GAY, LEMUEL 1790-1866
From Proceedings, Page VII-75:
Report. Whereas; it has pleased the Allwise Disposer of events to remove from this life our Right Worshipful and worthy Brother Lemuel Gay of Stoughton, District Deputy Gd. Master of the 5th. Dist. therefore
Resolved. That we are called to mourn, the loss of one, who during a long and useful life, maintained the character of an honorable, high minded and public spirited citizen, of one, who at different times, sustained offices of trust and responsibility under the authority of the United States of Mass. the county of Norfolk, and his native town. He was born May 1. 1790, and died Feb. 15th. 1866. thus having nearly attained the age of seventy-six years, He was buried with Masonic honors, the funeral took place on the 18th. of Feb. last, and was attended by an unusually large number of the Fraternity. There were present on that occasion, one Encampment of Knights Templars, one Royal Arch Chapter, and eleven Lodges either in full or represented.
Resolved secondly. That any obituary notice of our departed friend, would be incomplete without stating his firm inflexible and manly opposition to the wanton and malicious attacks of Antimasons. He was one, who with others, bore the burden and heat of the day, at a time that tried men's souls and against whom Antimasonic bigots and fanatics aimed their Parthian arrows. Antimasonry is now obsolete, and almost forgotten, yet it is the duty of us all, more especially the younger members of our Fraternity, now basking in the sunshine of prosperity to cherish with gratitude the memory of those departed Brethren who, in a dark and gloomy hour, maintained their integrity, and with heroic courage fought the "good fight of faith."