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Meet the Family Life Chairman

March 31, 2023

Alfredo Jorge Rodrigues Canhoto was born November 6, 1969 in the country of Portugal. Until he was 3 and half years old, he lived in a lighthouse in Ponta Delgada, Azores. In 1973, he and his family moved to the United States.

During his youth, Alfredo was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving his troop as patrol leader of Hawk Patrol and later earning his Eagle Scout from Troop 376 in Fall River in 1988. In that same year, he went on to become a member of Squantum Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Alfredo later went on to become an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 376.

Bro. Canhoto, who now resides in Framingham, was raised in March of 2005 in Middlesex Lodge in Framingham, where he served as Worshipful Master in 2010-2011. Bro. Canhoto was a Grand Steward for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts for the 2012 year. In 2012, he was presented the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service. Bro. Canhoto is the Grand Representative to Florida for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Bro. Canhoto is currently the District Deputy Grand Marshal for the 15th North Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Bro. Canhoto is also the chairman of the Masonic Medical Research Lab for the state of Massachusetts. 

Five years after being raised, Bro. Canhoto joined the Valley of Boston at a one day class in October of 2010. Bro. Canhoto became a member of the Valley of Boston because he wanted to expand his friendships in Freemasonry. Since joining, he has been the first line signer on five membership applications! In 2013, Bro. Canhoto became the chairman of the Family Life committee for the Valley of Boston.

In addition to belonging to each of the Scottish Rite bodies in the Valley of Boston, Bro. Canhoto is a member of Parker/Concord Royal Arch Chapter in Natick, MA, St. Bernard’s Commandery in Boston, MA, and Adoniram Council in Concord, MA. 

Bro. Canhoto went to Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA. After graduating high school in 1988, he attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he graduated from in 1992 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. He went on to attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia, graduating in 1997 with his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He performed his postdoctoral fellowship at Dana Farber Institute and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Alfredo Canhoto currently works as the Director of Technical Solutions for Propharma Group in Cambridge, MA. Bro. Canhoto belongs to the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering and the Parenteral Drug Association since 2004. An interesting fact about Bro. Canhoto is that he has a patent to his name for a piece of equipment in biotechnology.

Bro. Canhoto has been happily married to his wife, Laney, for 16 years. Together they have two daughters, Carolina and Elisabeth. Bro. Canhoto is the Treasurer for his daughter’s Girl Scout Troop 72086 in Framingham. He is also an usher at St. Bridget Church in Framingham.

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