Pioneer Lodge A.F. & A.M.
Instituted March 9th 1863
Constituted March 21st 1864
Freemasonry is alive and well in Somerset, MA. Pioneer Hall is the Masonic home of Pioneer Lodge - part of the 16th District of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
145 Pleasant Street
Somerset, MA 02726
Pioneer Lodge AF & AM was Constituted in 1864. The Lodge is located at 145 Pleasant Street in the quaint Village of Somerset Massachusetts and meets the 1st Monday of each month. Meetings gather at 6pm.
Meet the Brothers of Pioneer Lodge
Worshipful George L. Gesner
Receives 50-Year Past Master's Certificate
(Left to Right) Wor. Manny Ferreira III, Wor. Master Riley Sanders, Wor. George Gesner, 16th District Deputy Grand Master, RW Michael R. Durocher, Wor. Jeffrey Profio
On April 24, 2019 the officers of Pioneer Lodge gathered with the rest of the 16th Masonic District to Exemplify their knowledge of the 2nd degree. WM Riley Sanders took a great shot of our officers.
May 2019 - Senior Warden of Pioneer Lodge, Charles Oldham, was among a few who received the "Stewards of the Community" award from Steward Hospital Group. He was recognized as a member of the Fall River Fire Department EMS Division who provides his talents to the Steward Hospital Group.
Henry Hank Williams, 84, of Somerset passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019. He was the son of the late Percy and Marion (Paul) Williams, and the husband of the late Marjorie A. (Vanasse) Williams. Hank served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After serving, he worked for Raytheon and later as a senior auditor for the Foxboro Company for 25 years; retiring in 1997. Hank was a member of the AM Vets #72, a former president of the Somerset Improvement Club and the Somerset Historical Society. He was a troop leader for the Boy Scouts Troop #62, and worked with the Somerset Little League for 26
Read the news article about the resurgence of Pioneer Lodge
Officers of Pioneer Lodge
2018 - 2019
(Back Row, L-R) Bro. John Bell, Wor. Jack Bowden, Past Master Worshipful Jeffrey Profio, Bro. Drew DaSilva, Bro. Steven Bulygo, Wor. Manny Ferreira III, Bro. Mark Guillemette, Bro. John Costa (Front Row, L-R) Bro. Michael Rezendes, Bro. Charles Oldham, Worship Master Riley W. Sanders, Bro. Alan Buckless
Abel Perez 1961 - 2019 Sadly one of our candidates of Pioneer Lodge was taken too soon after a long battle with cancer. Abel was born on March 31, 1961 and passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
Abel was a resident of Swansea, Massachusetts at the time of passing.
At age 15, he relocated to Rhode Island and attended North Kingstown High School and later obtained a degree in Business from CCRI.
years. He was a member of Pioneer Lodge A.F.&A.M., Somerset and the Blue Hill Lodge of Canton, and also a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Southeastern Massachusetts, Wareham, MA. Hank is survived by his children; Henry Williams Jr. of Jackson Hole, WY, Stephen J. Williams of Cartersville, GA, Beth Ann Boie of Fall River; grandchildren Samuel Williams, Victoria Boie, Laurel Boie and Ethan Boie, along with several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Donna Castro, and his siblings; Earl Williams, Lloyd Williams, Everett Williams, Leonard Williams, Gertrude Spencer, Bernice Remy, and Norma Vanasse.
Abel Perez never had the chance to fulfill his ambition to become a Freemason - but to the Brothers of Pioneer he was already a Brother in spirit. His family celebrated his life on December 8th at 2 PM at the Somerset United Methodist Church at 841 Read St. in Somerset, MA. We will remember what Abel meant to us - a good man.
Billy E. Dolin, age 95, of Swansea, passed away Saturday, November 09, 2019 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Mary N. (Fonseca) Dolin. Born and raised in Ottawa, West Virginia a son of the late Dan and Jamie (Stolling) Dolin, he was a longtime resident of Swansea. A graduate of Diman Regional Technical Vocational High School, he was a Veteran of the United States Navy having served during World War II. He underwent training at the Norfolk Naval Base and served aboard the U.S.S. Constellation and the U.S.S. Beatty. While enlisted in the service he drove a cab and was a short order cook. Mr. Dolin was the owner and operator of Dolin Electric for many years and was the electrical Inspector for the town of Swansea until the age of 87. He was the Chief Maintenance Operations Officer at the Veterans Administration before his retirement. A 76 year member of the American Legion, he was Commander of Post 311, Seekonk and Post 303, Swansea. A two time District Commander and Judge Adjutant for District 9 Bristol County he was
Department Aid to Department Commander Leo Bernier, a Department Sargent Commander, POW Chairman from 1985 through 2014, POW Vice Chairman since 2014 and Chair Emeritus and POW Post 303 Judge Adjutant for the past 20 years. An avid traveler, he enjoyed playing cards and visiting Foxwoods Resort and Casino. He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Dias and her husband Anthony of Westport and Linda Taylor of Fall River; two sons, Gerald "Gene" Dolin and his wife Joyce of Swansea and James Dolin of Somerset; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Norman Dolin and Bruce "Skip" Loudin, brother of the late Othar Dolin and Lillian Aleshire and grandfather of the late Nathan "Nate" Taylor. His Funeral was held on Friday, November 15, 2019.
Otis Grey Manchester Jr., age 88, of North Port, FL (originally from Somerset, MA), passed away on October 15, 2019 at his residence. He became a tool and die maker, and worked for Hewlett-Packard for years until his retirement at 61. He and his wife, Joan, moved to North Port in 1994.Otis had been a Freemason for 63 years.
Please take a few minutes to read an interesting article about the military service of Otis.
Officers of Pioneer Lodge 2017 - 2018 gathered with the rest of the 16th Masonic District to Exemplify their degree knowledge. WM Jeffrey Profio and Lodge Officers (L-R) Bro. Nicholas LaRoche, Bro. James Charrette, Wor. Manny Ferreira III, Wor. Riley Sanders, Wor. Jeffrey Profio, Bro. John Bell, Bro. Alan Buckless, Bro. Steven Bulygo, Bro. Michael Rezendes, and Bro. Mark Guillemette.