Cape resident John McIsaac Jr. recently was honored by the Cape Coral Masonic Lodge 367 and presented his 50-year membership pin and a special card and award.
"Mr. McIsaac was initiated at the Glenshaw Lodge #793 in Pennsylvania on Jan. 31, 1962," said Mason Norbert Mess.
He is both an executive chef and Mason and he presented the honors at Gulf Coast Village this week. He is the executive chef there.
Executive Chef and Mason Norbert Mess (center) presents 50 Year Pin and award to John McIsaac Jr. (seated) with Mason Bob DeFis.
He continued to give more of McIsaac's history during his presentation.
"He 'passed' to the degree of Fellowcraft on March 5, 1962," he said. "He was then raised to Sublime Degree of Master Mason on April 25, 1962."
He then "demitted" to a new lodge in Florida when he moved here, and joined the Cape Coral lodge.
"That was in 1982," Mess said.
When McIsaac received the award, he had many close friends on hand. They call them "brothers" in the Masons.
Brother RW Jack Fleming, PDDGM, said, "I've known John since 1981. He was a school teacher and a bagpipe player for a Shriner band. I met him at Faith Presbyterian Church. He and his wife were members and very active. He did, though, lose his leg in an injury many years ago.
"I was in attendance when he got his 25-year pin."
Another brother is Dewey Tallent.
"This is a very important honor to us," he said. "A lot of times, you read bad news in the newspaper. This is something we do that is worthwhile and positive - a 50-year award. Good news."
Bob DeFis is another brother, who spoke at the ceremony.
"It's wonderful to have a brother for 50 years," he said.
"Gulf Coast Village will host a Faith and Fitness Dinner on Wednesday, May 30, in honor of Older Americans Month, which is open to the public," said Gulf Coast Village Community Relations Director Eileyn Sobeck-Bador.
Call 573-3306 for more information.