Brother John C. Meek (Scotty) was interviewed in this issue of On the Level, sharing a bit about his career, family life, and Masonic accomplishments.
John is a member of the Janesville Western Star 55 Lodge, and is also the Junior Deacon of the Lodge.
John was initiated an Entered Apprentice on 05/13/1972, passed to Fellowcraft 07/10/1972, and raised to Master Mason on 09/11/1972.
John is also a member and elder of Presbyterian Church 17, North Jackson St. in Janesville.
John C. meek, born in July 1945 is the oldest of 7 children, having 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. He came to America with the New Zealand Shipping Company in January 1968, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1980.
Both of John's parents still live in Scotland, and with his family there's 5 generations.
His father and both my brothers joined the Masonic Lodge in Greenock. Scotland, with John joining Janesville in 1972. John's brother James was killed in a fire in Janesville 2003.
John has been married for 48 years to his childhood sweetheart Alexandra (Sandra ) Mckenzie. Sandra passed away in April 2011. They have 2 sons, Donald, born in Greenock Scotland in 1963, and Douglas born in Beloit Wisconsin in 1970. John and Sandra also have 2 grand daughters, 4 grand sons, 2 great grand daughters, and 1 great grand son.
Both of John's sons have been in the armed forces. Donald, with 10 years in the Navy, and Douglas with 4 years in the Army. Donald's second wife spent 20 years in the Navy, the last ship being the U.S.S Reagan. Two of John's grandsons are currently in the U.S.Coast Guard. Joshua 5 years, and John 1 year.
In 1961, Brother John Meek served an apprenticeship in marine engineering at Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering located in Greenock Scotland.
He went to sea with the New Zealand Shipping Co. from 1966 - 1967, coming to America January 1968.
John had worked for Fairbanks Morse in Beloit, who had brought him over to the States. September '68, John began working at General Motors in Janesville WI, working on the production line. John later went into skilled trades - Inspector Lay-out, and in 1980 became a Tool Jig & Fixture supervisor. John stayed in skilled trades as a supervisor until his retirement in 2002.