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Kenneth Berry Mason, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 19, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 23 Comments

Kenneth B. Mason, Jr., age 78, of Fearrington Village, NC, passed away on Thursday, April 19, at home with his loving wife, Mimsy, and dear dog, Annie, at his side. Ken was born in Paterson, NJ on May 14, 1933 and grew up in Oradell, NJ. He has also resided in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Pittsford, NY, Wooster, OH and New Rochelle, NY.

In 1951, Ken graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, NJ and in 1955 from Cornell University, receiving his BA in government and economics, and at the same time received his commission as Ensign in the U.S. Navy. After serving 2 years on active duty, Ken returned to Cornell University and earned his J.D. degree in 1960.

His law career began when he was employed as a litigation associate at Hawkins, Delafield and Wood in New York City. He was then appointed an assistant Attorney General for the State of New York and assigned to the antimonopolies bureau. He then moved on to F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Co., Brooklyn, NY and to Rubbermaid Inc., Wooster, OH. In 1973, he started his own law firm in Rochester, NY focusing on commercial collections, bankruptcy, and social security disability. In 1983 he opened a branch office in Jacksonville, FL which focused on Social Security and Veteran’s Disability claims.

Ken was active in several organizations including the Cornell Club of Rochester, NY; Rotary Club of Pittsford, NY; Republican Committee of Pittsford, NY., and President: Cornell Club-Jacksonville, FL.

Ken was predeceased in 2002 by his first wife, Carol Adelaide Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of seven years, Mariella Blackwood, Mimsy; his two children: Kenneth Mason III Eileen and Marteena Mason; grandchildren: Ryan Charles and Scott Kenneth Mason.

Family and friends may visit the family on Monday evening from 6-8 pm at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 396 West St., Pittsboro, NC 27312. Ken’s service to celebrate his life will be held at 10am on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at The Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 with Rev. Victoria Jamieson-Drake presiding. A reception will follow at the church.

The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Ken’s medical team and last caregivers Dr. Jared Weiss and his team at UNC Cancer Hospital, Dr Timothy Zagar and Dr. Gregg Goldin at UNC Radiology and the kind and caring staff at Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL; or the American Cancer Society. Please view and sign the guestbook at www.hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Kenneth Berry Mason, Jr.”

Condolence from Donna Drake Grimm on April 20th, 2012 12:00 am

Ken and Teena,
I am sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of both of your parents – much of it centered around laughter. I remember their smiles and laughter. Good memories. I hope the good memories help you through the difficult times.
Donna Drake Grimm

Condolence from Tom, Kathy, Dan & Jon Herrick on April 19th, 2012 12:00 am

Dear Ken, Eileen, Ryan & Scott,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad and Grandfather. Our sympathy and condolences go out to your family.

Condolence from Debi Drake on April 20th, 2012 12:00 am

Ken and Teena,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Dad, like your Mom, had a smile and heart as big as the sea. There was never a visit without much laughter and always, always a wonderful Ken story or two!. Sending you my best.

Condolence from Cardon Family on April 20th, 2012 12:00 am


So sorry to hear of the news of KB’s passing. I will always have great recollections of the times with you and your dad.

He had the greatest smile ever and i’m glad it was passed down to you and Teena.

Lots of memories of Keuka Lake, SJFC and the Pittsford homestead.

He lived life to the fullest. My heartfelt condolences to all of the Mason’s.



Condolence from Alfred Brown on April 20th, 2012 12:00 am

Mimsy, KB & Teena,
So sorry to hear of Ken’s death. Over the years we had much fun at Keuka Lake, Rochester and Florida. Fond memories are still fresh in my mind, especially of the “old Farts Weekends”.
Hugs, Al

Condolence from Rita Berman on April 21st, 2012 12:00 am

Deeply saddened to learn Ken is no longer here. He was an asset to Shared Learning of Chapel Hill, moderated a provocative Justice class and will be deeply missed. Rita

Condolence from Fran and Jim Shields on April 21st, 2012 12:00 am

We are saddened to learn of Ken’s passing this week. Back in the ’90’s, we were friendly with Ken and his first wife Carole and enjoyed many happy times with them and our Ponte vedra friends, though we have been out of touch since Ken remarried and moved to NC..
I was among one of the original “ROMEO’S” retired old men eating out which Ken helped start , and it still is an active group to this day.
Ken and I shared a fondness for single malt scotch, a good meal and the Republican party.
Our sincerest condolences to Ken’s wife and family..

Condolence from Douglas & Karen Merrey on April 21st, 2012 12:00 am

We were shocked to hear of Ken’s passing. Thank you for giving me Doug the opportunity to spend a couple of really pleasant hours with Ken last Sunday. I enjoyed it and we had planned to get together soon.
Doug & Karen
Fearrington Village

Condolence from Gregory & Catherine Flood on April 21st, 2012 12:00 am

Mimsy, Kitty and I were deeply saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to you and the rest of the family.

Condolence from Rhodes on April 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

Sara and I are sadden by Ken’s death. Our condolences to his family especially his brother Don. God bless!!

Henry & Sara

Condolence from Donald Mason on April 21st, 2012 12:00 am

My heartfelt condolence to Mimsy, KB3, his family and Teena. The unfinished Chapter has now closed. I remember the fun times when Ken invited me to the opening Jaguar game then our flight to Rochester and rejoining our family at Keuka Lake. The year we lived together at Cornell in our apartment at 210 Linden Avenue. How excited Ken was on his engagement to Mimsy. A good man, starting a new journey. May God light his path to show the way to Mom, Dad and Carol and may God grant Grace to the family in this time of sorrow. Hold dear the good memories.
Ken’s brother,

Condolence from Polly Chandler on April 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

Ken and my father were best friends in college. Ken was my father’s best man. I only met Ken once or twice but I do remember that every New Years Eve at midnight he and my father and mother would talk. It was a tradition of celebration they did probably for 25 years. I do remember Ken at my brother’s wedding, he was my brother’s godfather. He laughed and smiled. He was a bundle of joy and energy. A great man and I’m sure my dad will great him warmly in heaven.

Condolence from John & Susan Luke on April 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

We have been friends for over 35 years. Good by old friend.

John and Susan

Condolence from marlene shyer on April 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

I’m happy Ken came to New York City for a visit about five or six years ago and I got to meet Mimsy. It was wonderful to see how happy he was, full of life and enthusiasm, as always. Sorry I didn’t get to know Mimsy better, but thought she was a charmer. Looks like he chose well the first time, and again the second, and sorry for Mimsy’s loss.
My thoughts are with Chip and Teena, who lost both Mom and Dad much too soon.

Condolence from Jim Brownlow on April 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

Ken and I grew up three houses apart and went to school together from K to 12. By high school he had blossomed into a dynamo of energy, from varsity football to student leadership. Following his career from afar, and a few school reunions, I know he gave much to the people he met. God Bless, old friend.

Condolence from Anne Stryker McKegney on April 23rd, 2012 12:00 am

I have many happy memories of Ken and his family as we lived next door to each other for years in Oradell, NJ and our families were very close. Will remember Ken always.

Condolence from Sally Reeves on April 23rd, 2012 12:00 am

Ken Mason was the most faithful friend anyone could ever have in this world. I’m the sister of Joan Chandler Jenkins and feel like I knew Ken all my life although I only met him a few times. He was always a part of our lives because of his devotion to Jim and to Joan when Jim died at a very early age. They stayed in close touch and always talked every New Years. Ken was kind, caring, full of fun, and with a great sense of humor. Joan would always keep me up to date on what he was doing. It meant so much to her that they stayed connected for as long as she was alive. Few people ever have a friendship like they did. It was certainly one of life’s greatest blessing. Peace be with you – Sally Reeves

Condolence from Jim and Connie Kolster on April 23rd, 2012 12:00 am

We send our condolences to KB III,Teena , and Mimsy. We have so many fun memories — the Christmases we spent together,the games we played, and the many toasts we had. Thanks for the memories. Jim and Connie Kolster

Condolence from Joseph S. Cooper on April 23rd, 2012 12:00 am

Ken as a member of the Fearrington Village Mens Club was a friend to all, contributed to our weekly discussions, and was liked by all. He will be missed not only by the members of the Club, but all those who knew him in Fearrington Village.

Condolence from Karen Lozier on April 26th, 2012 12:00 am

Dear Teena and The Mason Family,

We are very sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Your Wayside “Family”

Condolence from Bob on April 26th, 2012 12:00 am

Ken was the first to welcome this tough Hoboken kid when I arrived at Oradell Jr. High. I spent many nights at his home and fondly remember his Mom and younger brother Donnie. He visited me in Az and we attended a spring training game and had dinner together. Mimsy, he loved you beyond explanation. Love Bob Berry and family

Condolence from Lou Malerba on April 26th, 2012 12:00 am

Dear Teena and the Mason Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these most difficult times

Love, Lou

Condolence from Mike on April 28th, 2012 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I know how much he enjoyed sailing with you and relied on you during your Mom’s illness. You were a wonderful daughter to him and I hope that the happy memories will provide you with comfort during this time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Your sailing buddy,

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