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Deer Isle
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 22, 2014
Rockwell receives “rare” honor from Brooklin’s Masons

Brooklin masons honor one of their own

Fellow masons of Wallace “Rocky” Wardwell, of Deer Isle, Maine—from left, Ron Fowle, Larry Staples, Mike Allen, David Rackliffe and Giffy Full—present him with a 65-year pin, with daughter Lorna Grant in attendance, in a May 2014 ceremony.

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With a 75-year pin already in hand from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F), Wallace “Rocky” Rockwell was given a 65 year pin from the Brooklin Masons (of Naskeag Lodge #171) on Sunday, May 18.

“We don’t give these out too often,” said Master Mason Larry Staples. “It is rare, really rare,” Ron Fowle agreed.

Rockwell, of Brooklin, now resides at Island Nursing Home and has for the past year, according to daughter Lorna Grant. He suffers from dementia, although Grant said she was sure the honor was something Rocky would be proud to have. “He was always doing something for someone,” she said, adding that his volunteer work in those two organizations has always been an important part of his life.

Rockwell, now 96, was born and raised in Greenville. He moved to Brooklin in 1945, after serving in World War II. Active in the Masons throughout her entire life, Grant said her father held numerous offices throughout the organization, including the highest office of Master in 1945 and 1955. He received a 50-year pin in 1999 and was made a life member of #171 in 2007.

The pinning ceremony was attended by Brooklin Masons Ron Fowle, Larry Staples, Giffy Full, Mike Allen and Blue Hill’s David Rackliffe, who serves as District Deputy Grand Master of the 4th Masonic District.