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Monday, November 30, 2015

Grand Recorder of KT in Indiana, Larry Kaminsky, Passes Away

I just received word that my dear friend and the longtime Grand Recorder for the Grand Commandery of the State of Indiana, Past Grand Commander Sir Knight Lawrence V. Kaminsky, passed away this morning.  No details have been made available as of yet. He was a good friend and Brother to me, and his dedication to Knights Templary in Indiana will be sorely missed.

When Larry was Grand Commander back in 2005, he asked me to make a video for the Knights Templar, and the York Rite in general. "Oh," he added, "I need it in two weeks for a meeting, if you can do it." I hurriedly cobbled together a script that he approved, and managed to pull it off, and he and I became good friends after that.

He was a longtime attendee at Masonic Week in Washington every year, and many of you will have met him there. Larry had that great ability to always make you feel like he had known you for years, and was the personification of what a Brother Mason and Sir Knight is supposed to be. He always had a smile on his face, and a kind word for everyone he met. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family, especially to his wife Janet.

From his bio on the Grand Commandery webpage:

Larry was born to Vincent and Mary Kaminsky in Hammond, Indiana. He has an older brother and two younger sisters.

He graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in 1959, and went to work at AMF, Junior Toy Division in Hammond while attending Purdue University Calumet. He then attended IBM school and was then employed at Hartford Insurance in Chicago. In 1963, he married Janet C. Gard. They are very proud of their four children and three grandchildren. During his career, Larry also worked at Contemporary Books, Inc., Huntington Industries, Inc. and has retired from the Quaker Oats Co. He received an Associate Degree in Management from Purdue University, Calumet; Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph College in Management; Associate Program in Logistics Excellence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; earned the certification as a Certified Data Processor at the Institute of Certification of Computer Professionals and is a strong advocate of higher education in all forms. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America at many levels for over 16 years and served as an assistant Chapter Advisor in Willis R. Ford, Order of DeMolay for several years.
Masonic History

Larry received his Masonic degrees in Garfield Lodge #569, Hammond, IN during 1970, served as Worshipful Master in 1981, served as assistant secretary from 1971 through 2010 and served as Treasurer for ten years. He joined the Hammond York Rite bodies in 1975 and served as High Priest in 1999, Illustrious Master 1997 and Eminent Commander in 1999. He served as Secretary/Recorder of the Hammond York Rite 2000-09. He served at the state level with the Grand Council as Group Officer for Arch 1 from 1995-1999. He started his Grand Commandery service as a Deputy Battalion Commander in Battalion 1 in 1996, was appointed as Grand Warder in 1999, elected and served as the 144th Grand Commander, Knights Templar of Indiana for the Templar year 2005-06.

Larry is a member of the following Masonic Affiliated organizations:
  • St. Basil Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Puissant Sovereign (2010-11), Current Recorder
  • Gennesaret Tabernacle No. XVII, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Past Preceptor (2009-10)
  • J. Herbert Nichols Priory No. 76 KYCH, Past Prior 2008-09
  • Northwest Indiana York Rite College No. 73, Past Governor 2005-06
  • David R. Ford No. 338 Allied Masonic Degrees, Past Sovereign Master 2003
  • Indiana College Masonic Societas Rosiccuriana In Civitatibus Foederatis, VII°
  • Coronated Inspector General Honorary, 33o; the last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction held in Washington, DC, August 2007.
  • Scottish Rectified Rite, Scottish Master of St. Andrew, Alexandria, VA, 2012
  • Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Valley
  • Royal Order of Scotland
  • Scottish Rite Research Society
  • North Township Scottish Rite, Past President
  • Indiana Council of Anointed High Priests
  • Indiana Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters
  • Indiana Past Commanders Association
  • Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor, Pennsylvania, 2005
  • Yeomen of York Preceptory No.1, Past Director General 2002
  • Grand Preceptory Yeomen of York, Past Grand Director General 2005-07
  • The Masonic Society, Founding Member
  • Philalethes Society
  • High Twelve, Indianapolis
  • Knight Masons, Indiana Council #15
  • The Grand College of Rites of the USA
  • Griffith Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Past Worthy Patron, 1974
  • Low Twelve Club, President
  • Lake County Masonic Angel Fund, Board Member

Larry has received the following honors:
  • Recipient of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Mason Secretary of the Year
  • Indiana Grand Council Cryptic Masons Recorder of the Year
  • Indiana Grand Council Cryptic Masons Illustrious Master of the Year in 1997
  • Grand Commandery Star Recorder of the Year
  • Appointed Grand Commandery Representative to the State of Michigan, near Ind.
  • Appointed Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Indiana to South Carolina
  • Knight York Cross of Honor
  • Knight York Grand Cross of Honor with one quadrant
  • York Rite Sovereign College of North America, Award of Gold
  • York Rite Sovereign College of North America, Order of the Purple Cross
  • York Rite Sovereign College of North America, Associate Regent
  • York Rite Sovereign College of North America, Order of Enlightenment
  • Indiana Grand Master Masonic Service Award in 2000
  • Member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 2001
  • Tennessee Squire Association, 2010

Larry has received the additional degrees:
  • Allied Masonic Degrees, Chicago 2001
    • Royal Arch Mariners
    • Arch and Dove
    • Secret Monitor 1° and 2°
  • Royal Order of Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord 3rd Grade
    • St. Lawrence the Martyr
    • Knight of Constantinople
    • Excellent Master
    • Master of Tyre
    • Architect
    • Grand Architect
    • Superintendent
  • Installed Sovereign Master 2003
  • Installed Supreme Ruler 2009
  • Installed Commander Noah 2009
  • Order of the Red Branch of Eri, Washington, DC 2003
  • Knight Commander, Order of the Red Branch of Eri, Washington, DC 2009
  • Ye Antiente Order of Corks, Washington, DC 2003
  • Order of the Rock, Washington, DC 2003
  • Order of Freedona, Washington, DC 2004
  • Grand Tilers of Solomon, Washington, DC 2009
  • Masonic Order of the Bath, Washington, DC 2009
  • The Royal Society of Knights Occidental, Washington, DC 2002
  • The Order of WAHTA, Washington, DC 2004
  • Goose & Taters, Quest, Zanzibar 2000
  • Zanzibar Fellowship of the Crystal Swizzle Stick 2006
  • Ancient and Heroic Order of the Gordian Knot, Indiana Synod No. 1, 2005

UPDATE 12/1/2015

Services for Lawrence V. Kaminsky, PGC
Kuiper Funeral Home
9039 Klienman Rd, Highland IN 46322

Thursday, December 3rd
Visitation from 4pm-8pm
Templar Honor Guard: 5pm-7pm
Masonic Service: 7pm
Friday, December 4th
Funeral: 10am
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
3711 Ridge Road, Highland IN 46322
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations may be made to his
surviving spouse to assist with medical and funeral expenses.

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