Gerald S. Leighton was born in Bangor, Maine on December 15, 1944 the son of Owen and Madelyn (Stone) Leighton. He received his formal education in the Bangor and Brewer schools systems and graduated from Brewer High School in 1963. While enrolled at Husson College in Bangor, Maine he opted to join the Maine Army National Guard. His military career covered some 23 years of service. Taking advantage of educational opportunities offered by the military he attained the top levels in the fields of administration, logistics and personnel. Although he had already attained the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8) and was assigned to higher headquarters during his career, he chose to end his military effort by getting back to the troops and retired as First Sergeant of a headquarters element.
When not actively engaged with Masonic activities, Brother Leighton enjoys the pleasure of his garden and tries to find time to work in his wood working shop. Fishing has always been an important part of the summer activities and he tries to be sure to get in as much ‘boat’ time as possible.
In November of 1966 he was united in marriage with Norma Cota of Alton, Maine. They have been blessed with two extraordinary children. The oldest, Jennifer graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in architecture and now has 4 wonderful children to keep her busy. Son John graduated from the University of Maine and now teaches in New York state. John is active sports enthusiastic and is an athletic coach for various types of sports in that area. Both children have been great joys to Norma and Jerry and the addition of Grandchildren certainly accentuates that enjoyment.
Brother Leighton was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on 5th of May 1988 in Meridian Splendor Lodge #49 of Newport, Maine. He still fondly recalls that evening when his father and grandfather were present for the event. His grandfather assisted in the raising and that important moment will be long remembered. He was immediately drawn to the Craft and served in the various chairs of the lodge and was installed Master of that lodge in 1995. Directly after his term as Master he was appointed as the District Educational Representative for the 22nd Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Maine and was honored to serve as the District Deputy Grand Master for that district. It was his distinct privilege to be elected as the Junior Grand Warden for the Grand Lodge of Maine 2002-2003 and as the Deputy Grand Master in 2004. He also awaits his commission from the Grand Lodge of Chile as it’s Grand Representative. Seeing a need for involvement in a struggling lodge he took a dual membership in Parian Lodge #160 of Corinna, Maine so that he could serve as Secretary to insure that the administration of that lodge was properly cared for. He has since been given Life Membership in that lodge.
As a Royal Arch Mason he has served as the Grand High Priest for Stevens Royal Arch Chapter in Newport, Maine three times. He spent 3 years as a District Deputy Grand High Priest for the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine and greatly enjoyed his term of office. He is currently the Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of New Mexico and serves on the General Purpose Committee for the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons on Maine. He is also a member of St. Omar Commandry of Oakland, Maine.
After being greeted as a Companion in Mt. Lebanon Council of Oakland, Maine he ascended to Illustrious Master. After that term of office he was elected as a line officer for the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Maine and served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master in 2003-2004. He now serves as the representative to the Grand Council of Ohio from the Grand Council of Maine.
After enjoying the degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the valley of Bangor he was appointed to the line of the Chapter of Rose Croix and completed his term as Most Wise Master in 2003.
Both he and Norma thoroughly enjoy the fellowship presented by the Order of the Eastern Star. He has served as Worthy Patron 4 times and served as Secretary for several years. Brother Leighton also had the opportunity to serve on the Membership Awareness Committee and the Fraternal Relations Committee for the Order. He was also appointed as the representative from the Grand Chapter of Maine to the Grand Jurisdiction of Mississippi.
Gerry and Norma also greatly enjoy the fellowship the Clown unit of Anah Shrine of Bangor provides. His clowning experience as “Yah-Hoo” the cowboy clown has given him much joy. His signature big yellow hat and his toy cow named ‘Ole Paint have brought smiles to children throughout central and northern Maine both in parades and at circus time.
Brother Leighton’s involvement in all of Masonry at the local level encouraged him to create the Masonic Poets Society web page. This internet site now contains well over 100 pieces of poetry concerning the Craft that have been created by Brothers from all over the world. The site keeps growing and has been quoted in many trestle boards and newsletters around the globe.
Brother Leighton also has membership in other Masonic Orders such as:
On May 2, 2006 he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine and on May 3, 2006 was installed into that august office.