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The North Country lost one of its finest entertainers, friend, humanitarian, musician, brother and father, Mark Mason. After being diagnosed with a glioblastoma in January of 2014 and undergoing all the treatments associated with it, he tired of the “new normal” and passed away on Thursday, June 21 at Hospice House on Gotham St. in Watertown.
Mark was an entertainer on various radio and TV shows, starting in radio on WTNY T93 as a morning DJ and then moving to the morning show on WWNY TV. He was also employed by Channel 50, the Watertown Zoo and at Hospice during his career. Mark also shared his love of music with others in various bands that he played guitar and sang in throughout the North country. If anyone saw Mark play, it was more likely in a charity gig, rather than a paying gig, because that was how Mark rolled. Mark volunteered his time and talents for an assortment of charities, including the ASPCA, the Volunteer Transportation Center, Relay for Life, The American Red Cross, the AIDS Walk, various food pantries around the area, Taste of the Town, and the Family Counseling Center, among others. He could always be counted on to emcee or play music at benefits.
Mark took to heart the expression “Pay it forward,” and would often buy the groceries of the person behind him in the grocery store or buy someone’s meal out of the kindness of his heart. His empathy for those in difficult circumstances was not just felt, but acted upon.
Mark would always tell his friends, of which there were many, to “Look for the nuggets,” that daily life gives- life lessons, bits of wisdom, humorous moments, the goodness in others. These nuggets are what make life interesting and enhance its significance.
Mark was born November 29, 1963 in Quantico, Va. the fourth child of Michael “Chuck” Mason and Marilyn Mason, and grew up as any Marine brat might do, in a variety of places, but the place where he lived the most and loved the most was Cape Vincent along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.
Mark is survived by his two children, Hannah and Mark Jr., who were the pride and joy of his life, and by sisters Michelle (Gerry) Bouchard, and Mary (Dave) Croft, and brother Michael Mason, aunts and uncles, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Mark will be remembered for his earnest smile and ease of conversation.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday, June 27 from 4-8pm at Cleveland Funeral Home, 404 Sherman Street, Watertown, NY 13601. There will be no funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held in Cape Vincent at a time and date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County or to Citizen’s Bank of Cape Vincent where a fund has been established for his children.
Online condolences may be made at www.clevelandfuneralhomeinc.com.
Hospice of Jefferson County
1388 Gotham Street, Watertown NY 13601
Citizen's Bank of Cape Vincent
154 E. Broadway, Cape Vincent NY 13618