Roger Gurley, a member of Siminoff Daylight Lodge No. 850 and
resident of the Masonic Home at Union City, has enjoyed a life
brimming with adventure. He was raised on a hunting and fishing resort in northern Minnesota. He helped the Coast Guard
clear the Mississippi River of an abandoned luxury yacht. He
led an Episcopal congregation for five years, without any formal
Gurley’s days of travel and adventure began coming to a
close as he dealt with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) – an
autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
Originally raised as a Master Mason in Texas, he became eligible for Masonic Assistance in his adopted state of California
and was welcomed into the Masonic Homes.
He has now enjoyed the rare experience of living at the Masonic
Home at Covina, the Masonic Home at Union City, and Acacia
Creek. And at each location, he’s found that the support provided
by his brothers and Masonic Homes’ staff has been game-changing,
helping him meet challenges head on to get the most out of life.
“The Masonic way of life is important to me,” he says. “It’s
gotten me through all of these years. Whatever comes up, comes
up. If you’ve got the right kind of background in Masonry, your
life is going to come through, regardless.”
In his own words
HOW THE MASONIC HOMES HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE
[Masonic Homes’ staff] have been a kind of a wall around me
whenever I needed them. They were a foundation upon which
I could build. They knew what was going
on and bent over backwards to help out.
They’ve been marvelous.
HOW HIS FELLOW MASONS HAVE
I was oftentimes in a bewildered state with
the different things going on in my life. My
brothers were able to stabilize me; they
were a rock that I could count on. With 48
years in Masonry, they’ve helped me see my
way through every kind of battle. They’ve
given me something to lean on – the support I’ve needed.
THE BEST PART ABOUT LIVING
I can discuss everything that happens in
life, on the level, with the Masons around
me. They help me, and I give them some
strength, too. We become bonded.
MEET ROGER GURLEY:
MASONIC HOMES RESIDENT,
MASON FOR 48 YEARS
by Michelle Simone