June Edition

June 02 2017

 

 

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In Memoriam
D. William Roberts, 33°
1931-2017
He had kind eyes,
a wry smile,
and an unassuming nature.
He was often quiet—
preferring to spend
more time observing—
but when he did speak,
what he said was
always worth hearing.
His soft, raspy tenor voice
compelled you to
lean in and listen,
and you were seldom
disappointed.

Bill’s was the epitome of a life well-spent. He was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania and was a 1949 graduate of Trinity High School. He attended Duquesne University, and took graduate courses at Purdue. During his career, he served as the Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Public Relations Manager for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and in Government Relations for Gulf Oil. He also played a large part in making the Pittsburgh Regatta thrive, worked on the renovations of the Byham Theater, and was a licensed riverboat captain. In 1976, he coordinated a floating tour of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony in which he piloted the barge (complete with a sound stage) from Pittsburgh to Missouri, stopping at several cities for concerts.

Masonically, he belonged to too many bodies to mention. Some highlights of his Masonic career include serving as District Deputy Grand Master of the 47th Masonic District (1999-2005), an eight-year member of the Masonic Homes Committee, Past Thrice Potent Master of the Gourgas Lodge of Perfection (1993), Treasurer of the Valley of Pittsburgh, AASR (1994-2015), and being Coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason (1999). As late as 1993, he was co-editor of The Rite News (he likely started earlier, but they didn’t list the names prior to 1993), and he served as its editor from 1996 until his death in April.

Bill was a founding member of Hiram’s Riders of the Valley of Pittsburgh for which he spent countless hours selling raffle tickets, raising money, and coordinating events all to benefit the Children’s Dyslexia Center. He designed, decorated, and drove the Grand Master’s float at parades all over the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was also a founding board member of Ghost Light Productions, helping the new theater company get its start in the Valley. In short, Bill led a life of service.

He never asked for accolades or sang his own praises, preferring to work quietly behind the scenes. He eschewed most compliments, dismissing them with something like, “Well, someone needed to do it,” or, “I’m just one part of a big committee.” In fact,
Bill would have been mortified to see his face on the cover of the magazine.

Bill did so much for the community, the Valley, Freemasonry in general, and his Brethren. His death will leave a void in many places for a long time to come. It is up to us to fill his very big shoes the best we can and emulate the life of a Mason’s Mason. The world was better for him having been a part of it.

FAREWELL, MY BROTHER.