Brother Don Rickles – RIP

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Another of my boyhood icons has passed to the Celestial Lodge, which is one of the saddest and most unstoppable side effects of aging, I’m afraid. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasant discovery when one of them turns out to have been a Freemason. 

Brother Donald Jay Rickles passed away today at the age of 90. He died in his Los Angeles home of kidney failure. 

Brother Rickles was raised on June 6, 1953 and remained a member of Service City Geba Lodge 1009, which meets in the Anchor Astoria Temple on 30th Avenue in Astoria, New York. My understanding is that he hadn’t attended his Mother Lodge for almost three decades, but still faithfully mailed in his dues check each year.

To mark his passing, I include a Youtube link to his 1968 album, “Hello,  Dummy,” which I feel is only appropriate for my site. For those who live their lives in a perennial state of indigence and offense, I suspect his brand of comedy will be positively horrific in this day and age. That’s too bad, because he packed audiences full of folks of every race, creed, and persuasion who were only too delighted to be on the receiving end of his “insults” for over half a century. He spared no one, and by doing so, made us all laugh at each other as a result. Not a bad legacy, that.

His column is broken and his brethren mourn.

Source: Freemasons For Dummies