David John Lamprey
Brother David John Lamprey, Sr. was born at Portsmouth, New Hampshire on February 22, 1938. He has been a lifelong resident of North Hampton, New Hampshire and attended North Hampton schools, graduating from Hampton Academy in 1955.
He attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1957 with an Associates Degree in Machine Work and Toolmaking. Following graduation, he went to work for Lamprey Brothers, Inc., a family business, retiring in 1999 after 42 years.
On October 8, 1960 Brother Lamprey married Joanne McLean of North Hampton and they have 3 sons, one daughter, and 10 grandchildren. He belongs to the United Church of Christ in North Hampton.
He served as a volunteer firefighter in Northampton for 19 years.
Brother Lamprey was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason and Saint James Lodge No. 102 on November 21, 1974 and served as Worshipful Master in 1998. He Is an honorary member of Gideon Lodge No. 94 of Kingston and Tucker Lodge No. 99 of Raymond.
He is a charter member of William Pitt Tavern Lodge No. 1789, a member of General William Whipple Military Lodge and Anniversary Lodge of Research No. 175.
Brother Lamprey is an honorary member of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay and has received the highest award given by the Order of DeMolay, the Legion of Honor. He has been elected to receive the highest award given by the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, the Cross of Color.
In the York Rite of Freemasonry, he is a member of St. Alban Chapter No. 15, Royal Arch Masons, Olivet Council No. 11, Royal And Select Masters, and DeWitt Clinton Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar. He served as Excellent High Priest in St. Alban Chapter No. 15 in 1995.
In 1977 Brother Lamprey became a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite bodies in the Valley of Portsmouth-Dover and the New Hampshire Consistory, Valley of Nashua. He is a Past Sovereign Prince of John Christie Council, Princes of Jerusalem and a Past Most Wise Master of New Hampshire Chapter of Rose Croix. He is received the New Hampshire Consistory Meritorious Service Award and in September, 2004, was coroneted a 33rd° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America.
For service to his Lodge and Freemasonry, brother Lamprey received the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Medal in bronze in 1990. In May 2003 he was presented with New Hampshire Freemasonry’s highest award the Jeremy Ladd Cross Medal.
In May 1988, brother Lamprey was appointed as the Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. He ascended through the Grand Lodge line offices and was installed as the Deputy Grand Master on May 15, 2004. The next day, less than 30 hours after being installed as Grand Master, Brother Albert P. Burgess passed away and Brother Lamprey assumed all of the powers and responsibilities of that high office and served as the acting Grand Master until May 21, 2005. On that day he was elected and installed as the 110th Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New Hampshire.
Brother Lamprey brings to the office of Grand Master a quiet dignity and a degree of humility seldom seen in one who attains this elevated position within our gentle Fraternity. New Hampshire Freemasons can be justifiably proud of the fine man and brother who occupies the seat of ultimate Masonic authority, that of Grand Master.
Most Worshipful Lamprey laid down his working tools and traveled to the Celestial Lodge above on November 27, 2018.