ROBERT COLLIER PATEY 1943-1996
- MM 1964, WM 1970, Brookline
- DDGM, Brighton 5, 1976, 1977
- Grand Sword Bearer 1978-1980
- Grand Marshal 1981-1983
- Senior Grand Warden 1984
- Grand Secretary 1993-1996 (died in office)
From TROWEL, April 1984, Page 15:
Brother Patey's election is the culmination of eight successive years of outstanding service to our Grand Lodge. It began in 1976 when he ably served the Brighton Fifth District as the District Deputy Grand Master. In 1978 Most Worshipful Arthur H. Melanson appointed him as the Grand Sword Bearer. His appointment as Grand Marshal in 1981 was made by Most Worshipful J. Philip Berquist.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Brother Patey is a partner with two brothers in the family-owned plumbing and heating firm of Geo. S. Patey and Sons, Inc. Married to e former Voreena Sim, they are the parents of Andrew, age 18, and Kirsten, 16.
Brother Patey was raised in Brookline Lodge in 1964. He was Worshipful Master in 1970, Lodge Secretary 1971-81, and now serves as Treasurer. He is an affiliated Past Master of Norfolk Lodge and an Honorary Member of Mount Holyoke Lodge. In 1976 he was the Master of the 34th Lodge of Instruction, and is currently Grand Representative from the Grand Lodge of India for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Brother Patey received the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal in 1980 and the Henry Price Medal in 1982.
High Priest of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter in 1980, Brother Patey holds membership in Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, and is Generalissimo of St. Bernard Commandery No. 12 Knights Templar. A member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston and Master of Ceremonies of Massachusetts Consistory, he is the Assistant Director of the Valley of Boston Advancement Program.
A member of the Ritualistic Degree Team of Aleppo Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., our Senior Grand Warden is an Honorary Member of Abou Saad Temple of Panama; a member of Matthew Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Boston Court No. 103 of the Royal Order of Jesters. What Cheer York Rite College, and the Royal Order of Scotland.
From TROWEL, Spring 1994, Page 3:
New Grand Secretary
Ill. Robert C. Paley, 33°
The new Grand Secretary of our Grand Lodge is III. Robert C. Patey, 33°, Past Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory. He succeeds Ill. David B. Richardson, 33°, who has been a Consistory degree worker for many years and who is currently its Second Lieutenant Commander.
The Grand Lodge constitutional changes that were proposed at the December Quarterly Meeting have added the words "Chief Operating Officer" to the title and duties of the Grand Secretary. It is the intent of this change to provide a continuing presence in Grand Lodge that will carry over the three year terms of Grand Masters. The Grand Secretary will be responsible to the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge Board of Directors for the operation of Grand Lodge.
Ill. Bro. Patey brings an impressive Masonic background to his new position. A member of Brookline Lodge, A.F. & A.M., he served as Master from 1969-1970 and as Secretary from 1971-1980. He is also a Past Master of The Masters Lodge and a member of Mt. Holyoke Lodge. He served Grand Lodge as Grand Sword Bearer from 1977-1980, as Grand Marshal from 1980-1983 and as Senior Grand Warden in 1984. Currently, he is a director of our Masonic Home. He is the recipient of both the Joseph Warren and Henry Price Medals. He is a Past High Priest of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, and a member of Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters and Boston Commandery #2, Knights Templar. He is also a Past Eminent Commander of St. Bernard Commandery #12, Knights Templar, which he presently serves as Recorder.
He is also Secretary of Massachusetts College, Socictas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis and is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland; Red Cross of Constantine; What Cheer York Rite College; Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; and " Mahded Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R. In addition, he is the recipient of the Honorary Legion of Honor degree of the Order of Demolay.
FROM PROCEEDINGS, 1996
From Proceedings, Page 1996-200:
Right Worshipful Robert Collier Patey was born at Boston, Massachusetts, January 25, 1943, the son of George Stanley and Hannah Collier Patey. Educated in the Brookline Public Schools, he studied engineering at the University of Massachusetts.
Brother Patey was married to the former Voreena (Trish) Sim, on October 10, 1964, and was the father of two children, Andrew and Kirsten. Brother Patey was raised in Brookline Lodge, A.F. & A.M. on December 3, 1964, served as Master in 1970, Secretary 1971-81 and as Treasurer for several years. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton 5th Masonic District for 1976-1977 by Most Worshipful Stanley F. Maxwell. In 1978, he was appointed Grand Sword Bearer by Most Worshipful Arthur H. Melanson, serving in 1978, 1979, 1980. He was appointed Grand Marshal by Most Worshipful J. Philip Berquist serving in 1981, 1982, 1983 and was elected to serve our Grand Lodge as Senior Grand Warden in 1984. Brother Patey was elected Grand Secretary in December of 1993 in which office he was serving at the time of his passing.
Brother Patey received many honors including the Distinguished Service Medal in 1980 and the Henry Price Medal in 1982. Brother Patey was a Charter Member of The Masters Lodge and served as Master in 1989. He was Proxy for Caribbean Naval Lodge and Grand Representative from the Grand Lodge of India.
Active in many Masonic Bodies, in York Rite he was a member of St. Andrews Royal Arch Chapter, serving as High Priest in 1980; Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, and St. Bernard Commandery No. 12 which he sened as Commander in 1985 and Recorder since 1993. In Scottish Rite, he was a member of Boston-Lafayette Lodge of perfection, Giles Fonda Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix and Massachusetts Consistory in which he served as Commander-in-Chief in the years of 1988, 1989, 1990, coroneted an Honorary Member 33°, in Pittsburgh in 1990. Brother Patey was a member of Aleppo Temple AAONMS and will be well-remembered for his role as the Potentate of the Ritualistic Degree Team; a former member of Boston Court, Royal Order of Jesters; a member of St. Matthews Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; Damascus Tabemacle No. XXVI Holy Royal Arch-Knight Templar Priests; the Royal Order of Scotland; What Cheer York Rite College, and Massachusetts College, Societas Rosicruciana in Foederatis Civitatibus, having served as secretary of that Body and the Grand Secretary General at the national level.
Bob was a friend to all and a confidant to many. He had the ability to analyze any situation and come up with the right answer. His love of life and his devotion to family, friend and brother seemed to always put him in the center of whatever action was taking place. Every endeavor was of paramount importance to Bob, whether it was being a member of a committee or the Master of the Lodge, Grand Marshal, commander-in-chief or the Grand Secretary. His desire was always to accomplish as much as possible in the least amount of time. Perhaps, in retrospect, this devotion to family, work and duty was due to the fact that there was so much that he had to accomplish in a limited space of time. cut off in the midst of his usefulness, our beloved Brother was called to the celestial Lodge above on Sunday May, 12, 1996, at Portsmouth, Rhode Island, doing one of those things which he loved best, boating. We will long remember his cheery smile, friendly greeting and his willingness to listen and render advice from a wisdom that was superior to most.
Farewell, dear Brother, may the Good Lord ever have you in his Heavenly keeping.
FROM TROWEL, 1996
From TROWEL, Fall 1996, Page 27:
He was a man of diverse interests; whether building an automobile kit and driving around town in it, certainly boating, demonstrating a green thumb with his potatoes, repairing an engine, developing a computer system, racing a motor vehicle, building a structure or cooking a meal for a multitude. He had expertise in so many pursuits and learned by doing. He was unafraid to undertake the difficult and had a work ethic which was the envy of most. He was never reluctant to shed his coat and "pitch in." His business acumen was based on hard work and he became expert in his many endeavors, whether in the family enterprise, real estate management, the laundry business or as Grand Secretary or Chief Operating Officer of the Grand Lodge.
Born on January 25, 1943, in Jamaica Plain, he was educated in the Brookline Public Schools, and at an early age became associated with the family plumbing contracting business in association with his brothers. Brother Patey was raised in Brookline Lodge in 1964, and served as Worshipful Master in 1970, and as Secretary of the Lodge in 1971. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Brighton Fifth Masonic District in 1976 and 1977, Grand Sword Bearer in 1978-1980, and Grand Marshal in 1981-1983. He was elected Senior Grand Warden for the year 1984, and was awarded the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal in 1980, and the Henry Price Medal in 1981. He was elected Grand Secretary on December 27, 1993, and served in that office until his death.
He was a Charter Member of The Masters Lodge and served as its Worshipful Master in 1989. He was also appointed Proxy from Caribbean Naval Lodge at the Panama Canal. He was a member and Past High Priest of St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, a member of Boston Council, Royal and Select Masters, and a member, Past Commander and Recorder of St. Bernard Commandery No. 12, Knights Templar. Brother Patey was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Boston and a Past Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory. He was created a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on August 29, 1989, in Pittsburgh.
He was a member of St. Matthew's and Bay State Conclaves, Red Cross of Constantine; Damascus Tabernacle, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; former Secretary of Massachusetts College and former Grand Secretary General of the Masonic Rosicrucian Society in the United States.
He was a singular Grand Secretary in his friendly and helpful manner always looking for ways to help with a problem rather than compounding it. He was a flawless ritualist, exceptional in his delivery and sincerity.
Brother Patey drowned on Sunday, May 12, 1996, in a tragic boating accident at his Summer property in Portsmouth, RI, while putting a dinghy on a mooring in Mount Hope Bay on the Sakonnet River.
A Memorial Service was held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington on May 21, 1996, and conducted by Rev. and R. W. Oscar A. Guinn, Jr. and M. W. J. Philip Berquist. The overflow attendance was a great tribute to the memory of Right Worshipful Robert Collier Patey. He is survived by his widow, Trish; two children, Chrissy and Andy; and three brothers: Ed, Stan and Rick.
From the Memorial Service Program, May 21, 1996, at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington:<br by M.W. J. Philip Berquist.
We do celebrate the life of Robert Collier Patey today. Although all too short, it was a full life and one of contribution to all who knew Bob in the many capacities and enterprises in which he was involved. He paved the way for many rather than erecting roadblocks, for he was always willing to help and sought the way in which he could be of assistance, rather than stating this or that couldn't be done. Hie was a man of divers interests, whether it be building an automobile kit and driving around town in it, certainly boating, demonstrating a green thumb with his potatoes, repairing an engine, developing a computer system, racing a motor vehicle, building a structure or cooking a meal for a multitude. He had expertise in so many pursuits and learned by doing. He was unafraid to undertake the difficult and had a work ethic which was the envy of most He was never reluctant to shed his coat and pitch in." His business acumen was based on hard work and he became expert in his many endeavors, Whether in the family enterprise, real estate management, the laundry business or as Grand Secretary or Chief Operating Officer of the Grand Lodge.
Bob was a very moral man, strong principled, and always faithful to his own high standards. His chess game was thoughtful and deliberate and although he claimed to b an outstanding cribbage player, several of us could best him in that game of great skill. His golf prowess was somewhat questionable only because he was a southpaw, but he did achieve a certain skill with the three iron in driving away the snakes in Nassau. He did have to buy back his own golf balls there which he had lost in the jungle on either side of the fairway and which had been retrieved by the natives before we had finished the round.
His love of and devotion to Freemasonry in all its facets was unsurpassed. A member for over 30 years in the family tradition, he served as Master of Brookline Lodge, District Deputy Grand Master on the other side of the District, Grand Sword Bearer, the best of Grand Marshals, Senior Grand Warden, Grand Secretary. Outstanding in every office. J am certain he is now advising on protocol and overseeing some construction project of the Grand Architect.
(2) e was the recipient of the Henry Price Medal of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, the nighest award given by that august body. He was an exceptional and flawless ritualist and delivered Masonic verbiage in a meaningful manner with sincerity and feeling which was most impressive.
A past High Priest in the Royal Arch Chapter, Past Commander and Recorder of St. Bernard Commandery, Past Secretary General of the Masonic Rosicrucian Society of the United States, former Chairman of the DeMolay Foundation of Massachusetts, Past Master of The Masters Lodge, Past Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory, Bob was a Tlurty-third Degree Mason. He was for over twenty years Secretary of The Split Fifth and they are still waiting for his first report.
May the loss that Trish and Chrissy and Andy and Ed and Stan and Rick have suffered be at least somewhat lessened by the knowledge that the void which can never be completely filled is shared by Bob's multitude of friends and brothers. Amen So mote it be.
Unpublished Memorial by Wor. Bro. Gordon Neal Matheson of Norumbega & Brookline Lodge, May 1996:
On Sunday, May 12, 1996 our Grand Secretary was suddenly called from labor.
Right Worshipful Robert C. Patey is missing and presumed drowned in a boating accident in Rhode Island. This is a staggering blow to his family, to his friends, and to the Craft in Massachusetts.
Right Worshipful Patey practiced daily Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. He treated all alike. Whether the Brother was a Grand Master or the youngest Entered Apprentice he was treated with courtesy and respect. He well remembered and used the lessons of those useful implements that are the focus of our teachings.
I could not attempt to list all of Right Worshipful Patey's stations as I am sure to miss one or two. He was a Past Master of Brookline Lodge. He was responsible for the uniting of Brookline Lodge with Norumbega Lodge in 1984.
I will miss his cheery greetings. He always took time out of his busy day to talk to a Junior Officer when requested. My last vision of him was walking out of the dining hall in the Newtonville Masonic Hall after our Lodge's 75th Anniversary dinner on Saturday. He had our gifts in hand and was thanking everyone involved for a splendid day. Twelve hours later he was taken to the celestial Lodge above.
A memorial service has been scheduled for next Tuesday at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, Massachusetts at 10:00am.
Though he was struck down in the midst of his usefulness the sweet remembrance of his virtues shall last until time shall be no more.