The District Deputy Grand Master:
R.W. Bro. Douglas A. O’Neil
District Deputy Grand Master – St. Thomas District
He was born in 1945 and has lived in St. Thomas his entire life, with long-
time partner, Jane McGugan. Doug has a married daughter, and three
grandchildren. Attended Elmdale Public School and Central Elgin Collegiate, plus specialized courses for his professions, as an adult student at Fanshawe College.
Employment included London Free Press paper boy, golf caddy, gas pump
jockey. Later including Continental Motors, rebuilding motors for a US Army contract, and Timken Bearings, O. D. Grind Dept.
In 1964, he commenced working for the Dept. of Health at the St. Thomas
Psychiatric Hospital, first as an Attendant and later as a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant. In1974 he began working for Addiction Services where, as well ascarrying a case load, he was involved in Addiction Services Public Relations and Addiction Workshops. Later he became involved in assisting Industries and Businesses in setting up Employee Assistance Programs for Alcohol and DrugAbuse, working closely with Ford Motor Co., Heinz Co. in Leamington, and Interbake Foods in London, to name a few. In 1986 he began working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Officer at the Hospital, where he retired from, in Oct. 1995. Being too young not to work, he began driving School Bus for Laidlaw, later becoming First Student of Canada. While being a bus driver for twelve years, he was also later permitted by the Dept. of Transport to train the new bus drivers and administer their written and road exams.
His Masonic career began in 1978, when he was initiated into St. David’s
Lodge #302. Became Worshipful Master in 1993. Affiliated with Prince of Wales Lodge #171 in1999. Became Worshipful Master in 2002. Has been on several committees over the past years, as well as District Chairman. Past President of the Masters, Past Masters, and Warden’s Association.
Served as District Secretary for R.W. Bro. Stephen Durham of Prince of
Wales #171 in 2015.
Appointed as Grand Steward for the St. Thomas District in 2016.
Progressed to become a 32ndScottish Rite member. Joined Mocha Temple to become a Shriner in 1991. Past President of Hi-Ro Clown Unit. First Deputy Marshall of the Mocha Provost Corps. Inducted into the Royal Order of Jesters in 2016. Present member of Hi-Ro Shrine Club of Elgin.
Hobbies include golfing, camping, and riding his Harley-Davidson!
Is very proud to serve the St. Thomas District as the District Deputy Grand Master