the service be performed for an EA, FC or even a suspended member. As I say, though, this is only for the jurisdictions with which I am familiar and is not likely a universal practice. The best action would be to contact the local Lodge and find out what their rules and/or customs are.

Hope this helps. Fraternally,

Tim

Nov 15, 2015
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Proper to Display Masonic Aprons
by: Gayle

I have my grandfather's Masonic apron and my mom has my dad's Masonic apron. I years ago belonged to Job's Daughters. I was wondering if I could find a display case for these aprons and display them in my residence? If so, can I place a bronze plate on the display case with their birth and death dates or do I need to place the active dates of their membership in the masons? Thank you for your time and help

Nov 16, 2015
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Displaying Masonic Aprons
by: Tim

Hello Gayle,
and thank you for visiting Masonsmart.

Congratulations on your family's Masonic heritage, and our thanks for the years of service your family has rendered to Freemasonry.

I think displaying the aprons is an excellent idea and a touching tribute to your father and grandfather. There is certainly nothing in Masonic law or customs against such a display. I have seen shadow boxes for this purpose but I don't know of any Masonic supplier that currently has them on offer. You might find some on ebay, Etsy, or one of the antique and collectible Web sites. Otherwise, you may have to make them or have them made.

I think the bronze plate is a nice touch, as well. You are free to put whatever information you wish on the plate. I think if this were my project, and now you've got me thinking of doing something similar for my grandpa's stuff, I would put the birth and deceased dates on the plate. Then I would write up a brief Masonic history including their Lodge name, number, location and Masonic milestones along with dates and any other interesting information you come across. Just slip the history under the apron, or pin it behind it if the apron will be displayed vertically. This would be a nice heirloom for future generations and the information will be there for that great-great grandchild who decides they want to become a Freemason.

Thank you for the questions, and thanks to you and your mom for honoring our Masonic brothers.

Fraternally yours,

Tim

May 24, 2016
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Cleaning
by: Henry Goodwin

Any suggestions on how to clean the true apron one was presented with 60 years ago. Of course it looked so yellowed they used a new one to place on his coffin as many do now. In retrospect, I wish we had just placed it inside the coffin with him. Many masons never take it out the case as it means so much to them. I have been a mason for 15 years now and mine has never been out the case. Any suggestions on cleaning his and any suggestions on keeping mine from becoming to look like his would be appreciated.

Jun 16, 2016
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Disposal of a Brothers apron
by: Don

To all of you that are trying to decide what to do with a Master Mason's apron after his passing. No Matter What You've Been Told or what you have heard please do anything with it but sell it. By no means would any brother want his apron sold or disposed of at a garage sale or flea market. When my time comes my grandson who just became a Master Mason will receive my Masonic ring and Shrine ring and if I decide to be cremated he will receive my apron also.

Aug 09, 2016
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my grandfathers apron
by: Robert

My grandfather passed away the second of August 2016. upon his requests he wanted his Masonic aprons to be returned to his lodge which is no longer around. my question is may our family bring his apron to any lodge in this area or should we follow a specific protocol in returning these aprons to the lodge. I would like to fulfill his final wishes as respectfully as possible.

thank you for your time.

Robert

Aug 09, 2016
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Apron reply
by: Anonymous

Robert,
Yes you can. The apron is supposed to be buried with him. But since you were given instructions. He wants that apron on display in his memory. Give to them with his name, Lodge he belonged to, his date of birth, and what level he was. The lodge will keep for him. I

I hope this helps.

Aug 12, 2016
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Re: Robert of "My Grandfather's Apron"
by: Tim

Hello Robert,
and thank you for visiting Masonsmart.

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your grandfather, and my thanks for your efforts to fulfill his wishes.

A common misconception is that a Masonic lodge is the building or place where we meet and hold our meetings. In fact, the lodge is made up of its members. It's likely that Sunshine Lodge No. 288 consolidated with or was absorbed by one of the nearby lodges. Assuming that's the case that would be the lodge you would want to deliver his Aprons to. However, it could also be that Sunshine Lodge was closed for cause or simply surrendered their charter and disbanded. If that were the case a couple of other options come to mind.

You might contact someone who belonged to your grandfather's lodge, especially someone who knew him, and ask him to assist you or take charge of the proper disposition of the Aprons. The Grand Lodge of Florida should be able to assist in contacting someone who was a member of Sunshine Lodge.

If no one from your grandfather's lodge can be contacted then I would suggest speaking with someone at the Grand Lodge of Florida for assistance in determining a proper and suitable disposition of his Aprons.

Either way, your next step would be to contact the Grand Lodge of Florida. Find out what became of the members of Sunshine Lodge No. 288 and proceed from there.

Hope this helps.

Fraternally,

Tim

Oct 14, 2016
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Who inherits the ring and apron?
by: Anonymous

My father passed away in August. I am a member of the Eastern Star. I have 2 older brothers but they are not Masons. Who should the ring and 3 aprons be given to?

Thanks

Oct 21, 2016
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Masonic inheritance...
by: Tim

Dear Anonymous,

Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father.

Your father's Masonic items were his personal property and would now be considered part of his estate. There are no set standards or rules as to whom those items should go. Assuming your father did not express his wishes somehow that decision would fall to the family or whomever is acting as executor of his wishes.

My opinion, for what it's worth and which in this case amounts to nothing, would be that the items should remain with a family member who has a connection to the Masonic fraternity and held in safekeeping for a future generation who might discover an interest in the craft.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck.

Fraternally,

Tim

Dec 26, 2016
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cremation
by: Anonymous

Is it against the rules to be cremated

A brothers wife

Dec 27, 2016
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cremation
by: Anonymous

Brothers wife.
From everything I have heard and read it is not against the rules to be cremated.

Apr 05, 2017
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Masonic Apron NEW
by: Anonymous

I found my late father's Mason apron a few years ago. He was creamated, however, he was not buried in it. I would like to donate it. How would I go about doing so.

Apr 05, 2017
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Fathers apron NEW
by: Anonymous

Get in contact with the Lodge he belonged to or your local Lodge the will know what to do with it.

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