Bob Mason passed away peacefully on September 17, 2021 with family at his bedside. Bob was born in 1931 in Meadville, PA., and graduated from Allegheny College where he affiliated with Phi Gamma Delta and was a 4-year letter winner in football. He always looked back on his formative years in western Pennsylvania with appreciation and fondness for the rich experiences the area offered.
Bob met his future bride of 60-years, Nancy Gaub, at Meadville High School. They were married during their second year in college after which Bob embarked on a 40-year distinguished career with the Aerospace Division of Goodrich Company (now part of Raytheon Technologies Corporation). After living in Ohio and New York in the early years of their marriage, the Mason family (which now included three young children), settled on Mercer Island in 1964.
The Mason family adapted to their new Northwest lifestyle by engaging in all things outdoors. Camping and hiking were soon followed by skiing with fond memories of countless weekends at Crystal Mountain. In the summer, Nancy and Bob could be found boating in the San Juan Islands north to Alaska. And, in between seasons, they enjoyed worldwide travel, particularly precious time spent on the island of Maui with family.
After Nancy’s passing in the year 2010, Bob developed a special friendship with Carol Hoyt, a friend and colleague of Nancy’s during their years together at Mercer Island School District.
Bob ascribed to profound core values which were foundational to his life’s outlook. He invested deeply in relationships, both personal and business, and “never met a stranger.” Bob will be well-remembered by family and friends for his wisdom, kind counsel and story-telling ability.
Bob leaves behind his children Mary Beth (Dale) Sowell, Lynn (Ken) Clenin and David (Dawn) Mason, grandchildren, Travis and Tyler (Annie Keyes) Sowell, Brian Clenin and Christy (Ryan) Wong, and Alex and Michael Mason, great-grandchildren Bennett and Elliott Sowell, Nancy’s cousin Sonia Parry and special friend Carol Hoyt. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Nancy, his parents Hazel and Gerald Mason and his brother Arthur Mason. Private burial services were held for Bob in Meadville where he is at rest with Nancy.
A memorial service in honor of Bob will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 13th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th Street, Mercer Island. A reception will follow at the church.
Remembrances in Bob’s name can be made to: Allegheny College, Development Office, 520 North Main Street, Meadville, PA. 16335