September 20, 2011, Tuesday, was a sad day for Freemasonry and DeMolay. Bro Conrado (Poy) Gomez (JD of Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No 189; Chapter Dad of Winnipeg Chapter, Order of DeMolay; Senior DeMolay, Jose Abad Santos Chapter, DeMolay Philipines; Member, Khartum Shriners) passed away that morning.
On September 25, Sunday, a DeMolay Memorial Service was officiated by the PMC's of Winnipeg Chapter, Order of DeMolay. Dad Poy was the proud Chapter Dad of Winnipeg Chapter, the first Chapter chartered outside the U.S.A. and which made DeMolay an international organization. He was also very proud that his grandson, Dreden (the one on the right in the pictures below) became a DeMolay and became his brother.
PMC Kristian Regalado presented one of the favorite DeMolay talks of Dad Poy, the Dad Frank S Land Talk.
The Active and Senior DeMolays joined in singing the DeMolay Hymn from the Philippines. It was wonderful to see DeMolays of various ages to pay tribute to Dad Poy by singing the Hymn which he taught the Winnipeg Chapter DeMolays at one of the last Chapter Meetings he attended.
With the Active DeMolays taking turns as Honor Guard, the Masonic Memorial Service was held by Fil-Can Cabletow Lodge No 189.
The Brethren present paid tribute to Bro Poy.
Wakes (lamays) or viewings are celebrations of lives of our beloved departed. As in all wakes of those of Filipino heritage, there was a lot of food.
On September 26, Monday, the Freemasons took turns as Honor Guard.
Bro Rey Galapon (L) and Bro Arnold Calambacan Sr (R)
Bro Orly Perez (L) and VWB Jun Pagunuran (R)
MWB Ted Jones (L) and RWB Reyne Cruz (R)
Changing of the Guard
Bro Mario Bulawit (L) and Bro Conrad Cabrera (R)
Bro Conrad Cabrera conducting the Freemasons singing along.
Bro/Dad Poy will be sorely and terribly missed. But he will never be forgotten.
Happy to have met and known you.
Sorry to part.
Happy to meet again sometime.
Until then, my beloved Brother Poy.