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Ronald C Mason

November 25, 1934 ~ August 30, 2020 (age 85)

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HAMILTON - Ronald C Mason, 85, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of August 30th, 2020 after many years of living with vascular dementia. 

Ronald was a devoted and loving husband to his wife of 63 years, Joan Y. Mason, and beloved father to his daughters, Karynn Mason and Rhonda Donovan. Born to the late Clara Thompson and Bertram C Mason, Ronald grew up in Concord, NH, and graduated from UNH in 1956 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He then began working as a mechanical engineer at J & L Machine Co. in Springfield, VT where he met his wife, Joan. 

In 1963 they moved to Linwood, MA where Ron was employed at Whitin Machine Works in Whitinsville, MA.  In 1966 he joined United Shoe Machinery Company and a year later moved his family to their current home in Hamilton, MA. During this period, he continued his schooling earning an MSME from Northeastern University. When USM restructured, Ron found a job in Fall River, MA working as a plant manager for Printed Circuits whose mother company is located in Allston MA where Ron was also employed for several years.

Ronald was a proud member of the US Power Squadron and was elected as commander of the Gloucester Squadron for two terms. He loved the ocean and enjoyed captaining his sailboat the “Sea Wind.” He also taught boating safety and navigation classes at the Hamilton-Wenham library. Among his other accomplishments he worked as a realtor with Joan at Coldwell Banker Beverly and was an active member of the Hamilton Congregational Church. In his retirement years he taught computer courses at Endicott College and NSCC. 

In addition, to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his grandchildren, Calandra Carnevale, Sean & Liam Donovan, and Mason Flynn. He leaves behind his brother and sisters-in-law, Dean Wilson, David & Sharon Yesman, and Louise McBride along with nephews, David & Derek Yesman and niece, Courtney Fugere. Ron was predeceased by his sister-in-law Dorothy Wilson, and brother-in-law Larry Yesman.

Ronald was a very special man with a gentle soul and jovial sense of humor. He loved to laugh and was adored by his whole family. He will be dearly missed by all. 

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours in the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers, Thursday, September 10th from 4 to 6 P.M. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and are respectfully asked for no physical contact with the family. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers consider making a donation in Ronald’s name to the Beverly/Gloucester Power Squadron or to the First Congregational Church in Hamilton. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

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September 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923

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