Ron Brinkman - Mason

Obituary from Grand Lodge

Ronald Alfred Brinkman, 89, passed on December 5, 2011 of natural causes. Ron
was born in Stamford, Connecticut on July 9, 1922. He was preceded in death by his
parents and his wife Hazel. He enlisted in the US Army on February 25, 1941 and was
qualified as a seaman mine planter, a military policeman, a tank mechanic, and a
construction rigger. He served with the Santa Fe Detachment Manhattan Project while
in the Army and continued to work at Los Alamos National Laboratories after being
discharged from the Army. Ron was an avid Freemason, 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason,
and Shriner. He served the Masonic Grand Lodge of New Mexico as Grand Lecturer and
Grand Secretary from which he retired. He was awarded the title of Honorary Grand
Master in 1986. Ron attended the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque with his
companion of 20 years, Ms. Iris Ciesielski. He was an extremely private person,
something he may have learned while working and living in Los Alamos. Cremation has
taken place. Memorial services will be held January 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Temple Lodge
#6, 3801 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico (One mile west of I-25). Donations may
be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 25004, Albuquerque, New Mexico
87125-0004, in Ron´s memory.

Personal Note: I had the highest respect for Brother Ron Brinkman, from the first joint installation I saw him do for the former 12th district in 1994. He faithfully did our installations for somewhere around 40 years, and they were always a highlight of my Masonic year. We saw each other occasionally, mostly for funerals, unfortunately, but even then his very presence was uplifting. His drive and love for Masonry was unmatched.

I remember a young lady, visibly upset, being interviewed by a reporter during Ronald Reagan's funeral procession. When asked why she had such strong feelings for a past United States President who had served years before she had been born, she simply said, "There are no more like him." A loss with implications bigger than the man himself.

 As it says in our funeral service, "...something has gone out of our own lives that will never be again. Thus, as human ties are broken, the world becomes less and less, and our hopes of being reunited with friends who are gone grows more and more. Here is immediate compensation, which, while it cannot assuage our grief, may teach resignation to the inevitable doom of all things mortal..." Hope springs eternal, but the loss is still felt.

His column is broken, and his brethren mourn.    

Godspeed, Brother Ron, until we shall meet you and greet you on that evershining shore, there to be parted nevermore, forever and forever.

Dennis Anderson


Written by Dennis AndersonPosted in: News