Companion Walter Herbert John Baird
Most Puissant Grand Master
2013 - 2014
Walter Herbert John Baird known as John was born
on July 17,
1947 and is the only child of Austin and Elsie Baird. John is the
father of two
adult daughters and is a very proud poppy to his 2 year old twin
granddaughters, Leah and Lauren. John also has two step children with
Friend Brenda Brophy.
John completed his early education in
the Community of Terra
Nova and Town of Clarenville. He completed his Grade Eleven in St.
graduated from the College of the North Atlantic in 1968 with a diploma
Business Administration. While employed at the Royal Trust Company from
1968-1974 he completed the Trust Officers Program and received his
from the Trust Institute of Canada. In 1974 John accepted a position of
and Trust Administrator with the Estates Office, of the Supreme Court
Newfoundland and Labrador. In June 2011, the Estates Office became the
of the Public Trustee for the Province and John became the First Public
for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
John is a member of the Church of the
In his spare time John can be found at
his Cabin where he
spends countless hours at his prized hobbies, salmon fishing in the
summer and Skidoo-ing
in the winter, or as of late babysitting his twin granddaughters.
John was installed in Avalon Lodge No.
2 (776 E.C) on May
27, 1982. He was elected and installed as Worshipful Master in 1989 and
present is serving as immediate Past Master. He is Past President of
Lodge Past Masters Association. Founding member of Farmham Lodge of
No. 33 and services as Worshipful Master for 2 years 2010-2012.
of Terra Nova Lodge No. 35. He was also a former member of Lodge
Union Lodge. He has serviced on the Board of General purposes of the
Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador as was elected and served as Grand
Warden for two terms.
Exalted in Shannon Chapter No. 1in
1984, elected High Priest
in 1990. He received the Holy Order of High Priest Hood in 1991,
Grand Representative to Louisiana in 1999, installed as Grand High
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Newfoundland and Labrador
made Honorary Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch
Nova Scotia in 2006; served as President of the Holy Order of High
in 2006- 2008.
Greeted in Eastern Council No. G Royal
& Select Master
in 1987, elected Thrice Illustrious Master in 1991, received an order
trowel in 1991, service again as TIM 2008 and 2009 appointed Grand
representative to Kentucky for 1993- 1996. He was appointed Grand
1994. Elected and installed as Most Puissant Grand Master on May 3,
Created a Knight in Beothic Preceptory
No.71 in 1985,
elected and installed Presiding Preceptor in 1989, served against as
Preceptor 2007 and served as Provincial Grand Prior 2010-2012.
Cross of Constantine
He was admitted to J Charles Moores
Conclave No. 21 in 1993,
served as Most Puissant Sovereign in 2006.
Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest
joined Beaumont Hamel Tabernacle No 219 in
2003 served as High Priest 2008- 2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
conferred the rank of Past Grand II Pillar by Grand College 2013.