After a prolonged period of illness, Right Worthy Brother Richard Samuel Moss passed to the Grand Conclave above on Wednesday 5th September 2018. He is survived by his wife, Hazel and children Sam and Tom and two Granddaughters.
Richard was inducted into Northworthy Conclave No. 287 in 1992 and was Installed as Supreme Ruler in 2002. In the Province of the East Midlands, Richard was Appointed Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 2004 and was Installed as Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler on 28th November 2006.
During his time as Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, the Province has seen a period of sustained growth in membership. The East Midlands Supreme Rulers’ Conclave No.598 was Consecrated and on the 24th February 2018, as his last service to the Province, Right Worthy Brother Richard led the Consecrating team for the Belper Conclave 628.
Until his illness Richard was renowned for his visiting – within the Province, he attended almost every ceremony in all the Conclaves, he was also well known for visiting all of the other Provinces within the British Isles.
It was not just in our Order that Richard demonstrated his commitment to Freemasonry – he was a leading figure in several orders – in the Mark Degree, Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters, SRIA, Allied Masonic Degrees, KBHC and of course Scarlet Cord where he was our Provincial Grand Summus from 2013.
Right Worthy Brother Richard’s passing is a great loss to Freemasonry. He had an impact on the lives of many Brethren and will be greatly missed. However, through his hard work and dedication he has left us with a great legacy and many happy memories. He was a great character and all who knew him would agree that it was a privilege to have known him.
The funeral will take place on Monday, 1 October at 11.00 a.m. at Amber Valley Memorial Park and Crematorium (www.ambervalleymemorial.co.uk ) followed by a reception at Belper Masonic Hall.