Echuca-Moama’s oldest resident, Jim Stapleton, honoured for 80 years of service to Freemasonry Victoria

By Anna McGuinness

OUR oldest local resident, Jim Stapleton, is being recognised for longstanding service to Freemasonry Victoria.

It’s a momentous occasion for the 106-year-old, who will be presented with an 80-year jewel for his membership since 1939.

In light of the extremely rare achievement, the Grand Master of Freemasonry Victoria, Keith Murray, will make the trip from Melbourne for the ceremony.

Secretary of Campaspe Valley Lodge, Geoff Baker, said it showed how highly Jim is thought of within the organisation.

“It is a great honour to have a member like Jim, still in the role of choir master and an active part of the lodge.

“His contribution has been outstanding and he’s the first one to welcome new people and help wherever necessary,” he said.

The event will be held this Saturday at the Echuca Masonic Centre at 2pm, followed by afternoon tea.