Gary D. Bartlett
Illustrious Sir Gary D. Bartlett, Potentate of Aleppo Temple, was created an Aleppo Shriner on January 28, 2006. Something many might not guess, but knowing Gary’s history as a firefighter and EMT for over 24 years, on becoming a Shriner he immediately joined the Fire Brigade. Nope, the Pipe Band. Gary’s father had been a Pipe Major of the Marblehead band, so Gary thought that the Pipe Band would be the place for him. It took all of a year to realize he missed his roots and jumped ship to join the Fire Brigade. A highly active member of the Brigade, Illustrious Gary eventually rose to the position of Deputy Chief of the Fire Brigade. Illustrious Gary’s Masonic career began when he was raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1984 in Philanthropic Lodge in Marblehead. Gary was active in his lodge, affiliated with North Shore Daylight Lodge and is a member of Scimitar lodge as well. Brother Gary is also a very active member of the North Shore Shrine Club. Noticing his leadership skills, in 2014, Illustrious Richard A. Doherty appointed Gary as the “toost” or 2nd Ceremonial Master. Illustrious Sir Bartlett has remained busy during his time on the Aleppo Divan focusing on communication and increasing enthusiasm within the Nobility. Although 2020 was a difficult year, Illustrious Gary was the right man to make very difficult decisions during very difficult times. For his many years of service in the Uniformed Units and Aleppo Divan, Illustrious Sir Gary D. Bartlett, Potentate of Aleppo Temple in 2020, certainly deserves to receive the Robert Gardiner Wilson, Jr. Medal for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Thomas B. Carroll
Brother Thomas B. Carroll has been a very active Mason in Converse Lodge for many, many years. Tom likes being behind the scenes. A working man, Tom has spent many years with the HELP program giving out and delivering wheel chairs, hospital beds, and other handicap accessories. Noble Kenny Howe, long time Chief of the Provost Guard, sponsored Brother Carroll, and Tom became a Shriner in Aleppo Temple on June 4, 2011 immediately joining the Provost Guard and has been an active member of the Guard. Tom has risen to the position of Lieutenant and, when necessary, Tom takes charge and oversees the men in the Unit as they park cars for various events, keeping lanes cleared and cars moving in an orderly fashion. If Tom isn’t busy with the Provost Guard, he drives patients and their families to and from our Hospitals. For many years, our hospital kids would wait for our Aleppo Hospital Van to pull up at their house and say “Hi” to Tom as he helps them into the van. Over the years, Tom has become our top driver amassing over 13,000 miles in a given year. With his dedication to Aleppo, our Hospitals, and our kids, it is fitting that we present to Noble Thomas B. Carroll the highest award in Aleppo Temple, the Robert Gardiner Wilson, Jr. Medal, for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Richard H. Bartlett
Brother Richard H. Bartlett became a Mason on December 12, 1999. He was raised in Philanthropic Lodge in Marblehead. A Mason for 21 years, Brother Richard served as the 3rd Gate for many years helping new candidates to lean back and rest before being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Noble Richard was also a member of North Shore Daylight. Noble Emerson Brown sponsored Brother Bartlett, and Rick became a Shriner along with his brother Gary in Aleppo Temple on January 28, 2006. We all know Noble Bartlett as a member of the Fire Brigade; but, before joining the Fire Brigade, Noble Bartlett spent a year in the Pipe Band. He was very active in the Fire Brigade before being asked to become a member of the Uniform Units Staff in 2015. Noble Bartlett became the Colonel of the Uniformed Units in 2017. Noble Bartlett’s calm demeanor is backed up by a strong sense of right and wrong. This has allowed Rick to maintain the rank of Colonel diffusing issues as they arise, solving Unit problems without any fanfare and putting Aleppo’s best foot forward keeping the Units organized as we represent Shriners during the many parades we participate in. With his leadership abilities as well as his dedication to the Shrine and the Nobility, it is highly desirable to present to Noble Richard H. Bartlett the highest award in Aleppo Temple, the Robert Gardiner Wilson, Jr. Medal, for service above and beyond the call of duty.