Mason, Henry “Hank”

Henry “Hank” Hall Mason, Sr., 93, of Farmington, CT, passed away peacefully Monday, March 13th, 2017 at Touchpoints in Farmington after a long illness. Henry was born at home on Main Street in Farmington on December 4, 1923 to Thomas and Flora (Langenberger) Mason.
As a young man, he worked with his parents on the family farm and helped with numerous odd jobs around town with his father. He played hockey for Farmington High, and enjoyed sailing and built several boats, sailing on Bantam Lake whenever possible.
Henry graduated from Farmington High School in 1942, joined the Army, and after training in Camp Polk, Louisiana travelled to England with the 148th signal corps of the 8th army “Thundering Herd”. He drove his radio station equipped half-track through France, Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia, returning home in 1946.
After the war, he returned to Farmington and pursued his interest in photography, training professionally in Hartford, but eventually attended Henry Abbot Tech to study automotive repair.
Henry met Esther McKenney from Greenwood, MA and they married on April 28th, 1956. They lived on Diamond Glen while he built their house on Reservoir Road using hemlock trees cut with his own sawmill.
Henry kept busy throughout his life; he was involved in numerous projects at St. James Parish, volunteered with the Farmington Fire Company, was an active member in the American Legion, and after his retirement from Wagner Ford in 1988, began a 23-year run on the board of the Farmington Land Trust. The town recognized his efforts with the land trust by naming the Henry Mason Trail in 2009, located adjacent to the aqueduct.
Henry will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. He leaves two children; Henry “Skip” Mason, Jr.; Thomas “Tom” Mason III and his wife Sonia all of Farmington; three grandchildren; Annemarie Lucas and her husband James, Amelia Mason, and Katrina Mason and one great grandchild Mason Lucas. Henry was predeceased by his wife Esther (McKenney) brothers and sister; Robert Scott Mason, Thomas Mason, and Betsy Keniston. He is survived by his sister Ottilie “Punch” Smith, and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 pm at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT. A memorial service to honor Henry’s life will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT with interment immediately following the service at Riverside Cemetery, Garden Street, Farmington, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Henry’s name to the Saint James Parish memorial fund, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032, or The Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden Street, Farmington.

Calling Hours

Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4:00 - 7:00pm

Funeral Service

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00am in St. James Parish ~ Farmington

Burial

Riverside Cemetery ~ Farmington

Memorial Contribution

Saint James Parish memorial fund, 3 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032, or The Farmington Land Trust, 128 Garden Street, Farmington.

11 Responses to 'Mason, Henry “Hank”'

  1. Joe Treggor says:

    Henry was the model for my life in retirement. That is, to never be retired.
    And in that I too was a President of the FLT where I first met him. He had vast sensitivity and a deep spiritual caring for our woodlands, wetlands and grasslands.
    Yet I’ll never forget when creating info cards for HIS trail I asked him what kind of tree we were looking at. His reply ‘darned if I know’ blew my socks off…the guru, stumped! But here was the other side of Henry…humility. The woods have lost a hero…we have lost a friend.

  2. Neil and Pat Clark says:

    Henry was one of a kind, and he surely enriched all of our lives it was an honor to have known him. Henry and Esther have a warm spot in our hearts and memories. To his family we send our deepest sympathy.
    Neil and Pat Clark

  3. Harriet Noyes. Dick Noyes in absetia says:

    We miss you Henry for all your hard work for the Land Trust, your cheerful outlook, and your friendship.

  4. Margaret O'Rourke Nowak, Houston, TX says:

    Henry Mason was an upstanding pillar in the Farmington community. He and his wife Esther were regular guests at my parents’ Christmas Day gatherings at our house on Main Street. I remember him marching in the Farmington parades with Jerry Wadsworth. He came to all our family weddings, and gifted each O’Rourke daughter with a sturdy wooden bench he’d built himself. His Christmas cards featured beautiful winter scenes he’d photographed himself, using the lens and the lighting to showcase ordinary objects such as a snow-covered hatchet embedded in a tree trunk. He and Esther were the quintessential “good people” you hear about in small towns, and provided the ultimate good example of a life well lived. RIP.

  5. Jerry Hancock says:

    A lasting Tribute to a man who served the conservation effort in Farmington: The Henry Mason Trail, serene and educational to all, with the help he gave to the Eagle Scout Service Project to Identify Trees along the Trail

  6. Steven & Beth Morris says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. See you all on Thursday. Steve and Beth

  7. Peri and John Pogson says:

    John and Peri Pogson extend our heartfelt condolences to you, dear Henry, and to your family, as well. May gentle and wonderful memories comfort you and yours soon 💐

  8. Robert walton says:

    I just met him I believe one night out on the trail with the land trusties and they cheerfully welcomed me and my dogs in for a warm drink and some stories and laughs!
    Very saddened to hear this and will say a prayer for his loved ones for I know he’s finnaly forever home.

  9. Heidi Maresh says:

    We enjoyed his wonderful stories, historical knowledge and great company. We will miss him.
    Heidi and Henry Maresh

  10. Cathy Yandow Davis says:

    Tom – So sorry for your loss.

  11. Elizabeth Kelly says:

    What a guy! Ever cheerful, helpful, dependable, resourceful, honest and FUN! I will surely miss him, as I miss Esther too. Betty Kelly

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