George Byron Whitmer

George B. Whitmer, 57, of Jamestown, NY, formerly of Sheridan, NY, passed away Sunday morning Sept. 15, 2013 in Absolut at Westfield.

He was born Aug. 23, 1956 in Westfield, NY, the son of the late George and Evelyn (Pierce) Whitmer.

George worked in the auto salvage industry all his life until illness forced him to retire in 2008.

He joined F&AM Dunkirk Lodge #767 in 1978 and served as master in 1982. In 1983, Dunkirk Lodge #767 and Irondequoit Lodge #301 merged to form Dunkirk- Irondequoit Lodge #301 in which he served as master five more times.

In 2002-04, the Grand Lodge of NY appointed him DDGM for the Chautauqua District. He also served as master of the Justice Robert H. Jackson Lodge of Research. He had been very active in the York Rite, serving as High Priest in 1985 and DDGHP of the 32nd Capitular District in 2008. Brother George joined Dunkirk Council #25 Cryptic Masons in 1980 and was Illustrious Master in 1987.

In 2007, he was appointed DDGM for the 9th Cryptic District and from there elected to the Grand Line. He served as Grand Master NY Cryptic Masons from 2011-2012.

George became a member of Dunkirk Commandery #40 KT in 1979, served as Commander seven times and was Deputy Zone Commander for Dunkirk Commandery. He was admitted into Empire State Priory #46 KYCH in 1992 and served as Prior in 2011. He was a member and officer of Niagara Frontier York Rite College and was governor in 2013. He was the Sovereign Master of Conewango Council #243 Allied Masonic Degrees.

Mr. Whitmer was also a member of the Valley of Jamestown AASR and served as Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Per-fection. In 2012, he was elected to receive the Meritorious Service Award by the Council of Deliberation.

George enjoyed reading, driving his van in the countryside and spending time with his niece and nephew. He also volunteered at the Chautauqua County Fair, helping with the Masonic Child ID program. He traveled extensively with the Masons throughout the U.S.

George is survived by a sister, Jean (Lyle Campbell) Luczkowiak of Jamestown; a niece, Heather Luczkowiak of Dunkirk; a nephew, Scott Luczkowiak of Tucson, Ariz.; a great-niece, Emma Luczkowiak; and a great-nephew, Jayden Rasmus, whom he helped to raise and was his guardian.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be a Masonic Service in October with the date and time to be announced.

Arrangements are by the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel, 160 Central Ave., Silver Creek, NY.