Submitted by MIC Jim McGee, Grand Recorder, Grand Council of Alabama
Jack C. Wade, 1944-2022
Most Illustrious Grand Master of Alabama, 2008-2009
Jack Colin Wade of Pelham, Alabama, born May 12, 2022, passed away November 29, 2022. Most Illustrious Companion Wade served as Most Illustrious Grand Master from 2008-2009, Most Excellent Grand High Priest from 2013-2014, and Right Eminent Grand Commander from 2011-2012.
Companion Jack C. Wade was born May 12, 1944 to William H. and Laura M. Wade in Warrior, Alabama. When he was age six, his father moved the family to West Virginia then to Odessa, Texas when he was age ten. He graduated from Permian High School and attended Odessa Junior College where he studied electronics. He served in the U.S. Army and married Brenda J. Taylor during that time. MIC Wade moved from Texas to Birmingham in 1971 and attended the University of Alabama and was employed by Southern Railway after graduation. In January 2008, he retired from Norfolk Southern Railway after more than thirty years of service.
He petitioned Vulcan Fraternal Lodge No. 823 in March 1996, initiated April 1996, passed June 1996 and raised September 11, 1996. He served as Master of Vulcan Fraternal Lodge in 1999 and served as Secretary until the lodge merged with Wahouma Lodge in 2002. The new Lodge was called Metro East Lodge No. 928 and he continued to serve as Secretary after the merger.
Companion Wade was a member of the York Rite Bodies of Birmingham and the Scottish Rite Valley of Birmingham. He was a 32nd KCCH member of the Scottish Rite and served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection and Assistant Class Director. He was also a member of the KYCH, Knight Masons, Red Cross of Constantine, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Council of Annointed High Priests, the Order of the Silver Trowel, Knight Crusader of the Cross, York Rite College, and National Sojourners.
MIC Wade served as the Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of Maine, Grand Council of Portugal, and the Grand Commandery of Michigan. He received the Cryptic Mason of the Year Award in 2002 and the York Rite Sovereign College’s Order of the Purple Cross in 2008.