Monday, December 9, 2013


As we enjoy the holiday season, it is my sad duty to report that PA DeMolay has lost one of its longest serving advisors in a tragic way.

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, "Dad" Garfield R. Beynon, Jr., of Crusade Chapter, and holder of the Guild of the Leather Apron, was severely inured in an automobile accident along interstate 81. He died of his injuries. "Dad" Beynon was travelling in a vehicle with another Advisor and several DeMolays that was returning from Grand Master's Class. All others in the vehicle sustained only light injuries.

While tragic, there is something that can be learned. "Dad" Matt Wills, Chapter Advisor for Crusade Chapter, had been travelling in a separate vehicle and came upon the scene of the accident. "Dad" Wills thought quickly and produced all of the medical release forms that PA DeMolay requires, making the handling of the situation much easier. The Advisors of the Chapter responded exactly as they should, even with the tragic outcomes.

To everyone - hug your family a little closer tonight.

To DeMolays - Take a moment and thank your Advisors one more time for all they do for you.

Advisors - Be safe out there. Learn from this and discuss in your Advisory Council meetings how you would handle this situation. Be prepared.

Rest in peace, "Dad" Beynon. You loved DeMolay and gave it years of service. You made the lives of many young men more meaningful. You were a Master Mason, good and true.

Fraternally - "Dad" Seth Anthony

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