MELDON EMIL NIEMI 1939-2015
From TROWEL, December 1983, Page 8:
It is usually the busy fellow who is asked to accept another task to be done. Somebody like Right Worshipful Meldon E. Niemi. Our Deputy Grand Master has been energetically serving the Craft from the time he was raised in Charles A. Welch Lodge of Maynard in 1965.
A native of Concord, Brother Niemi is the son of 50-year veteran and Brother Toivo E. and Ilmy (Peltonen) Niemi. "Mel" was installed Master of his Lodge in 1970, only five years following his raising. A life member of his Lodge, he has been Chaplain, chairman of the Trustees, the Lodge Players and now is the busy Secretary. He was Master of the 38th Lodge of Instruction, 1979-80, and is past Secretary and Chaplain. He is currently instructing Fourth Class candidates.
Once active in the Maynard Masonic Corporation, he is a past President of the Marlboro 24th Masonic District Past Masters Association and is a member of the Massachusetts Masonic Secretaries' Association.
Brother Niemi was Secretary of the Marlboro 24th District in 1971 and served as the District Deputy Grand Master 1978-79. He is a life member of his Lodge and Grand Lodge and also of the Past District Deputy Grand Masters Association.
A 32nd degree Mason, Valley of Boston, he was awarded the S.R.A.P. Medallion. As a Shriner he is associated with the Past Masters Association of Aleppo Temple. In York Rite Masonry our Deputy Grand Master holds membership with Walden Royal Arch Chapter and the Adoniram Council of Royal and Select Master Masons.
Accepted into the Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudbury in 1939, he has faithfully served his parish in its Church School, as a Trustee of Committee on Finance and in the Church Choir and was a Deacon for many years. He is a Lay Reader, Lecturer and Lay Preacher.
The effect of Masonry in the community has been felt from his association with the Maynard Town Band. He has been property manager, secretary, librarian, treasurer and president. He is a trombonist in his town band and also the Townsend Military Band and the Ayer Firemen's Band.
Educated in the Maynard public schools, our Deputy Grand Master was graduated from its high school with honors. He received graduate honors in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Boston. Brother Niemi is a standards engineer for GenRad (formerly General Radio Corporation) of Concord. Employment began there in 1960.
Meldon E. Niemi and Joan M. Clausen were joined in marriage in 1970 in the Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sudbury. They have been blessed with sons Wayne Emil, age ten and Neil Edward, age eight.
What does the future hold for our busy Deputy Grand Master when he steps down from his office in December? "To serve in whatever capacity I may be asked. There is much to be done in life and, unfortunately, too few accepting the call to duty. I simply ask God for continued good health and strength so I can continue to be a useful member of society.
From Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home web site, 2015:
Meldon E. Niemi, 75, of Brooks St., Maynard, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was born in Concord, son of the late Toivo and Ilmy Mary (Peltonen) Niemi. He was the husband of Joan (Clausen) Niemi.
A lifelong Maynard resident, he had been employed for many of his working years at GenRad in Bolton and West Concord as a standards engineer. He was graduate of Maynard High School class of 1957 and earned an engineering degree from Wentworth in Boston in 1963. He and Joan were married in St. John Lutheran Church in 1970.
In his spare time he enjoyed camping, music, his membership at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and his many years of serving in several Masonic organizations. He was a trombone player who had played the Maynard Community Band and the Townsend Military Band. His beloved canine companion Kalibean passed away in October.
An active member of Charles A. Welch Lodge of Masons in Maynard where he was a past master and 50 year veteran. He also served as Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and District Deputy Grand Master, and was a life member of Scottish Rite Masonry and the Aleppo Temple Shrine.
In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons: Wayne and his companion Gail Sawyer of Acton, and Neil Niemi of Maynard and a grandson Daniel Niemi of Revere.