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In Memoriam
To All Departed Sir Knights

SK Richard William Seychew
Grand Commander
Massachusetts & Rhode Island
2014 – 2015
Passed Away May 9, 2022

Richard W. Seychew (Dick), of Falmouth, passed away on May 8, 2022. He was 76 years old. He was born in Buffalo, NY to William and Ruth Seychew. He was a 35-year member of the Masons, involved in many aspects including serving as Grand Commander of Massachusetts and Rhode Island (2014 – 2015), and serving as Treasurer of Massachusetts Priory #52 right up to his death.
He is survived by his children Kristin Lodick (George), Todd Seychew, Jeffrey Seychew, Gregory Seychew, and Lauren LaVallee; grandchildren Mary Kate Lodick, Gabriella Lodick, Briana Lodick (Jafar Wishah), George Lodick IV, India Seychew, Sabine Seychew, Christopher Seychew, and Anthony Damiano; and great-grand Zara Wishah. He is also survived by siblings Barbara Gross, Sharon Seago, and Patricia Voss. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Sandra Howard and Beverly Seychew, his brother William Seychew, and his beloved grandson Derek Seychew.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 4 – 7 PM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 475 Main Street, Falmouth, MA. A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 11 AM, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Methodist Society Burial Ground, 790 Main Street, Falmouth, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dick’s name may be made to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, www.masonic

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Zealously, Don

It is with a heavy heart that I bring sad tidings about Right Illustrious Richard William Seychew.
Our beloved companion has sought Admission into that Celestial Council Above on Monday, May 9, 2022.
Dick served this year as our Assistant Grand Recorder. He received the Abraham A. Dame Medal.
Dick was also the Assistant Grand Secretary for Grand Chapter as well as Assistant Grand Recorder for the Grand Commandery.
Dick has served our Grand Council faithfully for numerous years. Dick was one of those companions who re-instituted the Grand Council Degree Exemplification Team in 2012. Prior to that, Dick had been a Grand Lecturer for several years. He continued as Grand Lecturer until he served as Director of Ritual for Most Illustrious Robert Cary Corr. During the pandemic, Dick served 2 terms as our Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of the Work. Most Illustrious Andrew Christos Maninos appointed Dick to be a Grand Lecturer for the current term. Dick’s knowledge about our ritual was vast and educational to many companions over his long tenure as a Grand Lecturer.
Dick also served as the Grand Council’s Representative on the York Rite Office Committee.
Dick also had portrayed King David for many years for the Massachusetts Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters. He is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master of that body. He served as Illustrious Master of Cape Cod Council.
Dick also presided at the Head of the Lines as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar & the Appendant Orders of Massachusetts & Rhode Island in 2014 – 2015 Term. He also served numerous terms as Commander of Cape Cod Commandery #54. He also belonged to Boston #2, Gethsemane-DeMolay #7, and Sutton #16 Commanderies.
He belonged to Marine Lodge, A.F.& A.M. in Falmouth, Orient Chapter in Centerville, St. Paul’s Chapter in Boston, Mayflower York Rite College and the Massachusetts Anointed Order of High Priests.
For many years, Dick served as Recorder/Treasurer of Massachusetts Priory #52 of the Knights of the York Cross of Colour. I had the pleasure of travelling to Greece with Dick to initiate Knights overseas as they had hoped to create a Priory overseas.
“Eternal Lord God, we thank Thee for the friendship of our departed Companion. We thank Thee for the knowledge that he is in the comfort of Thy manifest glory. May you comfort his family in their time of loss. Strengthen them in the days to come as they continue to do Thy will. We thank Thee for time each of us has spent on this earth as we ever continue to build our own spiritual Temples so that our own efforts here below shall meet with Thy approbation and good-will. Amen.”
As of this writing, funeral arrangements are not yet known. When I hear details, I shall forward information to all.
Don Carriger, Jr.

S. K. John H. Dougan, Jr.
Born November 17, 1938 Died May 7, 2022
Past Grand Commander 2010-2011
Grand Commandery of Kansas
M:.I:.Grand Master 1999-2000
Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Kansas

Distinguished Brother Perry Bernel Anderson
RE Grand Commander of South Dakota 1991
ME Grand High Priest 1983 – MI Grand Master 1984
Most Puissant General Grand Master 2002-2004
General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons International
Founder of General Grand Council Web Site
Born: August 30, 1929 – Passed: April 17, 2022

Passing of SK Richard Stanley Sleeper,
Past Grand Commander Massachusetts & Rhode Island

NOTICE: Donald S Stevens via York Rite MA Email Service <>
Apr 15, 2022, 5:01 PM (5 days ago)
Sir Knights,
Today we have been informed of sad news –
That our Senior Past Grand Commander,
S.K. Richard Stanley Sleeper, passed away yesterday.
Born. 12/21/1938
Initiated 12/22/1961
Passed 03/02/1962
Raised 04/13/1962
Knighted 02/22/1968 – Jerusalem Commandery No. 19
Entered Celestial Lodge 4/14/2022
It is the direction of our R:.Em:. Grand Commander, S.K. Peter Archie Mooradian –
That to honor the memory of S.K. Richard Stanley Sleeper, R:.Em:. Past Grand Commander,
that for the next thirty days, through and including May 15, 2022, the Charter of each
Commandery of Knights Templar in the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
is to be draped in black for each Conclave. The sword of each Sir Knight is to bear
a black ribbon during that same time period.
Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam!
In His Service,
S.K. Donald S. Stevens
Grand Recorder</>

A Memorial Service for Mr. Sleeper will be held Saturday, June 4th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, 16 Thorndike Street, Fitchburg, MA. All are welcome!
In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to: Shriners Hospitals, Leominster United Methodist Church or American Heart Association.
Leominster – Richard S. Sleeper of Leominster, formerly of Fitchburg, died April 14, 2022, after a fall. Born in Fitchburg, December 21, 1938, he was the son of the late Wesley O. Sleeper and Florence (Oehmer) Sleeper.
Richard graduated Fitchburg High School in 1958. He worked as a papermaker in Fitchburg 40 plus years, originally with Crocker Burbank Co. Also, Dickie, as he was familiarly known, was a 33rd degree Mason, and a member of Grand Commandery and Knights Templar. Mr. Sleeper was well known throughout the area, N.E. and other parts of the world, as a Noble Officiator at installation rituals and Scottish rites. Richard had been a secretary to Grand Commandery at their Boston Temple for several years, and had been master of the Charles W. Moore Lodge in Fitchburg for multiple terms.
Beloved by his family and many others for his easy going but expert leadership, Mr. Sleeper is survived by his brother, Thomas and sister-in-law Patricia, of Holden, and by two nieces, Dyane of Holden and Alison of Monson, and two nephews, Neill of Orange and Coleman of Maryland.
He had been an official of Faith United Parish, Fitchburg and was a Faithful congregant of Leominster United Methodist Church
A Memorial Service for Mr. Sleeper will be held Saturday, June 4th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Masonic Hall, 16 Thorndike Street, Fitchburg, MA. All are welcome!
In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals, Leominster United Methodist Church or American Heart Association.

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