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Francis van Wyck Mason, Jr.
  • September 19, 1928 - September 24, 2017
  • Simsbury, Connecticut

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Francis van Wyck Mason, Jr. (Van), beloved husband and dearest companion of Barbara (Beardsley) Mason, went to join his Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He also lives in the memory of his treasured family: Daughter, Elizabeth Anne Mason; sons, Francis van Wyck Mason III, Geoffrey Wolfe Mason, and Douglas Weaver Mason and his wife Joanne and their sons Tyler van Wyck and Brett Weaver. He is survived by his brother, Robert A. Mason, and his children and their family. Van also leaves Barbara’s sons and their families: Jeffrey Reed and Kathleen and their family, Hanna Bressler and Michael, and daughter Lily and Rachel Clark and her husband Andrew, Christopher Reed and Julie, Andrew Reed and Kristen Hazard and his daughters Courtney and Megan; and his dear friend, Watson the cat. Van was born in New York City on September 19, 1928 to Francis van Wyck Mason and Dorothy (MacReady) Mason. During his early childhood the family resided in Bermuda. Van and his brother shared many an adventure on that beautiful island. As a young man, Van had an interest in planes and, while at school in NH, took flying lessons and got his pilot’s license. After graduating from Harvard, he received his officer’s commission and began a ten year career in the Air Force as a pilot, and attained the rank of Captain. He and his family lived and traveled in the U.S. and Europe. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he flew reconnaissance missions. His passion for flying and the Air Force was lifelong. After his Air Force service, Van and his family settled in Simsbury where he was employed at Combustion Engineering. Here in CT, he was able to enjoy sailing with family and friends. The family has many happy memories of boating vacations together on the New England coast. Van and Barbara met when they joined the Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance Association, on which they served for 12 years. They were married in 1980 and continued to reside in Simsbury. They enjoyed their home and family and, until illness intervened, had been active sailing, skiing and traveling together. In recent years, Van bore his limitations with grace and good cheer. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville and a friend of the North Canton Methodist Church. The family is grateful to Hughes Health & Rehabilitation for the skillful and compassionate care Van received in these last months. There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church St., Tariffville, CT, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:30AM. A burial service with military honors will follow at the Simsbury Cemetery. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 301, Simsbury, CT 06070, or to the Salvation Army at The Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home in Granby is in care of the arrangements. For directions or to share an online condolence with Van’s family, please visit Dear Friend Cherished Father Beloved Husband Van