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Official Obituary of

Frank George Mason

July 29, 1928 ~ February 29, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Frank Mason Obituary

It is with great sadness that we, his family, advise you of the recent death of Frank G. Mason, of Halifax and Chester, at the age of 95.  Frank died at The Halifax Infirmary (QEII) on Feb. 29, 2024 following a short illness.
Frank was born in Halifax on July 29, 1928, the younger son of George Frederick (Fred) and Mary Elizabeth (Kearns) Mason. He attended College Street School and St. Mary’s College High School, in Halifax, followed by St. Mary’s University, where he earned an Engineering Diploma, graduating with greatest distinction. In 1959, Frank entered NS Technical College (Dalhousie University) where he received with honors, a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He continued on his academic career at the University of Toronto, having been awarded a Wallberg Fellowship, and in 1962, received a MA Degree in Applied Sciences.
Frank then returned to NS where he became a lecturer, teaching electrical engineering courses at NS Technical College. Back to Ontario, 1963-1966, Frank lectured at the University of Toronto, instructing students in Electrical Engineering courses.
But, his heart brought Frank home to Halifax again in 1966, where he worked at the Atlantic Regional Laboratory: NRC (National Research Council), Oxford St., as a Scientific Instrumentation Engineer. Frank held this position until he retired in 1986. He was an honorary life member of the Professional Engineers Society. It is also here in Nova Scotia where, in 1969, Frank met and married Vivian Margaret (Schnare) Webber, of Chester, the love of his life.
An active, intelligent, interested man, Frank enjoyed learning throughout his lifetime. He craved knowledge and thrilled in reading, researching and discovering new things. He loved to discuss any topic and if he did not know about something, he would research until he found everything he could about it. Frank was an avid gardener at his Chester property, especially in growing vegetables, and was “famous” for his pickles. From early childhood and throughout his life, he collected and enjoyed listening to his huge library of music, particularly classical music, his favorite composer being Joseph Haydn. Frank enjoyed walking for exercise and for the enjoyment of Halifax, the city he loved. He also enjoyed playing golf and was an active member of the Chester Golf Course for many years. He volunteered his time at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Halifax for about nine years, helping to restore the old headstones and the grounds at this historic site. Frank loved to spend time with his family, especially enjoying the shared time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Frank is predeceased by his wife Vivian, his parents: Fred and Mary Mason, his brother Douglas (Doug) Mason (Joan), and his stepson Dennis Eric Webber (Debbie). He is survived by his stepson Gary L. Webber (Janice), his grandchildren: Daniel (Sandra) Webber, Chris (Nancy) Webber and Debra Jane (Jaime) Webber, and his great grandchildren: Brooklyn, Myles and Annabelle Webber.
A private family service and a Celebration of Life for Frank will follow at a later date.  Interment will take place in the family plot in Bayview Anglican Cemetery, Chester. We thank Frank’s doctor, David Wood, for his years of care, the doctors and nursing staff at the Cardiac Unit of the QEII for their assistance in January and the medical staff at QEII hospital for their care in February of 2024, and to his priest, Father Owen Connolly. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory can be made to any charity of choice. 


Heavy heart today 

Wish I could find a way

To tell you...

The role you played 

The memories made

Summers in your garden

Each day was an adventure 

Swinging from the rafter

Melodies of the Music Box Dancer 

Newspapers abound

All of the other trinkets I found

Up on Haddon Hill

The Christmas cards you wrote 

And plentiful facts you knew 

I always enjoyed talking and reminiscing with you 

Fond stories you would tell

Deep in the details you would dwell

And we would often chuckle 

Old burgundy car

That brought me near and far

You watched me graduate with pride

And as the years passed by

We would always try

To share a meal and an anecdote or two

I will always miss you...

Now today your final day

Your breath, it slipped away 

And in the gentle passing of the night

You, and all your might

Have found a place of final peace

A quiet stillness underneath 


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