Bob "Rudy" Homberg was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on November 25, 1930: the only child of Rudolph F. and Margaret (Duerlein) Homberg.
Bob graduated from Medford High School in 1949 and from Fisher Junior College in 1952. While still in High School, and for twenty-two years thereafter, he worked for and with his father in the family business of manufacturing athletic and various types of school uniforms---until he sold the business in 1974.
The family moved from Medford to Washington Street, Belmont in 1950. On July 26, 1958 he married Beth King at West Warwick, Rhode Island. His beloved wife of 42 years, she preceded him in death. They did not have any children.
While a senior in High School, Bob joined the National Guard, and later, the Army Reserve. While in the National Guard, Bob enrolled in a 2-year program at the Massachusetts Military Academy, graduating as a Second Lieutenant. He then enrolled in the 131st Engineer Unit of the Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA as a First Lieutenant. Bob stayed with that unit until his retirement, having attained the rank of Captain. He enjoyed Army life.
Bob joined Belmont Lodge, A.F. & A.M. in Belmont in March of 1954. He served that Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1964, during its 100th Anniversary. He subsequently served three additional terms as Worshipful Master of Belmont Lodge. Bob joined Belmont Royal Arch Chapter in January of 1956. He served his first term as its High Priest in 1961-1962. He served several other terms as High Priest of that Chapter, as well as Treasurer for 35 years.
Bob served the Grand Chapter and achieved distinction in several capacities, Past President of the Order of High Priests and its Secretary and Treasurer for 26 years, Recipient of the Paul Revere Distinguished Service Award/Medal, 1978. Grand Royal Arch Captain, 1964. Grand Representative to the Grand Royal Arch Chapters of Oklahoma and Connecticut. Grand Secretary for twenty-seven years, beginning in December, 1973. Member of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter Exemplification Degree Team from 1966 until his retirement in 2001: 35 years. For the last twenty-three years, he served as a Grand Lecturer, Elected Grand Secretary and Grand Lecturer Emeritus, Elected Honorary Past Deputy Grand High Priest, December 1975. Honorary Past Grand High Priest, December 1998 Council of Royal and Select Master Masons.
Bob was greeted in Cambridge Council of Royal and Select Master Masons in April of 1963. He served as its Illustrious Master in 1966. He was appointed Grand Captain of the Guard in 1970, and was elected Grand Recorder of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons of Massachusetts in December 1974--- and he served in that office, with distinction, for nineteen years. He also served as Recorder and Treasurer of the Assembly of Thrice Illustrious Masters for nineteen years. He was elected an Honorary Past Grand Principal Conductor of the Work as well as an Honorary member of the Grand Councils of Georgia, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Bob served as Eminent Commander of DeMolay Commandery No.7, of Knights Templar, Boston in 1970. Member and Past Patron, Belmont Chapter No. 108, the Order of Eastern Star, Member Scottish, Valley of Boston, Aleppo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Boston, Past Preceptor of Damascus Tabernacle No. XXXI, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Past Puissant Sovereign and Past Recorder, Bay State Conclave, Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, Past Prior, Massachusetts, No.52 Knights of the York Cross of Honor and Past Personal Representative of the Convent General K.Y.C.H. for District 2 (New England), Past President and Past Secretary-Treasurer of the Mutual Guild—a national-level organization of Presiding and Past Grand York Rite Secretaries and Recorders.
Bob had an active and illustrious life and career in business, Masonry and socially with his many friends. He was an indefatigable worker, a pillar of integrity in the performance of his duties and responsibilities, and a loyal and loving son, friend and Masonic Brother.
Visiting hours in the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 36 Trapelo Road Belmont on Saturday June 24th from 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Followed by a Masonic Service and a funeral service at 10:00 AM. Interment Belmont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, Charity Fund 186 Tremont STreet Boston MA 02111
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