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Stanley Symmes Locke

April 25, 1936 - October 04, 2022


Obituary For Stanley Symmes Locke

Stanley Symmes Locke passed away peacefully on October, 4, 2022. Stanley was born at the Symmes Arlington Hospital in 1936 and was a lifelong resident of Arlington. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Willard and Gladys Locke, his sister, Elizabeth Borgstrom and his brother-in-law, CAPT Charles O. Borgstrom, USN Ret., also of Arlington. A graduate of Arlington High School, Stan attended several colleges before joining the Army. He served for three years, primarily in Germany.

Stan is a direct descendant of the Locke Family, including Revolutionary War Veterans Josiah and Jonathan Locke. His grandfather, George Lewis Locke was the owner of the Wright-Locke Farm taking over from his father, Josiah Locke, in 1899. The farm operated as a “market garden”. George grew Blue Hubbard squash, developed locally by a member of the Winchester Symmes family. The “Symmes” in Stan’s name came the Symmes family, also Winchester farmers, whose original grant of four hundred acres in the Mystic Valley was made to Rev. Zachariah Symmes, first minister of the church of Charlestown, soon after Boston was settled. Much of the Locke Farm became the property of the Town of Winchester through the establishment of the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy.

Stan was a life-long Mason, joining Russell Lodge in Arlington in 1958. He served as Master in 1971, and was also affiliated with Waltham Triad, Moses Michael Hays and Major General Henry Knox Lodges. He received his 50-year Veteran’s medal in 2008 and his 50-year Past Master’s medal in 2021. Stan was the Organist for many lodges in Massachusetts, including Grand Lodge. In 2021, he was appointed to the office of “Grand Organist Emeritus”. Stan was a Mason for 64 years.”

Stan was a member of the First Baptist Church of Arlington attending services there throughout his life. He leaves four nieces; Karen Conti (Richard), Kathy Hinga, Carole DeStefano (Arthur) and Christine Robison; five great-nieces and six great-nephews.

A viewing will be held at DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Wednesday, October 12th, from 10:00 to 11:00 am and a brief service at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester, where he will be interred in the Locke family burial plot.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Visiting Nurse and Community Care (VNCC) of Arlington (Hospice) or the First Baptist Church of Arlington.


12 Oct


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
12 Oct

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
12 Oct


12:00 PM

Wildwood Cemetery 34 Palmer St. Winchester, MA 01890 Get Directions »
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  • 10/10/2022

    Worshipful Stanley Symmes Locke Born: 1936 Initiated: 1958 Passed: 1958 Raised: 1971 Departed: 2022 Masonic Wages Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in silver or gold will be disappointed. The wages of a mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy; kindness begets kindness; helpfulness begets helpfulness; and these are the wages of a Mason. Bro. Benjamin Franklin Grand Master of Pennsylvania 1790 Worshipful Master

  • 10/10/2022

    Sorry to hear this news. He was a great guy & Masonic Brother.

  • 10/08/2022

    I met Stanley when I was a member of the Old South Singles Group back in 1966. Stanley was an integral part of that group and many of us still kept in touch over the years. He will be missed. Rhomey Moreland

  • 10/07/2022

    So sorry to hear of Stan's passing. I met him when we were both members of the Old South Church singles group in Boston. Many of us, including Stan, have kept in touch over the years. He will be missed. Phyllis Washburn Cooke

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