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DAVID B. RICHARDSON 1919-2003

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Senior Grand Warden, 1976
Grand Master, 1984-1986


TERM

1984 1985 1986

BIOGRAPHY

From TROWEL, February 1984, Page 3:

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David Borden Richardson of Hanover was elected Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts at the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge on December 14 and duly installed at impressive ceremonies December 27, 1983.

Born in Fall River, Mass., December 20, 1919, he is the son of the late William C. and Mildred A. (Dumas) Richardson. He was graduated from Belmont High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving two of his four years with the First Marine Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His military service was followed by an association with Employers Liability Assurance Corporation as an Insurance Underwriter. After seven years he joined the general agency of Hinckley and Woods in Boston.

In 1954 he joined his uncle, George C. Dumas, in his Hanover, Mass., agency, purchasing that business two years later. His son, Stephen T., is now associated with that agency.

Raised in Phoenix Lodge, Hanover, in June of 1953, he served as its Worshipful Master in 1960. He was elected Master of the 18th Lodge of Instruction in 1969 and was appointed Zone 7 Committeeman for the Grand Lodge Service Committee in 1972.

Appointed by Most Worshipful Donald W. Vose as the District Deputy Grand Master of the Plymouth 27th District in 1972, he joined the Past District Deputy Grand Master's Association and now serves as its First Vice President.

As a Phoenix Lodge and Plymouth 27th District representative to the Board of Masonic Relief, our Grand Master was elected a Member-At-Large in 1977 and has been a member of the Advisory Committee. He was the Chairman of the committee to revise the organization of the Board of Masonic Relief and the Masonic Home.

Elected the Senior Grand Warden for 1976, he was appointed Chairman of the Financial Advisory Committee in 1977. A year later the Grand Lodge of Colorado appointed our Grand Master as its Representative near the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. He has been a Grand Lecturer for three years.

A member of Scottish Rite Masonry, Valley of Boston, since 1966, he serves as an Associate Director of the Advancement Program. He is a member of Pilgrim Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and the Abington Council, Royal and Select Masters. A member of Old Colony Commandery, Abington, he is the Senior Warden of St. Bernard's Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar, Boston. He is affiliated with the Past Masters' Association of Aleppo Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Our new Grand Master holds membership in the Boston Court of the Royal Order of Jesters and the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Active in the Volunteer Fire Department and several committees in the Town of Hanover, he is married to the former Carolyn Hey. They are parents of daughters Sally, Judy and Nancy and son Stephen, who is also a member of Phoenix Lodge and the Scottish Rite Bodies.

MEMORIAL

FROM PROCEEDINGS, 2003

From Proceedings, Page 2003-83:

Brother Richardson was born December 20, 1919 in Fall River, Massachusetts and died on April 4, 2003 at Hanover, Massachusetts. His passing is a great loss to Freemasonry, his family and his community.

He was the son of William C. and Mildred (Dumas) Richardson. He graduated from Belmont High School in 1938 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving in the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II. Following his discharge, he spent several years as an insurance underwriter, eventually establishing the Richardson Insurance Agency in Hanover, Massachusetts and from which he retired in 1988.

He served as president of the South Scituate Savings Bank in Norwell and as senior vice president of Quincy Savings Bank. He was associated with the Hanover Visiting Nurse Association, the South Shore Hospital and the Hanover Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Hanover and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for several years. He was a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1957. He was past president of Tri-Town Rotary and served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Massachusetts Lung Association. He also served as a Cub Master and Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. Brother Richardson served as President of the Hanover Historical Society and as an overseer of the Stetson House – the historical house of Hanover.

Brother Richardson was raised in Phoenix Lodge, Hanover, Massachusetts in June of 1953 and was its Worshipful Master in 1960. He is a Past Master of the 18th Lodge of Instruction, a long time member of the Grand Lodge Service Committee and a Past President of the Worshipful Masters Association of Southeastern Massachusetts. In 1972, Most Worshipful Donald W. Vose appointed Brother Richardson District Deputy Grand Master of the Plymouth 27th Masonic District after which he joined the Past District Deputy Grand Masters Association and served as its President.

Brother Richardson was elected Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts for the year 1976 and was appointed Chairman of the Financial Advisory Committee in 1977. In 1978, the Grand Lodge of Colorado appointed Brother Richardson as its Representative near the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and he served in that capacity until 1984 when he was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. He also served Grand Lodge as a Grand Lecturer for three years. In December of 1983, Brother Richardson was elected Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, and served from 1984 through 1986.

He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, where he served Massachusetts Consistory as Second Lieutenant Commander and as an Aide to the Commander in Chief. He received the 33° in Detroit, Michigan in 1985. He was a member of Pilgrim Royal Arch Chapter, Abington Council, Royal and Select Master Masons of Massachusetts, Aleppo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., was Past Commander of Saint Bernard Commandery # 12 of Boston, and was affiliated with a number of other Masonic organizations including Societas Rosicruciana In Civitatibus Foederatis, Red Cross of Constantine, York Rite College, National Sojourners, Taleb Grotto, The Royal Order of Scotland, Order of the Eastern Star and an Honorary member of DeMolay Legion of Honor.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Carolyn (Hey), their four children, Sarah E. Richardson of Hanover, Judith G. Webb of Wells, Maine, Stephen T. Richardson of Hanover and Nancy E. Richardson of South Portland, Maine; a sister, Helen L. Thompson of Cape Porpoise, Maine; two brothers, Robert B. Richardson of Tampa, Florida, and Howard J. Richardson of West Gloucester, and five grandchildren. He was a brother of the late George C. Richardson.

A Masonic service was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in Rockland. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 12, 2003 in the First Congregational Church in Hanover Center.

“Oh Lord, protect us and support us all the day long of this busy life until the shadows lengthen and evening comes, and our work is done. Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last.”

FROM TROWEL, 2003

From TROWEL, Summer 2003, Page 13:

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Brother Richardson was born on December 20, 1919 in Fall River, Massachusetts and died on April 4, 2003 at Hanover, Massachusetts. His passing is a great loss to Freemasonry, his family, and his community.

He was the son of William C. and Mildred (Dumas) Richardson. He graduated from Belmont High School in 1938 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific during World War II. Following his discharge he spent several years as an insurance underwriter, eventually establishing the Richardson Insurance Agency in Hanover, from which he retired in 1988.

Bro. Richardson served as president of the South Scituate Savings Bank in Norwell and as senior vice president of Quincy Savings Bank. He was associated with the Hanover Visiting Nurse Association, the South Shore Hospital, and the Hanover Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. A member of the First Congregational Church in Hanover, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for several years. He was past president of Tri-Town Rotary and served on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Massachusetts Lung Association. He also served as a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. Brother Richardson served as President of the Hanover Historical Society and as an overseer of the Stetson House, the historical house in Hanover.

Brother Richardson was raised in Phoenix Lodge, Hanover, in June of 1953, and was its Worshipful Master in 1960. He was a Past Master of the 18th Lodge of Instruction, a long-time member of the Grand Lodge Service Committee, and a Past President of the Worshipful Masters Association of Southeastern Massachusetts.

In 1972, Most Worshipful Donald W. Vose appointed Brother Richardson District Deputy Grand Master of the Plymouth 27th Masonic District, after which he joined the Past District Deputy Grand Masters Association and served as its President.

Brother Richardson was elected Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts for the year 1976, and was appointed Chairman of the Financial Advisory Committee in 1977. In 1978, the Grand Lodge of Colorado appointed Brother Richardson as its Representative near the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and he served in that capacity until 1984 when he was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Ireland. He also served Grand Lodge as a Grand Lecturer for three years.

In December of 1983, Brother Richardson was elected Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, and served through 1986. A very active and widely travelled Grand Master, his first year's schedule alone listed nearly 150 visits and events, including nine trips to Grand Lodges in other states and Canada. One local visit was to constitute the new Master's Lodge in Newton. The following two years of his term were equally busy, and included several trips abroad. In 1985, he led a ten-day trip to visit our District Grand Lodge in Panama, which he revisited in 1992 as a Past Grand Master for the 75th anniversary observance.

He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, where he served Massachusetts Consistory as Second Lieutenant Commander and as an Aide to the Commander-in-Chief. He received the 33° in Detroit, Michigan in 1985. He was a member of Pilgrim Royal Arch Chapter; Abington Council, Royal and Select Master Masons; and Past Commander of Saint Bernard Commandery #12 of Boston. He was a member of Aleppo Temple. A.A.O.N.M.S., and was affiliated with a number of other Masonic organizations, including Massachusetts College Societas Rosicruciana In Civi-tatibus Foederatis, Red Cross of Constantine, York Rite College, National Sojourners, Taleb Grotto, The Royal Order of Scotland, and Order of the Eastern Star. He was an Honorary member of DeMolay Legion of Honor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carole (Hey); their four children: Sarah E. Richardson of Hanover, Judith G. Webb of Wells, Maine, Stephen T. Richardson of Hanover, and Nancy E. Richardson of South Portland, Maine; a sister, Helen L. Thompson of Cape Porpoise, Maine; two brothers: Robert B. Richardson of Tampa, Florida, and Howard J. Richardson of West Gloucester; and five grandchildren. He was a brother of the late George C. Richardson.

A Masonic service was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in Rockland. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 12, in the First Congregational Church in Hanover Center.

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