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BRENTON E. TYLER, JR. 1927-1996


Junior Grand Deacon, 1969
Grand Marshal, 1975-1977
Senior Grand Warden, 1978



From Proceedings, Page 1996-155:

Right Worshipful Brenton Eugene Tyler, Jr. was born October 29, 1927, in Waltham, Massachusetts, died in Waltham, Massachusetts, April 6, 1996, the son of Brenton E. and Ethel A. (Templar) Tyler. He attended Waltham High School, Tufts University, Boston University, and Travelers Insurance School.

He served as a Petty Officer in the US Coast Guard in World War II. Brother Tyler is survived by his wife Margret J. (Frizzel) Tyler whom he married on April 9, 1949, two daughters, Susan E. Conrad and Karen H. Tyler. He was President of Brenton E. Tyler Insurance Agency in Waltham, Massachusetts, a member of the First Congregational Church in Waltham, a Past President of the Waltham Rotary Club, the Waltham Jaycees, and the Leland Home. He was a corporator of the Waltham Hospital and also of the Waltham Saving Bank.

R.W. Brother Tyler took his Masonic Degrees in Monitor Lodge in 1949. He started in line in 1957 and was Worshpful Master in 1964-1965. He was a Charter Member of The DeMolay Lodge in Boston and also of The Masters Lodge in Newtonville. He served as Master of The Masters Lodge 1991-1992. His Grand Lodge activity began in 1969 having been appointed Junior Grand Deacon by Most Worshipful Herbert H. Jaynes. He was the District Deputy Grand Master of the Waltham Fifth Masonic District in 1974 and the following year was appointed Grand Marshal during the term of Most Worshipful Stanley F. Maxwell, 1975-1977. Brother Tyler was elected Senior Grand Warden for the year 1978. He served as Chairman for the Grand Lodge Records Committee and also served the Grand Lodge on the Foreign Relations Committee. At the time of his death, Brother Tyler was the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island near the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

Brother Tyler's Capitular record is as follows: He was received in Triad Royal Arch Chapter in 1972, and affiliated with St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter in 1981. Joined Adoniram Council in 1974 and was Knighted in St. Bernard Commandery #12 in 1973 and served as its Eminent Commander in 1991.

Brother Tyler's journey in the Scottish Rite began with admission into Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, followed by entrance into Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem and Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and thence into Massachusetts Consistory in 1960. He served as Captain of the Guard in Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection in 1971 and was made a Master of Ceremonies of Massachusetts Consistory in 1976, rising through the ranks to serve as Commander-In-Chief 1982-1983-1984. He was coroneted an Honorary Inspector General 33° in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1983. He was a Past Chairman of the Valley of Boston Advancement Program and was also Past President of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Inc. Brother Tyler was amember of Aleppo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., the Royal Order of Jesters, and Massachusetts College S.R.I.C.F.

Brother Tyler's love of life was apparent in all he did; from his model train layouts, his model planes, his love of boating and his uncanny knack to play any song he heard on the piano or organ. His courage to face the inevitable with the determination to enjoy each day that was left to the fullest was an inspiration to all who knew him.

At Brent's request the poem entitled "The Song of the River" was read at his Memorial Service. The last verse epitomizes his courage and attitude of life:

"The river ran its allotted span
'Till it reached the silent sea.
Then the water harked back to the mountaintop
To begin its course once more.
So we shall run the course begun
'Till we reach the silent shore,
Then revisit earth in a pure rebirth
From the heart of the virgin snow.
So don't ask why we live or die,
Or whither, or when, we go,
Or wonder about the mysteries
That only God may know."

Respectively submitted,
R.W. Robert E. Godbout, Jr.
R.W. Robert C. Patey
M.W. Albert T. Ames, Chairman


From Boston Globe, 04/11/1996:

Brenton E. Tyler Jr. of Waltham, a retired insurance agency owner, died Saturday at Deaconess-Waltham Hospital after a brief illness. He was 68.

A graduate} of Waltham High School, he attended Tufts College for three years before entering the Coast Guard in March 1946. After his discharge, he resumed his education, earning a degree at Boston University.

Mr. Tyler was president of Brenton E. Tyler Insurance Agency in Waltham and was recently involved with the Auburn Insurance Agency, also in Waltham. He served as past president of the Waltham Rotary Club, Waltham Jaycees and Leland Home of Waltham. He was a Mason and served as district deputy grand master of the Waltham 5th Masonic District. He was a charter member of the Master's Lodge of Newtonville, the DeMolay Lodge of Boston and was active in the Triad Royal Arch Chapter of Newton. He also served in the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston and was past Commander bf St. Bernard Commandery No. 12 of Boston.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peg" (Frizell) of Waltham; two daughters, Karen H. of Waltham and Susan E. Conrad of Wrentham; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington.

Burial will be in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.
Arrangements by Rockwell Funeral Service, Inc.


From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Council of Deliberation AASR NMJ 1996, Page A-viii:

Ill. Brenton Eugene Tyler, Jr., 33°
Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, October 29, 1927
Died in Waltham, Massachusetts, April 6, 1996

lllustrious Brenton E. Tyler, Jr., 33°, son of Brenton E. and Ethel (Templar) Tyler, was educated in the Waltham Public Schools and attended Tufts University and Boston University. Following a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Coast Guard, he worked with his father at the Brenton E. Tyler Insurance Agency, Inc., where he became a stockholder and president. At the time of his death, he was associated with the Auburn Insurance Agency, Inc., of Waltham.

Brent was devoted to his community. He was a charter member and past president of the Waltham Jaycees, past president of the Waltham Rotary Club, corporator and past president of the Leland Home, and former corporator of the Waltham Savings Bank and the Deaconness Waltham Hospital. He was also devoted to his family. On April 9, 1949, he married Margaret (Peg) Frizzell. They have two daughters, Susan Conrad of Wrentham and Karen Tyler of Waltham. He acquired a keen sense of playing the organ without reading music to the delight of his family and friends, and he used this talent as a source of relaxation. He also maintained an interest in model trains and built a railroad bed and miniature village that occupied a portion of his home. Other interests included astronomy and boating.

His devotion to Freemasonry is evident from the number of Masonic organizations in which he was involved. He was raised in Monitor Lodge, Waltham, on March 14, 1949, and served as Master in 1964-65. The Lodge later consolidated with other Waltham lodges to become Waltham Triad Lodge. He also became a charter member of the DeMolay Lodge, Boston, and The Masters Lodge, Newtonville. For the latter he served as Master in 1990. For the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, he was appointed Junior Grand Deacon, 1969; District Deputy Grand Master, 1974, and Grand Marshal, 1975-77. He was named Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island near the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1975. In 1978, he was elected Senior Grand Warden. He was also chairman of the Committee on Records and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.

In York Rite, he was a member of Triad Royal Arch Chapter, Newton; St. Andrew's Chapter, Boston; Adoniram Council, Concord, and St. Bernard Commandery, No.12, Boston. He was elected Commander of Commandery in 1991. Among his other Masonic memberships were Massachusetts College, S.R.I.C.F.; Royal Order of Scotland; Mahded Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.; Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., and Boston Court, No. 103, R.O.J.

He joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Boston in 1960, and became a degree worker and active participant. He was Captain of the Guard for Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, 1971; director of the Valley of Boston Scottish Rite Advancement Program, 1973-76, and general chairman for the George Washington 250th Anniversary Statewide Class, 1982. He was chairman of the Valley of Boston Insurance Committee and also assisted the Supreme Council Insurance Committee. He was elected Commander-in­Chief of Massachusetts Consistory, 1982-85, and was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, on September 28, 1983. Since 1993, he had served as organist for Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection.

A memorial service was held at the Scottish Rite Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, on April 11, followed by a private committal service at the Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham. Ill:. and Rev. Oscar Guinn, 33°, conducted the memorial service with the assistance oflll:. 1. Philip Berquist, 33°, Ill:. Robert C. Patey, 33°, and Ill:. Shant L. Chebookjian, 33°. Ill:. Brother Berquist delivered the eulogy.

Brent's various talents set him apart as a musician, as a ritualist, as a leader. But it was his pleasant personality, cordial greetings, and willingness to tackle any project assigned to him that won the hearts of his brethren. His friendship will be missed, but the memories will remain.

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