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R.W. Bro. Douglas J. McKeon

District Deputy Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada
in the Province of Ontario, Ontario District

 

Doug was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and from a family of 3 brothers. He spent his teen years in Burlington attending school and playing football, the sport he still loves today. He still plays football every Saturday morning with the Whitby Men’s Fall Football League – still going strong. Doug started working at the young age of 10 delivering the Hamilton Spectator. Later he worked at the Red Barn serving fast food. His next step was a millwright apprenticeship at Defasco in Hamilton. After completing the apprenticeship, he moved to Edmonton and got a job at the Edmonton Journal Newspaper. He worked there for 4 years as a maintenance mechanic. He moved to Oshawa in 1984 and worked at Lasco Steel for 11 months before starting his 30 year stay at General Motors. Doug retired from GM in 2015 and soon found himself working at C.S.P. Water Treatment where he still works today.

Doug's involvement in the community started early and he became a coach for his daughter’s ringette team. He loved this and continued for 6 more years. He then got involved in Scouts Canada. Doug became a Cub leader when his youngest daughter joined the Pack and he helped them learn how to integrate children with autism into the Cub Pack. He soon found himself the Akayla and was responsible for planning and organizing the 13th Ajax Pack. Doug spent many years with the Durham Dragons – Special Hockey International. This is a hockey League for players with disabilities. He became a coach and referee and stayed with this organization for 15 years. In 2000 he began coaching soccer with Challenge League Sports. This is a sports program for players who’s special needs cannot be met by existing leagues. He coached junior players for 2 years before he added basketball to his duties and the following year he got involved in coaching baseball. Doug has continued to be a dedicated volunteer with Challenge League for 22 years and currently sits on their Board of Directors as the League Convenor for all sports in addition to coaching and umping.

Doug had a crazy moment in 2010 when he jumped out of a plane at 12,000 ft. He survived his tandem jump.

Doug was initiated in Cedar Lodge No. 270 in April 2005, passed September 2005 and raised October 2005. Doug became Worshipful Master in 2015 and 2018.

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