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Robert E. Whitfield, leader of Masons, died at 88

Sept. 3, 1929 – Oct. 16, 2017

Robert E. Whitfield, who had a passion for masonic organizations, died Oct. 16 after a long illness. He was 88.

He was born in Whitsett, Pa., was educated in Clairton, Pa., and served in the Army.

He married Margurite Simmons in 1952, and they moved to Buffalo to raise their family.

Mr. Whitfield, of Buffalo, worked for 25 years at Union Carbide as a welder until his retirement in the late 1980s, but his passion in life was the masonic fraternal organization.

He was past potentate of Hadji Temple 61, a member of Emmanuel Commander 21 Knights Templar, past commander-in-chief of of Bison Consistory 29, past excellent high priest of Companion Chapter 35, past patron of Ionic Chapter 77, past master of Ionic Lodge 88, and grand inspector general of the 33rd last Degree Northern Jurisdiction.

He married the former Beatrice Cooke, in 1993. They belonged to Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Pamela; two sons, Robert Whitfield and Kevin Brown; eight grandchildren; and great and great-great grandchildren.

Services were held Monday in Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry St. Interment will be in the Forest Lawn Cemetery Veterans Field of Valor.

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