Health Challenges & Retirement Fund Shortage –
Gene’s Story

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“It’s great to be a Mason!” At age 76, in spite of serious health issues, Gene’s bright, optimistic grin and twinkling eyes make him a popular resident at Texas Masonic Retirement Center. With progressing health issues and shrinking retirement funds, Gene’s decades of Masonic allegiance gives him a home here — always.

"It’s great to be a Mason!”

Punching a fist in the air like an exuberant band leader, Gene exclaims, “It’s great to be a Mason!” At age 76, in spite of serious health issues, Gene’s bright, optimistic grin and twinkling eyes make him a popular resident at Texas Masonic Retirement Center.

“I’m a third generation Master Mason. I had the privilege of my father conferring all my degrees on me. My years involved in East Fork Lodge #650 in Wylie and in Plano Lodge #768 gave me great opportunities and lifelong friends,” said Gene.

Gene’s voice breaks as he holds up his left hand and points to a Masonic ring. “One of the most meaningful things that ever happened to me in Masonry was my close friend’s widow giving me his ring. I was waiting in line with my brothers for officer installation at Plano Lodge. She walked up to me and said, ‘He’d want you to have this.’ What an honor--I wear it to remind me of him and what Masonry and the brotherhood means to me.”

A native Texan, Gene grew up in Irving. In 1967, he followed work opportunities to Plano including stints with Brookshire’s Grocery, Carnation Foods, 7-11 convenience stores, Bonanza Steakhouses, Proctor & Gamble, and more. Throughout those years, Gene provided for his wife and daughter, plus pitching in to help his mother, mother-in-law, an aunt, and brother-in-law.

“I’ve worked in grocery, retail, and restaurant management or as a rep selling to those folks all my life. You know those businesses don’t offer much in the way of retirement plans, so I’m grateful and very happy to be living at TMRC.”

A third generation Master Mason, Gene was honored recently with a 50-year pin. His leadership includes serving Plano Lodge #768 as an endowed Past Master and being recognized with the Golden Trowel Award.

"I need to be right here at TMRC. Everybody is here to help and I sure appreciate it.”

In recent years, Gene experienced serious health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes, and balance problems due to neuropathy.

“I’m over the hill and I know what the next part of my journey is gonna be like,” said Gene. “I need to be right here at TMRC. Everybody has met or exceeded my high expectations. Everybody is here to help and I sure appreciate it.”

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Leave a Legacy - Planned Giving

For more than 100 years, gifts received through wills and other planned giving options have built a tremendous foundation of care for older Texas Masons and their loved ones.  We will be glad to visit with you personally to better explain the many options available for planned giving.  Feel free to call Gary Blair, Superintendent, at 817.275.2893 or send an email to gary@MasonicLiving.org.

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