North Andover — James M. ”Babe” Gaskell, Sr., 94, of North Andover died, Friday, January 11, 2013, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Lowell with his family by his side. Mr. Gaskell was born in Fall River, and came to Lawrence as an infant. He has lived in North Andover for over 40 years. He was an avid sports enthusiast participating in most sports and played some pro football and baseball. He enjoyed working in his garden and spent many hours reading on all subjects from poetry to the classics.
Mr. Gaskell was a longtime member of First Calvary Baptist Church, North Andover and also served as a church deacon for many years. He served during World War II in The African and Italian Campaign and received The Purple Heart while in Italy. He was a former member of The VFW and The American Legion of Boston and served as commander of the latter.
Long active in Masonic affairs, he was Past Master of Cochickhewick Lodge, AF & AM, North Andover and was a member of St. Johns Lodge, AF & AM of Boston. He was a member of The Demolay Lodge of Boston and of The High Twelve, North Andover. He was Past District Grand Master in The Lawrence 11th Masonic District and was Past Jr. Grand Deacon of The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. He served as Grand Representative to The New Brunswick Grand Lodge of Masons and was a member of The Charters and by-laws committee of The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. He was a member of All Scottish Rite Bodies in Lawrence, Lowell and Boston and was a Past Sovereign Price, Princes of Jerusalem. He served as Past Commander in Chief of Massachusetts Consistory in Boston and was a 33rd Degree Mason. He was also a member of The York Rite Bodies in Lawrence and Boston and was a member of The Saint Bernard Commandry and past director of The Boston Court of The Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of The Royal Order of Scotland and was a recipient of The Demolay Region of Honor. He was a member of The Past Masters Association of Aleppo Shrine Temple and was Past Potentate of Aleppo Shrine Temple and was a recipient of The Robert Gardner Wilson Medal. And received The Henry Price Medal from The Grand Lodge.