Edward Joseph Mason Obituary

Edward Joseph Mason

Senator Edward Joseph Mason, 90, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Ed was born on June 12, 1930, in Cresaptown, MD, to the late Bert A. Mason, Sr. and Cora (Donahoe) Mason. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, J. Tucker Mason and his wife Billie, and Bertrand A. Mason and his wife Mac; and sister, Rosalie Mason. Ed attended St. Fidelis Seminary High School, and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1948. He then attended the University of Maryland, and graduated from Strayer’s Business College. Ed was an Air Force veteran, and was employed at Mason Dairy. Later, he owned and operated Mason’s Jug Store on Greene Street, and owned and operated Mason’s Snack Bar, which opened in 1954. Mason’s Snack Bar later became Mason’s Barn and J.B. Steak Cellar. Ed was the owner and operator of the Inn at Folks Mill and Uncle Tucker’s Wood Fire Pizza and Microbrewery. He was Chairman of the Republican State Central Committee of Allegany County, member of the Board of Directors, Allegany County Economic Development Corporation, Vice President of Maryland Federation of Young Republicans, President of Allegany County Young Republicans, member of National Restaurant Association, member of National Drive-In Restaurant Association, member of the Board of Directors of Western Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Route 40 Association, Outstanding Young Republican in Allegany County in 1967 and 1968. He was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1970. While in the Senate, he became minority leader in 1975, and served on the Senate Finance Committee that later became the Senate Budget Committee. He was the Co-Chairman of the Capital Budget Committee, and was a member of the leadership in the Maryland State Senate. Ed was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1976 and 1980. Ed was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, SS Peter and Paul Shrine, where he attended mass daily and received Holy Communion. Ed was deeply involved in many aspects of parish life, serving several terms on SS Peter and Paul Parish Council. Ed worked closely with then Pastor, Fr. Jim Kurtz, OFM, Cap., and city officials to demolish the empty school building that formerly housed the SS Peter and Paul School on Fayette Street. Through Ed’s tireless efforts, the parking at SS Peter and Paul Shrine was completed. Ed was also a member of the financial council for Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, and a member of the Building and Planning Committee. A lector, Ed received the Archdiocesan Medal of Honor for his service to the parish, in 2003. Ed married his wife, S. Jane (Dickerhoff) Mason, on June 14, 1952 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Cresaptown. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, E. Michael Mason, and P. Scott Mason and wife Beth; daughter, Kathy Mason Liller and husband Steve; grandchildren, Steve Liller and wife Megan, Meghan Forcucci and husband Charles, Tucker Mason, Taylor Mason, Max Mason, and Sara Mason; and great-granddaughter, Etta and Magnolia Forcucci. Family and friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Shrine of Saints Peter & Paul, 125 Fayette Street, Cumberland, on Monday, at 1 p.m. Facial coverings and social distancing is required. Pallbearers will be Ed’s sons, Michael and Scott Mason and grandsons, Steve Liller, Tucker Mason, Taylor Mason, and Max Mason. Interment will be in Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Fort Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard. <iframe id="tukios_player_512x330" allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" frameborder="0" height="330" scrolling="no" src="https://www.tributeslides.com/videos/embedded_video/MM3DWBWF47B27CL6" width="512"></iframe>
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Senator Edward Joseph Mason, 90, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Ed was born on June 12, 1930, in Cresaptown, MD, to the late Bert A. Mason, Sr. and Cora (Donahoe) Mason. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, J. Tucker Mason and his wife Billie, and Bertrand A. Mason and his wife Mac; and sister, Rosalie Mason.Ed attended St. Fidelis Seminary High School, and graduated from LaSalle High School in 1948. He then attended the University...

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Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, September 14 2020
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church
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Cumberland, MD 21502
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Visitation
Monday, September 14 2020
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A.
108 Virginia Avenue
Cumberland, MD 21502
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Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery
125 Fayette Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
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