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News Heading: Death of the Provincial Grand Master
News Date: 27 Feb 2008 / 22:11:22
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Sadly Rt W.Bro Derek Richmond the Provincial Grand Master of Durham has Passed to the Grand Lodge Above dying suddenly.

Rt W.Bro Richmond was a big man with a big personality and an example to us all in the way he conducted himself up to the very end, he was endued with a passion for Freemasonry and its supported Charities which were of huge importance to Him.

I hold myself honoured to have known him over the years and of having had the honour recently of being present at Masonic meetings at which he was able to attend with his Provincial Team of Officers, at those meetings as was his way he gave of himself, honouring those lodges by his presence even though it was very apparent he was unwell.

On 17th January He attended Vane Tempest Chapter of Installed First Principles with a Provincial deputation and on that occassion took the chair and installed Ex.Comp Kevin Sprott as Provincial Scribe E for the Province of Durham, which he carried out in Grand Fashion, He later gave a stirring speech at the festive board which reiterated the High Regard he had for Durham and Its Masons and his dedication to the 2010 RMBI festival the result of which he will now sadly never know.

I know that whoever is appointed to take his place will have a huge void to fill, but in his memory it may be that we as Durham Masons should ensure that the Target set for the Festival which he supported so enthusiastically is achieved and if possible exceeded in a mark of respect for him and in fraternal memory of his good name.

W.Bro D.Dorward, P.Pr.G.Swd.B.

Secetary Lodge of Concord No 6859