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Posted: 09 January 2017 10:56 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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Hello my name is David and I have a question about my fathers Mason ring.  My father died in 1984 and was
a Mason.  I have his ring and Bible.  I want to know if it is proper for me to ware his ring?  The ring also has my mothers wedding engagement diamond in the ring.  Thank you for your time.

PS My fathers name was Raymond Harley Pope
Englewood CO. Chapter

Thank you again

David

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Posted: 09 January 2017 11:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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dp51chevy - 09 January 2017 10:56 PM

Hello my name is David and I have a question about my fathers Mason ring.  My father died in 1984 and was
a Mason.  I have his ring and Bible.  I want to know if it is proper for me to ware his ring?  The ring also has my mothers wedding engagement diamond in the ring.  Thank you for your time.

PS My fathers name was Raymond Harley Pope
Englewood CO. Chapter

Thank you again

David

Depending on the state you are in, it may be technically illegal to wear it if you are not a mason but those laws are not enforced. If you wear it in honor of your father, the worst thing that may happen is people might ask you some strange questions.  If they do, just tell them it was your father’s ring and you are wearing it to honor his memory. Who knows, you might make some new friends.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 12:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Thank you for information Brother John.

David

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Posted: 10 January 2017 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Generally non-Masons don’t wear Masonic rings, but nobody is going to force you to take it off, and as John said…it might lead to some strange conversations and new friends.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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It’s a free country, you can wear whatever you want. But wearing a Masonic ring implies you’re a Mason, and why would you want people to think you’re something you’re not? It’s like wearing a class ring for a school you never attended.

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Posted: 10 January 2017 01:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Brother John - 09 January 2017 11:14 PM

Depending on the state you are in, it may be technically illegal to wear it if you are not a mason but those laws are not enforced. If you wear it in honor of your father, the worst thing that may happen is people might ask you some strange questions.  If they do, just tell them it was your father’s ring and you are wearing it to honor his memory. Who knows, you might make some new friends.

I’ve never heard of such a law and I don’t see how it would even be Constitutional, since choice of clothing and jewelry are forms of expression protected by the 1st Amendment.

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Posted: 11 January 2017 11:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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It depends on what you mean by wearing it. If you mean wearing on your finger as a ring, then no because it would falsely identify you as a Master Mason which it sounds like you are not. However, I see know reason why you couldn’t wear it around your neck on a chain.

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Posted: 12 January 2017 04:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]  
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NY State has such a law on the books.

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Posted: 13 January 2017 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]  
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dp51chevy - 09 January 2017 10:56 PM

Hello my name is David and I have a question about my fathers Mason ring.  My father died in 1984 and was
a Mason.  I have his ring and Bible.  I want to know if it is proper for me to ware his ring?  The ring also has my mothers wedding engagement diamond in the ring.  Thank you for your time.

PS My fathers name was Raymond Harley Pope
Englewood CO. Chapter

Thank you again

David

David,  I think you would really honor your father’s memory by becoming a Freemason yourself. I am sure he would be proud of you for doing so.  Then wearing his ring would really have meaning to you.  I have and wear my fathers gold Masonic ring.  He gave it to me when I became a Freemason.

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Posted: 13 January 2017 09:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]  
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While I am by no means an expert on many of these subjects, I find myself agreeing with Brother John on this one. 

Is it not the ultimate achievement of a father, for his son to want to show his admiration and honor toward his father?

If people ask, or the conversation goes awry, it is easy enough to explain to people why you wear a ring (or necklace, or tie clip) that belonged to your beloved relative.

As someone very new to the craft, it does present a (likely long time) visible rifts of opinion on both sides.

It strikes me, as I am about to continue into my FC degree..

Where was I first a Mason?  Does this not support the idea?

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