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KING, Nelson - Peacefully at Scarborough Grace Hospital on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at age 66. Beloved husband to Ellen and loving father to Vicki and her husband Greg Rout. Grandfather to Rebecca and Sarah. Nelson received his primary education in Perth, Ontario and graduated from Banting Institute, University of Toronto in 1967. He was appointed Assistant Editor (1992) and Editor (1994) of The Philalethes Society Journal of Masonic Research and Letters, the first non-US citizen to hold these positions. He is only the second Mason to ever hold the position of President and Editor of The Philalethes at the same time. He retired as Editor in June 2009. Nelson was a well known Masonic speaker throughout North and South America and the Caribbean. His book "Confessions of a Born Again Fundamentalist Freemason" has become a Masonic Best Seller. Nelson was a member of the Grand Lodge of Canada, in the Province of Ontario and Honourary Member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut and was a member of a number of other Prince Hall Lodges. He has received many honours and awards throughout his lifetime. Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. A Masonic Service will be held at 2 o'clock on Saturday, August 20, followed by a memorial gathering. In lieu of flowers, please sign your organ donation card or go online to the Trillium Gift of Life Network Organ and Tissue donation

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Published in Toronto Star from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2011.
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September 12, 2011
Thanks you Nelson, for just being there.
Bill McElligott
August 28, 2011
A special person, a great Mason, and a good friend. Nelson will be missed, but I trust he will be amongst us, although in other plans. May the GAOTU bless his soul.
Jose Seixas
August 22, 2011
Condoglianze vivissime.
Aristide L Ceccanti
August 22, 2011
I apologize that this is late. Nelson touched my life as he had thousands of others, and in a most positive way. My sincere condolences to the family and also to everyone who feels a great loss with the passing.
milo dailey
August 22, 2011
I'm sorry I missed Bro. Nelson's funeral. He was my first guest speaker when I started the Downtown Masonic Luncheon in 2002. He was very open, caring and had a vision of masonry that I respect and thank him for.
Pat Piccione
August 21, 2011
Bro King was and inspiration to us all, he will be missed but not forgotten. My condolences to the family.

Tony Aveledo
Brossard, QC
Antonio Aveledo
August 21, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Thomas Keffer
August 20, 2011
Bro. Nelson was a great mentor to me through his writing and benevolence. I am sure his good works will continue but he will be greatly missed.
Go in Peace Brother your tools are now at rest but they will be picked up and used again.
Ian Donald
August 20, 2011
Harold Davidson
August 20, 2011
Fraternal condoleances
Jacques Huyghebaert
August 19, 2011
Brother, you have forever laid down the working tools of life. May the record of your life be as spotless as that Apron you were once given. Finally, when you naked spirit stands alone , before He Who Reigns as Judge Supreme, may it be your portion, my Brother, to hear those welcome words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joys of thy Lord"
Joe McBride
August 19, 2011
Br. Nelson exemplified the Helping Hand of Freemasonry. His charitable works are legion; in addition, he seemed to have time for younger Masons who needed guidance and/or direction. He was a virtually tireless warrior in the trenches, often staking out positions that the "powers-that-be" didn't like. That didn't stop Nelson! I only met him once, in Indianapolis; but, he made a very strong and lasting impression. He will be missed. RIP Brother Nelson
Steven Robison
August 19, 2011
You will be missed Brother Nelson. You were a great man and Mason. God bless.
Ted Hogan
August 19, 2011
The World of Freemasonry is vastly richer since Brother Nelson sojurned amongst us. He will be fondly remembered, especially by the first generation of "cyberM@sons". Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again. S.M.I.B.
Andrew Bergman
August 19, 2011
remembered kindly and with affection...

robert streeter.
August 19, 2011
Dear Ellen, Vicki and Family:
Words fail me in trying to convey my sense of loss with Bro. Nelson's passing. He was a Brother, a mentor and a friend. And to so many Masons around the world, our conscience to do what is right. We will all miss him.
He and you are in our prayers and thoughts at this trying time. God has given him rest, may he send you solace.
Jay Marksheid
August 19, 2011
Fairwell my Brother, I know God will keep you close, after all your great work here on earth. Now you are at peace and out of pain. Fraternally D. Brian Monkman, (Winnipeg, MB.)
August 19, 2011
A giant of a man, a rare person, rare even amongst Masons, one who embodies all that we prize in our Brotherhood, a true Brother who gave more of himself than he ever received.
Earl Hart
Henry Clay #95, Sutter Creek, CA and
XXSettembre #604, Montepulciano, Italy
August 19, 2011
My sincerest sympathies,
My prayers are with all ov you,
Carol Jay
August 19, 2011
'The Grand Lodge Above' will be enhanced with the addition of this new member. A lovely man and a great Mason.
Bill McElligot [UK]
August 19, 2011
To Ellen and the Family of our beloved esteem Brother Nelson King. He was a rare and unique mason. He will always be in my heart as one of my most beloved brothers. We share so many times together and personal phone calls.
With Fraternal Love, President Emeritus Tommy Rigmaiden
Tommy Rigmaiden
August 19, 2011
Br. King, you will be remembered fondly. Travel LVX.
Greg Stewart
August 19, 2011
Rest well my will be sorely missed
Everett Sayre P.M.
Everett Sayre
August 19, 2011
Como Gran Maestro de la Gran Logia de Cuba de A.L. y A.M. expreso, a nombre de todos los masones cubanos, las más sinceras condolencias por la partida al Oriente Eterno del Querido Hermano Nelson King, quien fuera Miembro de Honor de nuestra Alta Cámara e incansable colaborador de la Familia Cubana de la Masonería Universal. Siempre le recordaremos con inmenso cariño.
Jose Ramón González Díaz
August 19, 2011
I will always remember Nelson, the conversations we had, meeting at the Spring Workshop in Alberta, his Masonic Relief for Cuba efforts. He will be sorely missed. "Farewell, my Brother."
Stan Berry
August 19, 2011
Nelson was my Skype partner for many years and helped me through some hard times. I was proudto be his brother and I will miss him a lot.
August 19, 2011
To the family of Brother Nelson King: Though I never met Nelson in person we passed many messages over the internet. His caring personality and Masonic wisdom will be missed by all of us here at Masonic Brother forum,
May he rest in peace knowing his legacy will be admired and honored
Blake Walston
August 19, 2011
We will miss you brother King prayers for all of your family.
david broman
August 19, 2011
You were the One little candle that drove away the darkness Nelson. I will miss you.
Errol Feldman
August 19, 2011
You will be missed br. King. Our prayers for your family during this time of grief and transition.

Raymond Walters
Raymond Walters
August 19, 2011
Br. King, I have had the utmost of respect for you since we met in 1983. I have enjoyed our many conversations over the years- online and in person when I would visit family in Toronto. I AM a better person from knowing you and you will be missed.
Raymond Walters
August 18, 2011
You have always had the utmost of my respect, and I always enjoyed our conversations- online or in person when I visited family in Toronto. I AM a better man & Freemason from having known you.

Raymond Sean Walters, Valley Hi Lodge #1407 AF&AM San Antonio, Texas
Raymond Walters
August 18, 2011
You always had the utmost of my respect, and I AM a better man & Freemason for having known you. Peace, by brother!
Raymond Walters
August 18, 2011
May the peace which comes from the cherished memories of love shared, comfort you now and may the love of those around you help you make it through the days and years ahead. Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
Tom McGinty
August 18, 2011
My Dear Brother Nelson,
You were truly a soldier for Freemasonry. You fought for what was right for your Prince Hall brethren.. Will miss our conversations and also time spent together at our sessions.
To Ellen and family,
May the tenets of Freemasonry dwell upon your household during your time of bereavement....

Bro. Ralph and Shermain McNeal
San Tan Valley, Arizona
Ralph McNeal
August 18, 2011
I lost a friend,an excellent Mason, a gentleman. I never met him in person. But we talk everyday. IAm going to miss him.
My condolences to Ellen, children and grandsons.I gave the news to his friends in Cuba.They want to send their condolences to the family. I will remember Nelson always, we will meet again beyond the raimbow. Mannysr
Manuel Alvarez
August 18, 2011
Virtus Junxit, Mors Non Separabit. Resquiat In Pacem....
From the GAOTU we have come; surely to the GAOTU is our final return. Through ups and downs, differences and and joys, life and death, friendship endures.

May Ellen, Vicki, and Rachel have certitude that he and they are loved by his Brethren, and "that He Who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb looks down with infinite compassion upon the widow and fatherless in the hour of their desolation; and that the Great Architect will fold the arms of His love and protection around those who put their trust in Him."

So mote it be.
Rashied Sharrieff-Al-Bey
August 18, 2011
Harry B. Lyon
August 18, 2011
It was my loss that I never had the opportunity to meet Brother Nelson in this life. It is my hope that this will change when he and I have a chance to meet on another plan. My hopes and prayers are with his family that they may know how much he will be missed by his beloved Fraternity.
Tony Percifield
August 18, 2011
There he always stood an upright man and Mason and accepted as such among Fellows and Brethren. This Masonic icon will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Bro. Nelson.
Howard R. Jones
August 18, 2011
My heartfelt condolences. Nelson was a great man ... and a good friend and mentor. I'm so sorry was lost touch in recent years. Oh well, at least he's at rest.

Richard Carveth
(One of Nelson's "Initiates"
August 18, 2011
Bro. Nelson's internet writings have been a major factor in the better understanding of Masonic life in our time. His work will be long remembered as 'good Masonic work'.
Tom Thornton
August 18, 2011
Eddie Conner
August 18, 2011
Nelson was truly a credit to Masonry and a gentleman. When you hand a conversation with him and a look of wonderment appeared on your face he would take the time to instruct you into understanding.
George Springett
August 18, 2011
"Well done, good and faithful servant; thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joys of thy Lord".
David Lettelier
August 18, 2011
Nelson is the personification of the North East Angle. Our Brother exercised that virtue which justly denominates the distinguishing characteristic of a Mason’s heart. He practised charity daily and as charity has the approbation of Heaven and Earth he is blessed as he cheerfully embraced that virtue.
Rest in peace my Brother.
Bob MacPherson
August 18, 2011
Nelson was everything a caring Mason should be. We will miss him greatly. Deepest condolences to Ellen and the family. Rest in Peace.
Afeef Lazarus
August 18, 2011
Deepest sympathy from one of his many friends `across the pond'. May he dwell in eternal peace & may the Lord look down favourably upon all his family.
Victor Sereno
Victoria Lodge
Southport, England
August 18, 2011
His Labours in this Life has come to an end. But his memory on what he has accomplished will never be forgotten.
Well Done. My Friend And Brother
George E. Hinds
Orient Lodge #339
George Hinds
August 18, 2011
Rest in Peace my brother, Enter now into that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Ronald M Goldwyn
August 18, 2011
Sincere condolences
Larry Fama, PM San Francisco 120
Lawrence Fama
August 18, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to Ellen and family. Bil & Helen Vassily, Liverpool Syracuse Lodge #501 GLNY
William G. Vassily
August 18, 2011
Sincere condolences. Soit en Paix mon frere.
Marc DuMoulin, Wellesley Lodge MA
Marc DuMoulin
August 18, 2011
Nelson, you have been a great friend and inspiration and I will miss you Bro. King. May God protect your family and keep them Safe
Harmon Weston
August 18, 2011
Rest well my brother, mentor, father figure. You have earned the Masters Word and gained admittance into the Celestial Lodge above. I know you were immediately invited to a seat in the East.

We will forever cherish being blessed by your presence.

we will meet again...

You and Charlie together again...
Aubrey Brown Sr
August 18, 2011
Our sincere condolences to your family. Thank you for the connection to the Grand Lodge of Costa Rica. Maybe we will be able to establish a Food Factory there because of this connection. Tom & Debbie Dyer - Georgina Lodge # 343
Tom & Debbie Dyer
August 18, 2011
Sincere condolences. Greg Robinson, Orient Lodge, No. 339, Toronto.
Greg Robinson
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