William A. Mason III (1951-2023)
William “Bill” Augustus Mason, III passed away peacefully on Mon., June 26, 2023 at Mass General Hospital following a decade-long battle with cancer. His family mourns the loss of a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
Born in 1951, Bill was the son of the late Louise (DelGaizo) and William A. Mason Jr. He was raised in Medford, MA and later resided in Andover, North Andover and Somerville. He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 1981 and a JD from the New England School of Law in 1984. While he had many jobs over the years, as a carpenter, an attorney and a mail handler, some of his favorite years were spent as a stay-at-home dad.
Bill (Billy) was a true renaissance man with an inherent intellectual curiosity. He was always quick with a joke and humble to a fault. His creative mind, sharp wit, and good nature were inspiring to those he met. Those who knew him best will never forget his infectious laugh which would always brighten the mood.
As a lover of military and art history, Bill was fascinated by many eras from the Civil War to 20th century Viennese modernism. He had an artist’s eye for found objects and was a fixture at flea markets, auctions and estate sales forever in search of an eclectic array of unique and lost antiquities. He drew great joy from sharing his treasured collections and sophisticated knowledge of history, music, film and art with those in his life.
Left grateful for many years of fond memories are Bill’s daughter, Jennifer (Mason) Renehan and son-in-law Quinn, of Greenfield, MA; his son, David Mason, of Conway, NH and his partner, Dr. Molly Simmons; his grandsons Quincy James and Owen Augustus Renehan; his brother Scott Mason and wife Lisa, of Medford, MA; his sister, Patricia (Mason) Shea-Krikorian and husband Brian, of Amesbury, MA; and his several nieces and nephews. A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org).
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