A memorial service for Counselor Phillip J.L. Brumskine, former grand master of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, is scheduled to be held this Saturday at the Grand Masonic Temple on Benson Street, Snapper Hill, Monrovia.
The service commences at 3 p.m. and will coincide with the funeral service, which will be held in New York, United States of America, at the same time.
Counselor Brumskine died January 9, 2015 at a hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He was in his 88th year.
Cllr. Brumskine was deputy grand master of Masons in 1980, serving under Grand Master E. Reginald Townsend, who was killed during the coup d’etat that year. Mr. Brumskine succeeded Mr. Townsend as grand master.
Phillip J.L. Brumskine was born on November 12, 1927 in Upper Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. He attended the Martsel Academy, the College of West Africa and the University of Liberia, where he earned the B.A. degree.
He later studied law by the apprenticeship method and started the Brumskine and Brumskine Law Firm in Monrovia.
In his public career Counselor Brumskine served as Secretary to the Vice President of Liberia and earlier as Private Secretary to President W.V.S. Tubman.
In his fraternal relations, he served as past master, Evening Star Lodge No. 9 in Upper Buchanan, Grand Bassa County; past master, United Brothers of Friendship (UBF), grand secretary, Grand Lodge of Liberia, 1971, 33 degree member, Scottish Rite Masonry, Mesurado Consistory No. 237, past general grand patron, General Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Liberia, worshipful grand master, Grand Lodge of Liberia, 1987-2006. He reactivated the Craft after its dissolution following the April 12 coup d’etat in 1980.
Among his survivors are his widow, Mrs. Lucille Railey Brumskine, several children, his brother, Dr. Walter Brumskine, and many nieces and nephews, including the prominent Liberian lawyer, politician, founding chairman of Liberty Party and two time presidential candidate, Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine.
A spokesman for the Masonic Craft told the Daily Observer that family members, friends and sympathizers are invited to Saturday’s memorial service at the Temple, and are to be seated by2 p.m.