Joseph Mason, Jr.
Mr. Joseph Clarkson Mason, Jr., 79, of Laceyville, PA, passed away on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Tunkhannock with his son, Joseph Clarkson Mason, III at his side.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on Feb. 10, 1933, he was the son of the late Reverend Joseph Clarkson Mason and Ellen White Mason. He grew up in Lockport, IL and Cortland, NY.
Joe served his country from 1951 to 1955 as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy stationed in Japan.
He attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY from 1955 to 1959 where he met and later married Mary Wilson.
The couple settled in Connecticut in 1963. There his three children were raised in West Suffield, where he made his home until 1978. In 1983, Joe married Charlotte Benjamin Rafferty of Little Meadows, and shared their life together between Laceyville and Friendsville He made his living as a salesman representing such companies as the R. T. French Co., Lily Tulip, Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company and several sporting goods companies.
In his retirement, there wasn’t a diner or shop in nine counties that didn’t know Joe Mason as he enjoyed traveling and visiting around the area on a daily basis and hanging out with “the gun shop guys.”
An avid hunter and fisherman, he was also an instructor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission with their instruction and certification for bowhunters. He was a member of the Rought-Hall American Legion Post #510 in Black Walnut, as well as the Past Chaplain and member of the LaSociete Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux in Bradford, Sullivan and Wyoming Counties.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, David and Mary Mason of Hendersonville NC; his son and wife, Joseph and Karen Mason of Enfield, CT; daughters and husbands, Anne and Chris Gorman of Carey, NC, Elizabeth and Efstratios Zervas of Perrineville, NJ; stepdaughters, Laurie Ann Massey of Stoney Point, NC and Patty Lin Caudill of Statesville, NC and stepsons, Michael Rafferty of Friendsville and Joseph Rafferty of Little Meadows. He is also survived by his granddaughter and grandsons as well as many step-grandchildren and stepgreat grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Charlotte Mason in April of 2012 and by a daughter, Tiffany Ann Mason on May 25, 2002.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tunkhannock, with Rev. Lou Divis of the church officiating. A luncheon at the church in Joe’s honor will follow the service. All are invited to attend. Interment will be in the Lacey St. Cemetery in Laceyville at the convenience of the family. Prior to the funeral services, military services will be conducted by members of the Rought Hall Post #510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post #457 American Legion and the Endless Mountains Post #3583 V.F.W. Also the LaSociete Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux services will be conducted at that time. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 459, Tunkhannock, PA. 18657.