On October 1, 2005, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 lost one of its most beloved and esteemed members – Right Worshipful Godfrey Pierpoint Runaldue. Brother Godfrey laid down his working tools after a rich and long life of 92 years. He was known and loved as a family man, active church member, FBI professional, and Freemason. He excelled in all his several stations in life!
Godfrey was born in Alexandria and was a life long resident, graduating from George Mason High School in 1933. He later graduated from Southeastern University and George Washington University, having studied accounting and law. He married the late Francis Evelyn Robertson in 1936, and they had three children, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after over 40 years of government service and later worked as a part time custodian of our Replica Lodge Room.
Right Worshipful Runaldue's keen interest in Masonry started very early. In 1933 he became the Charter Master Councilor of the Alexandria-Washington Chapter, International Order of DeMolay. Godfrey maintained a keen interest in and support for our youth groups throughout the rest of his life.
Godfrey's Masonic achievements are legendary. He held the following offices: Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 1950, Treasurer of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 1957 to 1981, Grand Pursuivant Grand Lodge of Virginia 1963, Grand Representative of India near the Grand Lodge of Virginia 1963 until his death, District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District 1-A 1973, and Secretary of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 1982 to 1993. He was Organist for several Lodges. He put his tireless energy and devotion into all these activities and made Virginia Freemasonry stronger as a result.
He was a member of the following Lodges: Alexandria-Washington Lodge # 22 (Mother Lodge), Skidmore Daylight #237 (Charter member), John Blair Lodge #187, Fredericksburg Lodge #4 (Honorary), Andrew Jackson Lodge #120 (Honorary), A. Douglas Smith Lodge of Research #1949, and Constitutional Lodge #294 of Beverley England.
He was also a member of The Scottish Rite, Alexandria Valley and held the offices of Knight Commander Court of Honor 1947; Wise Master, Council of Rose Croix 1950; Venerable Master, Lodge of Perfection 1951; Venerable Master Alexandria Consistory 1952. Godfrey received his Thirty-third Degree Inspector General Honorary in1983. Additionally, he was a member of the Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter #14, the Old Dominion Commandry #11, Kena Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., and the Royal Order of Scotland.
Our Lodge will sorely miss this faithful friend, Brother and Masonic leader, but we and our great Fraternity will always be enriched by having been in his company. Right Worshipful Brother Runaldue whispered good counsel into the ears of virtually every member of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. May he rest in peace!