I am saddened to say that Companion George Sellars, the Most Puissant General Grand Master of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International passed away this last Sunday; he was 74-years old.
For those who knew him or knew of him, they had probably heard of his failing health due to cancer. I never knew personally, but Dave Grindle, the General Grand Recorder, was friends and spoke of him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were touched by this man and Mason.
Companion George was born and raised in the State of Michigan where he earned a BA in Biology, History, and Business; and took postgraduate study in Engineering, Economics, and Management. He served in both the Army and the Navy, worked for 34-years for a Public Utility Company, and for 15-years as Owner of a Construction and Consulting Firm.
He was married to his wife Brenda for nearly 50-years. Together they had two children, Anne and Paul.
George was initiated in 1961 and was a member of several Lodges in Michigan. He served in various distinguished capacities. He was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason in 1971 where he served as High Priest and as President for the Michigan Holy Order of High Priesthood. He was greeted as a Cryptic Mason in 1975 and a member of several Councils and served in various capacities and began his ascent up the ladder in Cryptic Masonry in 1984 with his first appointment to the officer line. He elected to serve the Grand Council of Michigan as Most Illustrious Grand Master in 1988 and after his time continued to serve on several committees.
In the General Grand Council, he served as Ambassador and Regional Deputy General Grand Master before being elected as General Grand Principal Conductor of the Work in 2005. He moved up the ranks and in 2011 he was elected as the Most Puissant General Grand Master.
He was knighted in Mt. Clemens Commandery No.51 in 1975 where he served as Commander, Recorder, and for the Grand Commandery served as Grand Sword Bearer and Grand Sentinel. He was awarded the Knight Commander of the Temple by the Grand Encampment in 2002.
He was a member and officer of other Masonic organizations which include: York Rite College, Knights of the York Cross of Honor, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Philalethes Society, Scottish Rite, Scottish Rite Research Society, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No.2076 in London, Shriners, Allied Masonic Degrees, Royal Ark Mariners, Grand College of Rites, Royal Order of Scotland, SRICF, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Red Cross of Constantine, National Sojourners, Knight Masons, Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon, and the Grotto. He was a recipient of the Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay.
Companion, you're feet have brought you to the end of your journey, you've laid aside the working tools of this life, and pierced through the veil of mortality to see beyond that Supreme Lodge where the Great Architect of the Universe resides. Rest well and in peace.