CT York Rite

Most Puissant Grand Master
Charles D. O’Neill
2019- 2020

Charles deMelo O'Neill was born August 24, 1967 in Portugal. At the age of three his family moved to Camden, New Jersey where they resided until Charles was fourteen, and then moved to Danbury, Connecticut. Charles graduated from Danbury High School in 1985 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University with a Major in French and Math and minor in Education in1989.
After Graduation Charles took a sales and training position with INSET Systems, a local software company in Brookfield, Connecticut. This position required Charles to travel extensively being the sales representative for the northwest area of the country. This included Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Nevada and Arizona. After a few years with the company, Charles was promoted to Marketing Director for their HiJaak product line. With this new position Charles was not required to travel as extensively and was able to become involved in the local Masonic Lodge in Danbury. When the company was sold to a California based Software Company, Charles decided to leave the company not wanting to relocate to California. He took a position as Senior Network Engineer for AMSYS Computer in Ridgefield.
While at AMSYS Computer, Charles took on long term consulting, and project management positions for various AMSYS clients. Charles served for several years as a consulting Manager of Desktop Services for Danbury Hospital in Danbury CT, where he was responsible for the main hospital campus and six off-site locations. He also served as the consulting Director of Information Technology for Advanced Radiology Consultants where he was responsible for overseeing the redesign of the practice's WAN and LAN to integrate RIS, PACS, dictation and voice network systems.
In 2003 Charles joined CoActiv Medical, a daughter company of AMSYS, as Director of Client Services, a position he still holds. As the Director of Client Services; Charles oversees a staff responsible for the installation, maintenance, training and support of CoActiv Medical's PACS (Picture Archive and Communications Systems), and its integration into a client's network.
Brother O'Neill's Masonic career began in Union Lodge No. 40 in Danbury, where he was raised in November 1992. He was appointed Junior Steward that year and progressed quickly through the line to Master in 1998 and later again in 2003. Working in Ridgefield every day for CoActiv Medical, he also affiliated as a dual member with Jerusalem Lodge No. 49 in 2005, where he served as Master in 2008, and where he currently holds the office of Treasurer. Charles is a Past President of the 2nd Masonic District Blue Lodge Council and has served as President of the Danbury Masonic Temple Associa- tion. He is also a Past President of the Danbury Craftsman Service Club and is a current member of the Jerusalem Lodge Masonic Temple Association. In the Grand Lodge of Connecticut, he has served as Associate Grand Marshal of District 2B from 1999 -2001 and is a Past Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Education.
In the Royal Arch, Companion Charles was exalted in Eureka Chapter No. 23 in Danbury in 1994, where he served as High Priest from 2001-2003 and from 2005-2006. He affiliated as a dual member with Rittenhouse Chapter No. 11 in 2005 and served as High Priest in 2011-2012. Charles has served the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut as Custodian of the Work for District 2 from 2004-2006. He received the Order of High Priesthood in 2004. For his outstanding support of Royal Arch Masonry he received the General Grand Chapter Medal in Bronze for Distinguished Service in 2006. In 2009 Charles was appointed to the line of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut and was elected and installed as Most Excellent Grand High Priest in 2014.
Companion Charles was greeted in Wooster Council No. 28 in Danbury in 1994, where he served as the Thrice Illustrious Master from 1998 through 2000 and again in 2004. He received the Order of the Silver Trowel in 2004. He affiliated as a dual member with Washington Council No. 6 in 2005 and has served as Thrice Illustrious Master in 2006 and 2007. Companion Charles was created a Knight of Ish Sodi in 2008, and received the Philip J. Jones Award for Distinguished Masonic Service in 2013. He was appointed to the Grand Council officer line in 2013 and was elected and installed in 2018 as Most Puissant Grand Master of The Most Puissant Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Connecticut.
Sir Knight Charles was knighted in Crusader Commandery No. 10 in Danbury1994, where he served as Eminent Commander from 1998 to 2001. He affiliated as a dual member with Stamford-Clinton Commandery No. 3 in 2005, now Trinity Commandery No. 3, and served as Commander from 2006-2010. Charles was appointed to the Grand Commandery officer line in 2005 and served the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Connecticut as Grand Commander in 2012-2013.
Brother Charles was invited to join Connecticut York Rite College No. 17 in 1999, and after serving on the degree teams of the College for several years, Companion Knight Charles was appointed to the officer line of the College in 2005. He was elected to receive the Order of the Purple Cross in 2009 and served as the Governor of Connecticut York Rite College in 2010. He was selected for and was installed as the Grand Governor for Connecticut in August 2018.
In 2005 Charles became an active member of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Waterbury, where he has served the Valley as Thrice Potent Master of Doric Lodge of Perfection and as Sovereign Prince of Ionic Council of Princes of Jerusalem. Charles is currently serving as Secretary for the Valley of Waterbury and New Haven. In 2008 Charles was appointed to serve on the board of the Connecticut Children's Dyslexia Center, in Waterbury where he currently serves as Secretary for the Board. Charles was awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Valley of Waterbury in 2011, and was coroneted with the 33º and created an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Rochester NY in 2017. Charles' other Masonic Affiliations include: Mohawk Council No. 28 Knight Masons; Past Knight Crusader of the East of the Knight Crusaders of the Cross of Connecticut; Maine Chapter of Knights Preceptors; Connecticut College of Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis 2010; Nathan Hale Council No 78 Allied Masonic Degrees 2010; Connecticut Priory No. 28, Knights of the York Cross of Honour 2010; Royal Order of Scotland 2010; and Past president of the Connecticut Convention of Anointed High Priests.