NORTH TURNER — Robert A. “Papa” Mason, 80, a lifelong resident of North Turner, passed away peacefully, Monday, April 23, at his home.

He was born May 22, 1937, in North Turner, the son of Kennard Mason and Mae (Libby) Mason. He attended Leavitt Institute in Turner and later received his GED.

Following high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962, and was active in the reserves until 1966.

On Sept. 21, 1961, he married Vicky Page of Leeds. To many of his family and friends, he was known as “Dad,” “Bobby” and “Papa Bob.” Bob worked at Leavitt Orchards, Northland Packing Plant, was a groundskeeper at Turner Highlands and built the covered bridge there. He was very proud of the title “boxologist” because of the thousands of apple boxes he made and sold to local businesses. He worked throughout the years with his father and brothers at the family sawmill, K.L. Mason & Sons Lumber.

He spent a lot of time fishing with his children and teaching them carpentry. He cherished his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, picking berries, husking corn and walking through the woods to the sawmill. He also enjoyed singing, building furniture and birdhouses for his family and gardening.

He was a member of the North Turner Fire Department, Buckfield American Legion and the Nezinscot Masonic Lodge in Turner.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Vicky Mason, of Turner; his daughter, Brenda Kirk, and husband, Doug, of Leeds; his son, Brad Mason, of Freeport; three grandchildren, Ashley Alden and partner, Glen Luce, Kate Kirk and fiance, Dayle Provencher, and Kyle Kirk and wife, Alicia; great-grandsons, Mason and Wyatt; and great-granddaughter, Temperance; nine sisters, Shirley Mahaney, Ann Morris and husband, Millard, Jean Tucker and husband, Phil, all of Turner, Judy Gallop and husband, Richard, of Monmouth, Meredith Bigg of Turner, Margaret Blodgett of Jay, Marsha Laplante and husband, Raoul of Livermore Falls, Joanne Keene and husband, Roger, of Turner, and Gayla Judd and husband, Ken, of Livermore; his brother, Randy Mason, and wife, Julie, all of Turner; sister-in-law, Rose Marie Mason; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Jerald Mason. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

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