Hollywood, Fl — Patrick Kenneth Mason, 63, son of John Francis Mason and Mary Theresa Pappalardo, took his last breath at home in the presence of his loving and devoted wife, Lorraine Dawn (Palka) Mason, and daughters Sara (Mason) Anton and Kayla Mason, at 12:40 a.m., on January 9, 2014. He is also survived by son-in-law, Paul Anton; grandson, Nathan Anton; and sister-in-law, Iris Engel. Pat was born in Lawrence, Mass., on St. Patrick’s Day, 1950, and was the third child of four. He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Desrochers and husband, Ronald, of Methuen, Mass.; and nephews, Stephen and Kevin; brother, John Michael Mason from New Hampshire; and younger sister, Kathleen Mason, who predeceased him in 2001; and nieces and nephew Jillian, Alexandria and Jay Capello of Massachusetts.
Pat graduated from Lawrence Technical School in 1969, specializing in Culinary Arts. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army and served one year in Vietnam. The VA recognizes pancreatic cancer as a direct link to Agent Orange, therefore affirming that he gave his life for his country. He was proud of his service, but refused the honor of being called a hero. In his words, “I’m just a regular guy, who tried to do his best in everything and treat people honestly and respectfully.” In 1977, he met the love of his life and married in April 1979. They shared a rare and special love as they raised their two girls. Pat had worked for the City of Pembroke Pines since 1980 as an auto technician and was known for his integrity. He was respected for his willingness to help and kind disposition. His wife affectionately describes him as “My big strong man, my sweet, sweet Pat with his wild and curly unruly hair, his twinkling laughing green eyes that entranced me from the moment we met.” Pat bravely fought cancer for 7 months. He will be very sorely missed. Rest in Peace Pat, so many people loved you!
ARRANGEMENTS: Pat will be cremated by Fred Hunter Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Friday evening, January 17, at 7 p.m., at Luther Memorial, 1925 North State Rd. 7, Hollywood, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations to the research of pancreatic cancer would be greatly appreciated.
Please visit www.fredhunters.com to leave a message of condolence for the family.