Shriner of the Year for 2016 – Noble Walter Bennett
While this is a very impressive list of his achievements, it does not even begin to tell the story of the dedication and service given by Noble Walter. At the recent preparation for a Christmas Parade, as others observed, the comment was made about Noble Walter – ” that man works like a Trojan”. This was while he was getting the float ready for the Parade. After the Parade he was the lead behind having “soup and Toddies” for those in the parade. He puts extra effort in at every opportunity.
As Social Director for the St John’s Shrine Club for the past few years, Noble Walter has been instrumental in helping turn the Club around. He almost single handed revived the New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance to the now SOLD OUT events. Every meeting he makes arrangement for meals or refreshments, picking up supplies, cooking and serving.
The key in this, as with all things he does for Shriners, is that he never needs to be asked – he is always the first off the mark, volunteering that he will take care of this or that.
Born on Bell Island Nov 19th. 1939
Married for 52 yrs to Pauline (Picco), with two children Stephen and Lisa
Joined the RNC at age 18 and rose to the Rank of Inspector. (Retired)
Member RNC Veterans Association
Active at Church – St Mary’s the Virgin
Joined the CLB, attained the rank of Sergeant and was a drummer in the CLB Bugle Band
Joined Cliff Lodge #3694 in Feb. of 1978
Passed on May 5th 1978
Raised on June 3rd. 1978
Went thru all the offices and became Master of Cliff Lodge in 1996.
Holds the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer for GLNL.
Member of Shannon #9 (chapter), Member of Beothic #71 (Preceptory)
Mazol Shrine Temple:
Initiated – November 16, 1985
Marshal at Potentate Installations ( 10 years)
St John’s Shrine Club:
Past President 1992
Board Social Director 2015, 2016
Member Kitchen Crew – very active
Active with Annual Children’s Christmas Party
The following table gives a listing of the previous years’ Shriner of the Year
|1996||Noble Cecil C. Pelley|
|1997||Noble J. Reginald Hopkins|
|1998||Noble Eldred W. Warren|
|1999||Noble George R. Jones|
|2000||Noble John M. Bartlett|
|2001||Ill. Sir Herman A. Walters, P.P.
|2002||Noble Abel Hughes|
|2003||Noble E. Lloyd Head|
|2004||Noble Charles C. Riddle|
|2005||Noble Chesley G. Lambert|
|2006||Noble Donald R. Milley
|2007|| Ill. Sir John H. Brake, P.P.
|2008||Noble Gerald W. Normore and Noble Everett W. Green
|2009||Noble Reginald F. Bowers
|2010||Noble Ralph Cole|
|2011||Noble Nigel Mercer|
|2012||Noble Alan Neil|
|2013||Noble Hubert Hibbs|
|2014||Noble Max Downey|
|2015||Noble Lloyd Walters|
|2016||Noble Walter Bennett|