Capt. Stephen Jay Masse, USCG, (Ret.) of Concord, MA. died Thursday October 24, 2013 at home, after a long struggle with Parkinsons and Lewy Body Disease, surrounded by his family and loved ones. Born in Flushing, NY, he graduated from the USCG Academy in 1959, where he was Commodore of the Academy Yacht Club. After serving a Coast Guard tour on the Ice Breaker Westwind in the North Atlantic, he attended RPI earning a graduate degree in Civil Engineering in 1962 and MBA at Pace University in 1970. He went on to serve tours in Honolulu, Bangkok, Governors Island, NY, Portsmouth, VA, Washington, DC and a final tour as Head of MSO Boston, MA. After retirement from the Coast Guard in 1985, he worked at Clean Harbors until 1993. He was also a partner in South Hill Christmas Tree Farm in upstate New York. An avid sailor, Steve was a member of the Storm Trysail, Sea Cliff and Menantic Yacht Clubs. He sailed many offshore races including: Annapolis-Newport Race, Newport-Bermuda Race, Fastnet Race and Block Island Race Week as well as small boat sailing on Shelter Island, New York. Steve enjoyed many years skiing, with his family and friends, in Vermont and Colorado, as well as visiting friends around the world. He volunteered with Voice of the Faithful at Holy Family Parrish, where he was a weekly communicant, the Concord Orchestras Pops program among others. Visiting hours at Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord, MA were held on Monday October 28, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Family Parish at St Bernards Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord, MA at 10:00 AM on Tuesday October 29, 2013. He is survived by his wife Susan, his children Linda and Richard and sister, Emily. Contributions may be made to Northeast Outreach Center, Viet Nam Veterans, 255 Main Street, RM 213 Marlboro, MA 01752 or the USCGA Alumni Association, L 44 Sailing Program, 47 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320. Concord's town flag will fly at half-staff on Tuesday October 29th in recognition of Mr. Masse's service to his country in the United States Coast Guard. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance or send a condolence please visit www.deefuneralhome.com
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Published in The Concord Journal from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2013
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