|Knights mourn the passing of Joseph Schultz, inaugural recipient of the Saint Michael Award for exemplary service to the Order
Former Supreme Master Joseph P. Schultz passed away on Thursday, May 29, in San Diego, California, following a brief illness.
A dedicated Knight for more than 59 years, he served in numerous fraternal leadership positions, including as California State Deputy (2000-2001), Supreme Director (2002-2005) and Supreme Master of the Fourth Degree (2004-2008). For the last ten years, he had served as Consultant to the Supreme Knight for Poland until his retirement earlier this year.
On August 8, 2013, during the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas, he was presented with the Saint Michael Award for exemplary service to the Order. He was the first recipient of this newly-established award conferred by the Board of Directors.
Upon learning of Schultz’s passing, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson expressed the collective condolences of the Order. “Today, we mourn the death of a truly exemplary Knight,” he said. “Few men have ever made so great a contribution to the Order as Joe Schultz. His tireless efforts on behalf of the Fourth Degree, and most especially in fostering our growth in Poland, are a legacy that will make a lasting difference for the Order, and for the Church in Poland, for future generations.” The Supreme Knight continued, “It was not even four months ago that the Board of Directors had the opportunity to salute Joe as he retired. We are all shocked and saddened by his sudden passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his devoted wife, Nancy, their daughters Barbara and Nina, and the entire Schultz Family.”