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District Deputy Grand Master
John and his seven siblings were born on the banks of the River Clyde in Greenock, Scotland to John and Louise Wallace.
He received his education and apprenticed in his home town of Greenock, and immigrated to Canada in 1974. After working at several companies, was hired by General Motors in Oshawa, where he was a Patternmaker primarily in the North Plant Tool and Die Facilities. John retired from the Oshawa Car Final Assembly Plant in 2013 after 30 years.
In 1978, John married his wife and later had two sons, who are now Sergeants/Detectives with the Toronto Police Services. John and his wife have four grandchildren to spoil and enjoy.
John joined Mount Zion Lodge No. 39 in Brooklin in 1977 and served as their Worshipful Master in 1983, 1994, 1995 and l997. He joined the Valley of Toronto Scottish Rite in 1984 and served as their Thrice Puissant Grand Master in 2001. He remains active with the Toronto Valley as a director in the 5th and 14th degree casts and currently serves as the Valley Chairman of the Officer Nominating Committee. He was coroneted 33 degree Inspector General in Windsor in 2003. In his Craft Lodge, he continues to assist in the weekly School of Instructions, mentoring new members and assisting at the lodge blood donor clinics.
For many years, John worked with young people in the Ajax minor baseball leagues, serving as the convener. He continues to meet professionals on whom he had a positive impact in their youth.
In addition to his grandchildren, John has many interests to occupy his time. He and his family have enjoyed cottage life on the Burnt River for many years and continue to do so. Being a true Scot, he is a lover of pigeons; he breeds, raises and races them from his own loft. He loves to garden and extols the virtues of home grown food. He is also a Volvo lover and works to have his two beauties always running in top order.
In 2013, John realized his life long goal to learn to play the bagpipes. He has been taking lessons from the Ontario District pipers, practices religiously, and has mastered the glorious bags of Scottish music. He is now regularly seen at District functions attired in his kilt with his pipes, providing the wonderful musical noise all Scots love.
Most importantly, John has been a lover of life in Canada and is truly dedicated to his family, country and Masonry. He unselfishly makes himself available to help others, whether they are his neighbours, his community or his lodge, and truly enjoys meeting people. For people who know him, his motto is "you gotta talk to the people", which he certainly does.