R.W. William E. Holland, 1948-2022

By Robert Huke |

R.W. William E. Holland has departed to the celestial lodge above. He was 73.

Brother Holland was raised in Needham, MA. He was a member of Needham Chapter Order of DeMolay  He joined Norfolk Lodge, Needham, in 1971. He was Master in 1989. On April 12, 2021 he received his 50-year Veterans Medal.

He began his service to Grand Lodge in 1993 as Grand Standard Bearer during R.W. Carl Gordon’s term as Deputy Grand Master. In 1998 and 1999 he was District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton 5th Masonic District. He was named Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in 2005.

M.W. Jeffrey B. Hodgdon appointed him Deputy Grand Master in 2006. Deputy Grand Master is the second highest office in the jurisdiction. For his service to Grand Lodge, he received its highest award – the Henry Price Medal – that same year. He served on the Grand Lodge Board of Directors between 2006 and 2012, and again between 2014 and 2018.

Brother Holland was a member of The Masters Lodge, Needham, Marine Lodge, Falmouth, and a charter member of The Lodge of the Royal Secret, Boston. He was Worshipful Master of The Masters Lodge in 2008.

Active in many Masonic bodies, he took his York Rite degrees in Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council, and St. Bernard Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar.

He joined the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Valley of Boston in 1983. He was Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory between 2000 and 2003. He received his 33° in 2001 in Indianapolis, IN. In 2017 he received the Daniel D. Tompkins Award for Distinguished Service.

Brother Holland was a member of Aleppo Shriners, Wilmington.

Bill was Director of Operations for the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Lexington.

He is survived by his wife, Amy.