FRED F. SLEEPER 1910-1998
Junior Grand Warden, 1981
From Proceedings, Page 1998-124:
Right Worshipful Fred Franklin Sleeper was Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1981. He passed away on July 14, 1998 at Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
Right Worshipful Sleeper was born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, on August 11, 1910. He attended elementary and high schools in Manchester, New Hampshire. He then furthered his education to become a Mechanical Engineer. In 1934, he married Helen E. Wood and raised two daughters, Sylvia and Sonya. He worked at LaPointe Machine & Tool Company in Hudson, Massachusetts, until 1957, when he began employment at Polaroid Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts, as a Senior Project Engineer. He retired from Polaroid in 1975.
Throughout his entire adult life, hobbies were very much a part of his leisure time. He enjoyed fishing, was an amateur boxer, and avid golfer and built numerous exquisitely detailed model ships, ultimately mastering building ships in a bottle. He was active in community affairs and his church.
A 50-year member of United Brethren Lodge of Marlboro, he held many Masonic positions and titles during that period. He was a member of Houghton Royal Arch Chapter, which he served as High Priest, Adoniram Council of Concord, and Trinity Commandery of Marlboro. He was a member of all the bodies in Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, where he was a degree worker in Lodge of Perfection. He was a member of both Aleppo and Bektash Temples, A.A.O.N.M.S. He served as Dad Advisor to both DeMolay and Rainbow Chapters in Marlboro. He was a Past Master of United Brethren Lodge, District Deputy Grand Master of the Marlboro 24th Masonic District in 1966-1968. He served as Junior Grand Warden in 1981-1982. He was a Past Master of the 38th Lodge of Instruction and served on the Education Committee of our Grand Lodge. A well-rounded Mason, he received the Veteran's Medal, the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal and the Henry Price Medal. R.W. Sleeper was well respected in his Lodge and will be missed by all who knew him.
At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Helen, daughters Sylvia and Sonja, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.