Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada

Grand Master

Grand Master
 Most Illustrious Companion 
Godfrey Onyemoabi
Grand Master of Cryptic Rite Masons
Royal and Select Masters of Western Canada
2024 -2025


Comp Kopp was born, raised and educated in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan and he is the eldest son of the late Erwin and Helga Kopp, who were refugees in 1939 from Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia.  While attending school he worked at several jobs after school and during the summer as grocery delivery, garage handyman, butcher shop and carpenter and in his spare played hockey, football, softball, hunting and golf.  At the age of 22 years, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was posted to various postings throughout Alberta.  He spend most of his policing in rural Alberta and had specialized for 12 years in Protective Policing which included being a fully trained a Security Consultant, Explosive Technician, VIP Security and Division Emergency Planning Coordinator.  He retired on November 1, 2000, from Gleichen RCMP Detachment after having accumulated 10 years of service there. Three years as a young Constable (1974) and returning (1994) as the Detachment Commander at the rank of Sergeant .  Jerry had been married and has two adult
children, daughter Colleen and son Patrick, both school teachers, along with three grand-children; Peiten-Rose, Ever and William.  Immediately after his retirement he was hired by the Grand Lodge of Alberta as the Grand Secretary for 15 ½ years.  He served another 10 years in a similar capacity of Secretary with the Grand Council of Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada Royal and Select Masters and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta.  Jerry lives in Calgary with a lovely lady Marie Matzhold, who he met in Victoria, BC 100 years ago. Marie’s transition from mountain life to prairie living was initially a culture shock , but with careful training, Jerry has coaxed Marie into a full “red-necked Albertan” status.

Masonic Profile

Comp Kopp was initiated in 1977 in Gleichen Lodge #36 and has served as Worshipful Master five times, affiliated in 1990 with Strathmore Lodge #53 and was their Worshipful Master on four occasions. In 1996-1997 he was elected as District Deputy Grand Master of Dinosaur District.  He joined Royal Arch Masonry in1991 Strathmore Chapter #21, Zadok Council #3 in 1996, invited into Chinook City Conclave #29 in 1998.  With Royal Arch Masonry he was elevated to the position of First Principal in Strathmore Chapter #21 and Eheyeh Chapter #27 in Drumheller and in 2011 elevated to Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Alberta.  While Grand First Principal he was elected and served as President of the Conference of Grand Secretaries of North America closing out his year in 2012 with the conference at Atlanta, Georgia.  He is also a member of the Acre Preceptory #66, Diversity College #202 and Wild Rose Conclave #37 in Lethbridge, Alberta.  He is currently the Deputy Grand Governor Alberta for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and the Grand Senior General for the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada. Comp Kopp was installed as Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Rite Masons of Western Canada Royal and Select Masters in May 2023 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.