RIP Dr. Jim Tresner

I was saddened today when I read the announcement from the Grand lodge of Oklahoma’s Facebook page:

  “It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Dr. Jim Tresner early this morning. Arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available.”

I wasn’t shocked when I read this but not surprised.  I had heard Jim was near death and it was just a matter of time.  Freemasonry has lost a real giant among men.

Brother Tresner was one of my all time favorite Masonic writers.  Jim wrote for the average man.  I wouldn’t be lying if I was to say my writing style has been influenced by James Tresner.

I never got to meet Brother Tresner personally.  I was able to see him speak once at the Scottish Rite temple in Guthrie.  I thought about walking up and shaking his hand after his talk but I was such a fan boy I couldn’t muster the courage to say hello to one of my idols.  I fear I will regret that for years to come.

“Well done, good and faithful servant”