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“Clif had many gifts: as a self-taught artist with a passion for intricate wood carvings; as a guy who easily transformed his canoe into a sailboat;...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Pat and Paul Engelking - Lowell, OR

“Dear Gail, Heather and Family: I just recently learned about Clifton from Lynne (Bartishevich) Maslyn on a visit to Lyons. It is with tearful...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Bartishevich and Family -Trumansburg, NY

Great Uncle Clif with Kora telling her the Bare Hill legend.
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Armstrong

“Hi all, please make comments on this Carmon website so that we can keep them and treasure them. Thank you all for all your warm wishes. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Heather

“To The Mason Family, Fond times at cdga class of 61. Clif was a lovely man. Frankie Young Long ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“To my old West lake Road neighbors, the Mason family.So sad to read about Clif's passing. I can still remember him with that old Sea Scout boat...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dave Monahan - Lady Lake, FL

“May God bless you and your family at this time ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Eleanir Meath - Newark, NY

“Thoughts and love to Gail and Heather. I met Clif when he and Gail were first dating back in Hartford when we were all young. What I remember the...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Barford - Santa Fe, NM

“We have been in FL for two weeks and just read the Courant's Obits. So sorry to hear about Clif. Will always remember the twinkle in the eye while...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

Clifton "Clif" Austin Mason, 73, of Simsbury, died peacefully at his home on December 31, 2016, of metastatic prostate cancer, with his wife Gail and daughter Heather DeRose by his side. Clif was the eldest son of Clifton T. and Lillian Mason of Canandaigua, NY. His mother continues to reside in the Canandaigua home where he spent his childhood by the lake. Following high school, Clif attended college and then served honorably in the U.S. Navy for 3 years, which included a tour on the destroyer USS Brownson during the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he met Gail—the love of his life. With ten years of adventures under their belt, Clif and Gail tied the knot and settled in Simsbury. They spent their earlier years camping and cross-country skiing; and their middle years trying to chase after Heather, who was maybe just a little too much like Clif for her own good (or theirs). Clif was a story teller, an artist, a craftsman, and a bit of a hippie. He adored nature and shared his yard and the history of every plant in it with everyone he loved. Clif's artistry didn't stop with just his plants, however. Skilled with a blade, he carved figures into every olive pit, tree stump, drift wood, or whale tooth he found. When not in his garden, Clif could be found rowing the Farmington River in his bright yellow kayak, practicing Tai Chi in the Simsbury Senior Center, or visiting his daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons in Massachusetts. A whole new energy emerged with the arrival of Clif's grandsons. He constructed a teepee in his yard for the kids to play in. He spent every moment with them on the floor or outside, playing chase and swinging and sliding. No kids have been luckier than these to have Clif as their "G-pa." Unfortunately, Clif was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003. For 14 years, this was part of his life; but it did not define him. Clif laughed and told stories until the end, and shared the warm light he carried inside him with all. He was a magnet everyone was drawn to and those that got to speak with him for even five minutes left as better people than they were before. Clif was a truly special and generous soul, and he will always be loved and fondly remembered. In addition to Gail and Heather, he leaves a son-in-law, Mark DeRose; two grandsons, Mason and William; his sister, Linda Williams of Cleveland; his brother and sister-in-law, Hale and Sharon Mason of Shortsville, NY; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Tom Armstrong of Peru, NY; a brother-in-law, John Tessel of Torrington; and many beloved relatives and friends. In honor of Clif and all his brightness, a memorial celebration will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, February 11 at The North House Restaurant event complex, One Nod Road, Avon, CT 06001. Please come prepared to share stories and smiles and memories. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clif's honor may be made to the Farmington River Watershed Association, 749 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury CT 06070, or to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. To share a memory of Clif or offer condolences to his family, please visit

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