Masonic rings and death

by Alan

What is the respectful and proper thing to do with my father's Masonic ring now that he has passed away?

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Aug 02, 2015
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Ring after death
by: Fred

Keep it. Cherish it. My son has all of my no longer used Masonic stuff. They're keepsakes.

Aug 02, 2015
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Ring after death
by: Anonymous

Thank you! That was my original intent but once I found this site I thought I should make sure that was A-OK. Thank you for letting me know that it is!

Oct 21, 2015
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Ring After Death
by: Nicole B.

My father who was a Master Mason just passed. While planning his funeral, I asked the Master of his lodge what to do with his rings. The Master stated that I could pass his rings down to his sons or other family member's but that they are not to wear the rings unless they themselves are or become a Master Mason. Just wanted to point that out.

Oct 22, 2015
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Good point...
by: Tim

Hi Nichole B.,

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your father.

You are correct. According to Masonic custom only a duly obligated Master Mason should wear or exhibit the symbols of same. It's a good point and we appreciate you mentioning it. Thank you.

Apr 02, 2016
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mason ring
by: Anonymous

What if the wife keeps the mason ring and won't pass it on to the son? Any guidelines on this issue?

Apr 02, 2016
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masonic ring
by: Fred

Unless provisions are made to the contrary, the ring genereally belongs to the Mason's wife after his death, she can do with it as she pleases. It is not something to create a rift over, it's a piece of jewelry. You might get her to leave it to you in her estate.

Jan 22, 2017
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Lost luster
by: Anonymous

My grandfather passed away. While he wore it, it was ruby red, gold, and mason symbol distinguishable but worn. Niw, it's silver, tarnished and stone is gray. Why?

Jan 22, 2017
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Ring
by: Fred

It would depend upon the material that the ring is made from. I wear one that is gold (plated) in color. The color is wearing off in spots, shows through as Silver.

Jan 22, 2017
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Lost luster 2
by: Anonymous

It had color while on his hand in casket, when removed after funeral, it was gray, no color and shockingly void of luster. Puzzled.

Jan 24, 2017
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Masonic light...
by: Tim

Masonic light manifests in different ways. My belief is that your Grandfather's ring shone while he was wearing it as a symbol of his Masonic light. This symbol spoke of his honor, decency and knowledge: enlightenment earned. It wasn't the ring that shone; It was your Grandfather and our Brother. And now, the symbol tells us that with his passing the light within the world is diminished, and while his light can never be replaced we need all work to increase our own.

Please accept our condolences on your Grandfather's passing, and may God bless you and yours.

Mar 10, 2017
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What to I do??
by: Anonymous

I have my Dad's ring. No one wants it. I know no Masons. I feel it would be very disrespectful to throw it a way or give it to a thrift shop.
As I said "what do I do?"

Mar 10, 2017
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No one wants it
by: Fred

Hello,
Thanks for the question. As stated several times earlier in this post, the ring belongs to the family. You have many options, you might want to contact the lodge that he belonged to, they might take it, or offer it for sale on eBay if you don't want to keep it. In short, it's yours to do what you think is best with it.

Mar 18, 2017
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What to do with dad's Masonic ring...
by: Tim

Dear Anonymous,

First, let me commend you for wanting to show respect to your father's memory by not discarding his Masonic ring. Personally, I find it almost physically painful when I see one in a thrift store or yard sale.

As Fred said, you have lots of options. Donating the ring to the Lodge your dad belonged to is a good one. My personal preference, though, is to keep it in the family for a time when someone may want it. It's a ring. It's small. It doesn't take up a lot of room. Once it's gone it's gone for good. And, you never know when a member of the family, or perhaps a future generation, will discover an interest in Freemasonry. Imagine how cool it would be for a young man or woman excited about having become a part of the Masonic family to hear the words, "Your Great Grandpa was a Freemason, and this is his Masonic ring. Now it's yours."

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