1938 – 2015
PORTLAND — Ernest Francis Mason, 77, of Bethel, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, at Maine Medical Center surrounded by his family.
He was born in Bethel on Dec. 4, 1938.
He married Anita (Sprague) Mason in 1968 and together they created a very large, loving family. Ernest worked as a hard working woodsman from the time he was 14 until he retired. He was well-known as one of the best in this trade, a job he was proud to do that supported his family.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed several outdoor activities. He and his family spent most of their summers in Azicohos. He loved the northern Maine area and had many favorite fishing/hunting places. He liked to go to Greene to spend time with his siblings.
He enjoyed NASCAR racing, spending time with family, cookouts, his pets, hunting, fishing, camping and his boat. He really loved being a Grampa/Papa to his beloved grandchildren, Nicholas, Deanna, Eric, Kimberlei, Bronson, Lucas, Kevin, Taylor, Brooklin, Darrin, Brooklyn, Leah, Morgan, Addy, Connor and Avery. They were his pride and joy and he spoke of them often.
Ernest loved to share stories of the past, some of his favorites were of his time racing at Oxford Plains speedway when there was only a dirt track there, numerous hunting and fishing stories, stories of working in the woods with Roland and Doug Walker and Chuck Johnson.
We feel fortunate that we went on a recent family camping trip to Seboomook in the summer of 2015 and have many fond memories of him here.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Anita; and children, Lori Dean and husband, Gary, Bill Mason and wife, Claire, Ernest Mason and companion, Sheila, Linda Chase and husband, Brian, Tammy Nguyen and husband, Cong, Carrie Kimball and husband, Amos, Mary Mason and fiancé, Joe, David Mason and Luke Mason; his sisters, Eleanor Flanders, Shirley Bitetti and husband, Joe, Virginia Curtis, Pat Greene and husband, Dennis; and brothers, Gary Mason, Delbert Mason and wife, Marilyn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Ernest was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Bernice Mason; infant daughter, Tina Mason; brothers, Richard and Albert Mason; and sister, Jeanette Wajda.