Thomas C. Cross
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1989-1990
Thomas C. Cross was born in Detroit on October 29, 1929. He was raised and educated in Leamington, Ontario. During these years his musical talent was recognized by many awards and the bands in which he played traveled to concerts throughout Ontario. In Pickering College in Newscastle, Ontario, he played football and studied electrical engineering. He moved on to Queen’s University in Kingston where he graduated near the top of his class with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was employed by Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission for many years and later the Detroit Edison Company, from which he retired in 1988 as Principle Engineer, Electrical. He served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve for sixteen years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration.
He and Beth Norman of Kingston were married on March 1, 1952. They were blessed with three children. The Cross family moved to Southfield in 1966 and became American citizens in 1972. Beth died on March 15, 1992. He married Iva Gulick on August 8, 1992
He was raised as a Master Mason on March 1, 1951 in Queen’s Lodge No. 578. A.F. & A.M. in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In 1976 he became a dual member of Berkley Lodge No. 536 in Berkley, Michigan where he served as Worshipful Master in 1981. He also served as an advisor to the Berkley Chapter, Order of DeMolay and was on the Berkley Masonic Temple Board until he moved to Alma. He was a member of Birmingham Chapter No. 93, R.A.M.; Pontiac Council No. 3, R. & S.M.; Romeo Commandery No. 8, K.T.; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Detroit where he was a member of the Male Chorus; Moslem Temple Shrine; Iowa Research Lodge No. 2; Berkley-Highland Park Chapter No. 483, O.E.S.; Detroit Court No. 3, Order of Amaranth; Royal Oak Shrine, W.S. of J. No. 31; Oakland Scottish Rite Club; North Woodward Shrine Club; Aries Grotto; Prince Edwin York Rite College No. 8, and he held more than a dozen honorary memberships throughout the state. In 1983 he was appointed to the Cornerstone Laying Committee for the Masonic Home Addition in Alma and headed the first Annual Masonic Parade Committee. In 1984 he completed a course of Masonic Study sponsored by the Committee on Masonic Education of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. He was awarded the Masonic Masters Meritorious Service Award for 1983. In 1984, as Worshipful Grand Marshal, he began his journey through the advancing officer line of the Grand Lodge of Michigan.
He was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan by the delegates at the closing session of the 163rd Grand Lodge in Lansing, Michigan on May 24, 1989. After serving as Grand Master, he served an additional seven years as Grand Treasurer. He is the only Past Grand Master to have installed his son as Grand Master of Michigan.
He died August 21, 2005.