Franck Richard Bonhomme was born on February 4, 1951 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He relocated to the United States on November 10, 1965, at fourteen years of age. While attending local schools in America he earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Restaurant Food Service Management.
Franck Bonhomme was a religious man who led by example. Franck enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and continued to serve his country during Desert Storm. He retired in El Paso, Texas after twenty years of service.
Franck Bonhomme became a Master Mason on June 19, 1982. He was a Past Master of the Pride of the West Lodge No. 53, Past High Priest of El Paso Holy Royal Arch Masons Chapter No. 90 and became a Grand Inspector General in October 2008, receiving the 33rd and last degree in Masonry. He belonged to every Prince Hall Masonic organization in the state of Texas.
He supported all the Masonic houses and many other organizations here in our El Paso community. He helped to organize many fundraisers for youth groups and youth athletic programs. Franck even went so far as to fund math and science programs for schools that could not afford them. Franck Bonhomme spoke several different languages fluently and used his knowledge on many occasions working in the community. Everyone truly remembers him for his cake and pie fundraisers.
When Franck couldn’t raise enough funds for these endeavors, he would finance them himself. He was also an educator; Franck would have weekly study halls at his home to educate his brethren on all Masonic studies. When he gave a lesson to study he would make sure that we followed through and truly studied. He would quiz us on everything, and if you failed or didn’t study he would let you know in his own way, which wasn’t always nice.
He loved every organization, but he took El Paso HRAM No. 90 under his wing and strived to make it the most successful chapter in Texas. For years Franck Bonhomme wanted to establish a way to appreciate everyone for their Good Work, True Work, and Square Work, so on September 17, 2012 he established our first Annual Appreciation Banquet. He wanted to make it clear that the banquet should honor all the members of Masonry, their families, their friends, and especially the El Paso Community for their support to El Paso HRAM No. 90. On June 16, 2013 Franck Bonhomme passed away, but his dreams and visions continue to live on. El Paso HRAM NO. 90 has won Chapter of the Year seven out of the last ten years, the last five times consecutively. Our Chapter has been mentioned at the Annual General Grand Conference as the best in the country. On September 17, 2015 the Appreciation Banquet was renamed the Franck R. Bonhomme Appreciation Banquet in honor of his accomplishments and the lives he has influenced.