Bro. John Cameron (Jack) Yourt
William Mercer Wilson Medal Recipient 2016-2017
John Cameron Yourt, generally known as Jack, was born near Cobden, Ontario and raised in Arnprior. He worked as a lineman with Ontario Hydro for 36 years, settling in Winchester where he has lived since 1969. He is married to Linda Poole and has a daughter, Anne Yourt, who lives in Toronto with husband Robin Dwarka and two daughters, Olivia and Marlo. Jack also has a stepson, Sean Patterson, who lives in Thunder Bay with wife Heather Ferguson and daughter, Fiona. Sean is also a mason.
Jack retired in 1993 and has since devoted his time to his favourite hobby, piping. He began playing pipes at age 15 with the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment, played with the Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band for 24 years and is currently a piper with the RCMP Pipes & Drums, since the year 2000.
Jack also teaches piping and is extensively involved in the local piping community. He was treasurer to the Ottawa Branch of the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario for 24 years and was the designate piper to the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Club for 15 years.
Jack has been involved with the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario for over 20 years and chairs the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) contest, which is sponsored annually by the Games. Jack served as President of the Games in 2012 and 2013.
Above: Bro. Yourt with the Grand Master ,M.W.Bro.Donald Campbell at the dedication of North Dundas Lodge No 320
Right: Bro. Yourt receives congratulations from R.W.Bro Douglas Cameron on the occasion of receiving his 50 year pin
Masonic Biography of Bro. John C. Yourt
Initiated in Madawaska Lodge No 196- February 13, 1961
Passed 2nd degree - March 13, 1961
Raised to 3rd degree - April 24, 1961
William Mercer Wilson Medal -July 2016
Member of Madawaska Lodge #196 in Arnprior, Ontario, Mother Lodge
Affiliate member of North Dundas #320 in Winchester, Ontario
Affiliate member of Glengarry Highland Lodge #418 in Maxville, Ontario
Honourary Life Member of Sussex Lodge #5 in Brockville, Ontario
Joined Royal Arch Chapter
Dochert Chapter - April 2, 1962
Joined Ottawa Perceptory - March 27, 1963
Joined Rameses Shriners - November 23, 1963
Joined Tunis Shriners - November 1, 1975
Ottawa Lodge of Perfection - 14th degree March 26, 1965
Murray Chapter Rose Croix - 18th degree March 23, 1966
Ottawa Consistory - 32nd degree November 17, 1979
My interest in masonry began at an early age. My uncle, P. J. Cameron, wore a small masonic pin, which spawned my interest. I too wanted to wear that same pin. Peter Cameron listed as #386 Madawaska Lodge, June 24, 1921. I have his book of "The Work" 1912, which I am donating to Madawaska Lodge for their 150th anniversary in 2017-18.
It should be noted that a dispensation was granted by Most Worshipful Brother W. M. Wilson, Grand Master, to institute a Masonic Lodge at Arnprior, until the meeting of Grand Lodge, when a warrant was issued in due course. The dispensation was dated December 18, 1867 to Madawaska Lodge #196, Grand Registry of Canada. The first lodge meeting was February 9, 1868 in Eddy's Hall, Harrington Street in Arnprior, ON. I am honoured to be a recipient of the William Mercer Wilson award 149 years later.
Some of my Masonic and Shriner memories are as follows: