A Message on the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

The following was provided by MW Bro. Dave Abel, leader of the North West Mounted Police Lodge No. 11 degree team.


We often ask ourselves if what we do in Masonry is of any use. I must say that we should take comfort in knowing that our younger generation of Masons are taking their Obligation to heart. I received the following note of condolence in response to the recent tragedy of the Humboldt Broncos.

Received on April 13, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that I offer my condolences for the tragedy in Humboldt last week. It feels like just yesterday your team conducted my raising at the University of Delaware. I never got a chance to thank you and your team for a once in a lifetime opportunity that will forever be with me. Hearing the news this week, a part of me hurt, as I feel you and your team left a part of Saskatchewan with not only me, but Delaware Freemasonry as a whole. The memories and lives of the members of the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team will never be forgotten. My University has taken part in offering prayers, with the athletic teams wearing various green pieces of their uniform to stand in unity with all those affected by this awful tragedy.

Very Respectfully,
Bro. Kyle Swain
Ionic Lodge #31
Wilmington, Delaware

As you can surmise, the NWMP Lodge No.11 Degree Team had the honour of performing the MM Degree and raising Bro Swain in 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware. We are proud to call him Brother. I might add that Bro. Swain is now referring to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he is now enrolled in the Army ROTC.

MW Bro. Dave Abel