MWBro (Curly) Walter Edward Foster
June 15, 1920 – December 20, 2010
Grand Master 1980 – 1981
Walter Edward Foster, more affectionately known as “Curly” was born Mansfield,
Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, England on June 15, 1910. He received his education at
Mansfield Woodhouse and attended the County School of Art at Mansfield as part of his
apprenticeship as Painter Decorator and Sign Writer. On enlisting in the “Royal Air
Force” in 1940 and serving in Europe and he served at Penhold, Alberta under the
Commonwealth Air Training Plan and returned to England being demobilized in 1945.
After being employed in his trade as a journeyman he returned to Red Deer, Alberta in
December 1948 and continued his trade from that time onward. He became a Foreman
Painter with the Provincial Government in 1952 and prior to his retirement he was at
Olds College where he had instructed course pertaining to his trade.
Some of his activities in the community were as follows; Scout Master, instrumental in
establishing the Senior Citizens Friendship Club in Red Deer, Past member of the Board
of Gaetz United Church – Red Deer, Board of Stewards of Olds United Church, Past
Campaign Chairman of Olds Community Chest, Past President of Branches 14 and 10 of
Civil Service Association. MWBro Foster was initiated, passed and raised in Kenilworth Lodge No 29 in 1950, serving as Worshipful Master in 1958. Moving to Olds in 1964 he
immediately affiliated with Mountain View Lodge No 16 and has held joint membership
since. He served as Secretary-Treasurer for Mountain View Lodge No 16 for 8 ½ years.
He was appointed Grand Steward in 1968 and elected as District Deputy Grand Master
for District No 4 in 1971. He served on several Grand Lodge Committees for many years
such as the Board of General Purposes, Finance Committee, and Chairman of the
Fraternal Relations Committee. He was appointed as Grand Representative near the
Grand Lodge of Idaho in 1972 and he held this appointment until is passing. He was
elected as Junior Grand Warden at the 1977 Annual Communication and in June 1980 he
was elected and installed as Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Alberta.
He had very active and keen interest in various sports in the past, being a very ardent
sportsman as his trophy collection will testify, admitting that soccer was his favourite.
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