2012-02-21 / Obituaries

Carl ‘Sam’ Mason

AUGUSTA — Carl Leroy (Sam) Mason Jr. of Belgrade, formerly of Pownal, died Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. He was 94 years old.

Sam was born April 28th, 1917 to Vivia Rachel Sturtevant Mason and Carl Leroy Mason Sr. in Bridgton. He graduated from Boston Radio School and went to work for Pan American Airways, flying from Miami and New York to the Caribbean, South America and Western Europe. He would thrill his grandchildren years later with stories of flying spies around the world leading up to the Second World War.

He married Marjorie Pearl Alward Mason on April 27, 1940 and lived in New York for a short time before returning to Pownal, where he would live most of his life. He worked for WGAN radio and television, Public Broadcasting for the University of Maine system and retired from the University of Maine in 1982. Sam was a lifelong Amateur Radio Operator, call sign W1GHK and was a member of the Society of Wireless Pioneers.

Sam enjoyed the outdoors and especially his camp in the woods. He loved snowshoeing, gardening and black powder firearms. He spoke often of a favorite road trip to California with his granddaughter Vanessa, with whom he had been living in recent months.

Sam is survived by his son George and daughterin law Fran, of Siler City, NC and daughter Kathryne Yamauchi of Brunswick. He will be missed greatly by his seven grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Sam was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Marjorie, on July 1, 1982 and by younger brothers Gerald and Roger. Also by his constant companion, Muddy the Airedale.

Visiting hours will be at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, on Thursday, February 23rd from 10 a. m.- 12 noon followed by a gathering for family and friends at Mallett Hall in Pownal. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Pownal later this spring. Please visit www.lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Sam’s life and to share your condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

In lieu of flowers and cards, Sam would prefer donations be made to the Pownal Historical and Preservation Society. Donations may be sent to: Donna Boyles, 584 Poland Range Road, Pownal ME 04069-6225.


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