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John D. Mason

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John D. Mason

AGE: 95 •

John D. Mason, born in Orange, N.J. December 4, 1921, son of Daniel E. Mason and Helen D. Mason; beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2016 at home with family and Bobbette, his wife of 67 years by his side.

Surviving are his children, Daniel, Bruce, Martha, and grandchildren Graham, Emma, Daniel and Wyatt.

John entered the Army December 4, 1942 and served in the Southwest Pacific as a radio operator with the 283rd Coast Artillery Battalion. He was stationed in the Fiji Islands, Guadalcanal, New Guinea and the Philippines, discharged December 31, 1945 with the rank of Sergeant. He received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in March 1949 in the Adjutant General's Corps, joined the 344th Data Processing Unit as Executive Officer, later becoming Commanding Officer. Awards include: Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, American Defense Medal, Victory Medal, Armed Forces Medal, and a Certificate of Commendation-Department of Defense. He not only served his country well, he formed lasting friendships with the men of his unit. He retired from the Army Reserves in February, 1971 with the rank of Major.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University in 1948. After careers in business and industry, he became associated with Delaware Technical and Community College at its inception in 1968. He retired as Coordinator of Cooperative Education following twenty years of service to the college in various capacities, as both member of the faculty and administration. For thirty-five years John actively supported the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington, especially as Co-Chairman of the Annual Armed Forces Day event. In retirement, he devoted time to the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Emmanuel Dining Room and Meals on Wheels.

John had an enormous, generous heart, a remarkable sense of humor and he'd

always make you laugh, elevating almost every encounter with gentle jokes and his contagious smile. To all those knew him he was kindness incarnate and will be deeply missed by everyone who loved him dearly. A Memorial Service at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall will be held on Saturday, February 11th, 2017, at Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, in New Castle, Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in memory of John may be sent to The Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, 669 South Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19805
Published in The News Journal from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2016
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