JOHN FLINT 1803-1875
Junior Grand Warden, 1852
From Proceedings, Page 1875-9:
Death steals upon us with inaudible steps, and thins our numbers in every relation of life; takes from our domestic hearths our hearts' treasures, and in the wider spheres of society makes his inroads on associations hallowed by friendship.
"Here Brother follows Brother From sunset to the sunless land."
"We have been called to pay our tribute of respect and regard to the memory of one long endeared by his fraternal connection with this Grand Lodge, R.W. Brother Dr. John Flint. Of our departed Brother, whose life presented no striking, emphatic incidents, whose career was noiseless and undemonstrative, but effective in good to those who committed their health to his care, but few words will suffice.
"He received an academic education at Leicester, but never a classical one. His medical degree was conferred by Harvard College. He commenced practice in this city, and continued his professional devotion until his death.
"There are individuals, not much known beyond the limits of the community in which they live, whose loss falls heavily on many hearts; whose eulogy, however brief, comes mingled with regrets from the lips of all who knew them, and speaks only what they feel. It is surely thus we experience the departure of one thus esteemed, not for eminent intellectual power, but, transcending this, for his goodness, which is true greatness. He gave himself to his profession, and was rarely absent from his duties, fulfilling the one condition essential to the best kind of success, and thus acquired the confidence which is reposed only in the practitioner who lives almost entirely for his sacred duties.
"His long and intimate connection with the Masonic Institution, his varied official positions, are well known and appreciated. He has presided over Lodge, Chapter (both Subordinate and Grand), Commandery, and Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and, as Past Grand Warden, was a permanent member of this Grand Lodge. He has ever retained the regard and respect of his Brethren, and has departed full of years and left the record of a well-spent life.
"Resolved, That, with a deep sense of our bereavement by the death ol our late Brother the R.W. Dr. John Flint, we would testify our respect to his memory by placing on record the acknowledgment that he has left on our hearts the impress of a good man and Brother, an example of a life well spent and rounded to an honorable close."
From New England Freemason, Vol. I, No. 1, January 1875, Page 44:
The death of this excellent Brother occurred on the 8th inst., at his residence in Boston, after an illness of about four weeks, terminating in Bright's disease of the kidneys. He was born in Leicester, Mass., in 1803, and educated at the Academy in that town. In 1826, he received the degree of M. D. at Harvard University. In 1829 he joined the Massachusetts Medical Society anil commenced practice in Boston, where he has continued ever since. He was for many years a very faithful and efficient member of the Board of Overseers of Public Institutions of the city of Boston, and had held other.responsible positions in public life. But he was best known as the kind-hearted, genial and devoted physician.
Although he never aspired to great professional eminence or distinction, he enjoyed the unbounded love and confidence of a large circle of clients, who had been cheered in sickness and sorrow by his kindly look, his sweet smile and gentle voice. His presence in a sick chamber was like a ray of sunshine in a dark room, and seemed rather that of the sympathetic friend than of the paid physician. His loss will be sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends who had learned to love him for his modest virtues. He was a devoted and zealous Mason, having been initiated in St. John's Lodge and serving as Its Master in 1839. He was Junior Grand Warden in 1852.
His funeral took place on the 12th inst., the Masonic Fraternity being represented by delegations from St. John's and Winslow Lewis Lodges, St. Paul's Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, Boston Commandery of Knights Templars, and the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The remains were interred at Forest Hills Cemetery.