The Worshipful Master and I are deeply saddened to inform you that Brother Richard Leverne Kauffman has passed on to the Celestial Lodge above.
Brother Kauffman was born on November 26, 1929. The first photo was at the Lodge's 2019 Christmas Party and Open Installation... he was 90 years old.
He was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on November 11, 1968, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on January 13, 1960, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on February 17, 1969. in the second photo, the brethren will remember this past March when the Lodge and the Master recognized Richard as a 50-year Masonic Veteran.
Brother Kauffman was our erstwhile Treasurer, an excellent one at that, serving at the pleasure (and much to the relief) of several Masters. Some of you will recall a few years ago, Richard’s family attending his grandson’s Eagle Scout presentation at our Lodge, much like we did earlier this month.
Tomorrow, Monday, February 3, is the funeral for Brother Richard Kauffman. It is at 2pm at New Providence Presbyterian Church - 1208 New Providence Rd, Raphine, VA 24472. There will be military honors at the grave, and we will conduct a masonic service first in the church. R.W. Glenn Jones from “over the mountain” (and our district Masonic Home Ambassador) will lead the service.
While we are eternally thankful that he is in a better place, it is fitting that the loss of our brother saddens us. Those of us who knew and worked with him acknowledge an added tribute to his memory. Please keep Richard’s family in your thoughts and prayers.