Bertrum A. Mason Jr.
1925 – 2009
LEWISTON — Bertrum A. Mason Jr., or Bert, as he was known by everyone, 84, of Little Wilson Pond Road in Turner passed away early Thursday, Dec. 10, at Marshwood Center with family at his side.
He was born in Fryeburg, Jan. 23, 1925, the son of Viola Kiesman Mason Pike and Bertrum A. Mason Sr. of Laconia, N.H. Except for a few younger years, he had the loving guidance of his stepfather, Fred E. Pike Sr., whom he greatly respected.
Bert attended schools in Fryeburg and graduated from Edward Little High School, Class of 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a T4 in the 832nd Signal Corp from 1943 to 1946. He married Betty Gould on May 16, 1948, and recently they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.
He worked 40 years at the Lewiston Sun Journal, of which he was very proud, starting as an apprentice printer and retiring in 1987 as a production manager. He and his wife Betty retired the same day, Jan. 23, 1987, and walked out of the building hand in hand to enjoy 22 retirement years together. They traveled throughout the 50 states, wintered in Florida several times, and enjoyed many theme parks as well as National parks and also the beauty of Hawaii.
He was a 55-year member of Ashlar Lodge No. 105 A.F. & A.M. and was a lifetime member of the American Society of Dowsers, enjoying his gift of finding water for many people. He also held positions as president and director of the Little Wilson Pond Improvement Association of Turner. He and Betty, for the most part, built their cottage on the pond in 1952 only to make it a year-round home in 1962, enjoying many happy years with family and friends.
He leaves his wife, Betty Mason of Turner; his son, Bruce A. Mason and his wife, Joanne, of Auburn; his grandchildren, Andrea Mason Webster and husband, Aaron, of Lisbon, Leianne Gervais, Paul Gervais and his fiancée, Mindy Brown, and Roger Gervais and his fiancee, Renee Pomerleau, all of Lewiston; great-granddaughters, Madison Guernsey and Abigail Gervais of Lewiston; his sister, Dora Marcum and husband, Bob, of Lewiston; his brother, Fred E. Pike Jr. and wife, Jude, of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Kathaleen Alexander of Auburn in 2008.

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