R. W. Bro. Ardeshir S. Vakil, O.S.M.
R. W. Regional Grand Master

Published January 14, 2014

R. W. Bro. Ardeshir (Adi) Sarosh Vakil was born on 8th February 1948 at Bombay. His father Sarosh Minocheher Vakil was a Solicitor and his mother Rhoda Vakil was the first Indian lady to qualify as a Physiotherapist from London. He is the proud grandson of R. W. Bro. Minocheher Ardeshir Vakil, also a Solicitor, and an initiate of Lodge Eastern Star No. 1189 E.C., now No. 17 GLI, who was a mason for 59 years. His wife Hoofrish is now a home-maker and his 2 daughters Zeenia and Tanya have done their LL. B. from the Bombay University and their LL. M. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

R. W. Bro. Ardeshir S. Vakil has his B. A. and LL. B. from the University of Bombay and passed his Solicitor’s examination from the Bombay Incorporated Law Society.  He is a practising Advocate and Solicitor in the High Court at Bombay since 1975. After the death of his father, he is the proprietor of M/s. Minocheher Hiralal & Co., a 117 years old reputed family firm of Advocates & Solicitors.

R. W. Bro. Ardeshir S. Vakil saw the light of Freemasonry when he was initiated in Lodge Eastern Star No. 17 on 20th July 1981. He joined Lodge Port of Bombay No. 153 (now meeting at Indore) and is a Founder member of the Noshir Mehta Lodge No. 246. He is a Past Master of all the 3 lodges. M. E. Comp. Ardeshir Vakil was exalted in Chapter Cyrus No. 14 and was its Z in its Centenary year. R. W. Bro. Ardeshir S. Vakil was advanced in Mark Lodge Industry & Merit No. 836     E.C. and joined Mark Lodge Holmsdale in  the East No. 2. He is a Past Master of both the Mark Lodges. He  was elevated in Royal Ark Mariners Lodge Industry & Merit No. 836 E.C. and joined Royal Ark Mariners Lodge Jamshedji  Jeejeebhoy No. 2. He is a Past WCN of both these Royal Ark Mariners Lodges.

R. W. Bro. Ardeshir Vakil has served the Regional Grand Lodge of Western India in many capacities, including 6 terms as Regional Grand Registrar and 6 terms as  A.R G.M. He has also held many Active ranks in the District Grand Lodge of  Mark Master Masons of Bombay, the District Grand Conclave of Western India,  the District Grand Senatus of Western India. He was a Grand Visitor at the founding of the Grand Conclave in India. He holds VII* in the Order of the Operatives and was the Deputy Master Mason and Senior Passed Master for the Region of North India.

M.Ill Bro. Ardeshir Vakil 33* a Founder Member of the Supreme Council 33* of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for India and was its Grand Treasurer General H.E. At present he is the V.P. Lieutenant Grand Commander.

R. W. Bro. Ardeshir S. Vakil is a Past Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India, and  is a Past 2nd Grand Principal of  Supreme Grand Chapter  of India. He is also Past Deputy  Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and a Senior RAM Officer.

At present, he is the Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Lodge of Western India and was Installed on 10th January, 2015 at Mumbai. He is  the Grand Superintendent in and over the Region of Western India and the Regional Grand Master of the Regional Grand Mark Lodge of  Western India.