Richard 'Rit' E. Masse GlenvilleRichard Rit Edger Masse died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 14th sur-rounded by loving members of his family and friends. Rit was born in Schenectady, NY on September 20, 1930, the son of Edward Masse and Mary Lowe-Masse. In his teenage years Rit became an active member of the Honor Guard, fulfilling those duties and ultimately joining the State and National Guard. His interests and skills at boxing earned him a Golden Glove status in Schenectady during those early years. Rit's kitchen management and cooking skills had their roots in the kitchens of General Electric in Schenectady where he worked as a cook until the Korean War period saw him inducted into the U.S. Marines. Rit was very proud of being a Marine. While serving, he married his beloved wife, Pauline in 1950. They returned to the Schenectady area to resume their lives and create their family together. Rit would go on to accept the position of GM of the Niskayuna Country Club where he managed for over 10 years, followed by three years managing the Walhalla Country Club in Rexford, NY. He was a distinguished member of the National Board of Club Managers of America. In addition, he served as president of the Niskayuna Rotary Club. Following this period, Rit made a career change as he launched his own business and the REM Drain Cleaning Service Co. was founded. His business would support them for the next 20 years before retiring to enjoy years of fun and adventure with his wife, Pauline. While providing dedicated support to his family and community, Rit also served as an active member of the National Ski Patrol at Gore Mountain for over 25 years. His love of the mountains and skiing were bestowed upon his family and continues through several generations today. Rit and Pauline loved their retirement time together. They loved skiing, tennis, biking, canoeing and camping together. They traveled the world with friends, enjoying ski slopes and trails on several continents. They learned to play golf in their retirement and enjoyed years of sharing that love with friends and each other. Several ocean cruising trips were also a reflection of their love of adventure that carried them through their golden years. Their lives were full and beautiful together. Predeceased by his lifelong love and wife of 58 years, Pauline Hart-Masse, together they impacted our lives through the family they created, the principles and beliefs by which they lived, the love and generous giving that has touched us all. Rit is survived by his two devoted daughters, Jan Masse-Mahar from Glenville and Lynn Radz from East Greenbush, NY. Additionally, he fostered seven grandchildren, Dylan, Abbigael and Zachariah Horan, Nikolai Fine-Sitz, Ezra Masse-Mahar, Christopher Sikorski and Brittney Radz; and also five great-grandchildren, Justin Sikorski, Luna Horan, Elijah and Remi Ioffe and Manuel Horan. The Pauline-Rit tree of life will grow forever more, their circle of life that only exists because they did. We will celebrate Rit's life in the weeks to follow with a memorial service ceremony that will be scheduled when we can bring this family physically back together. Details will be announced for this memorial celebration. Memorial contributions may be offered to Ellis Hospital Foundation-Radiation On-cology Dept., 1101 Nott St., Schenectady, NY 12308. Our family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Robert Smith, Rit's radiologist, and the entire Ellis Radiation Oncology Dept. You were all so very helpful providing comfort, guidance and top notch professional care and treatment to Rit as he waged his fight to live. He loved and respected you all for your dedicated service. You all made a huge difference to him and we thank you so very much for that. Arrangements entrusted to Griswold Funeral Home. To share a memory or express online condolences, please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on May 17, 2013