Mason Wayne Van Tassell

January 25, 1944February 26, 2018

Mason Wayne Van Tassell – Age 74 of Hillgrove, Digby Co., passed away peacefully February 26, 2018 in Digby General Hospital. Born in Digby, he was a son of the late Calvin Oscar and Margaret Janet (Amero) Van Tassell. Mason worked over 30 year as a forest technician with Department of Natural Resources. He was an active member of the community throughout his life. Mason was a volunteer fire fighter with various departments in Digby County; he was past president of Digby East Fish and Game; past president of Digby Search and Rescue; a 15 year Auxiliary member of RCMP; a member of Fundy Amateur Radio Club; on community health boards in Digby and Yarmouth, a board member of Tideview Terrace and was very involved with the Liberal Party. Over the years, he was involved with Digby Municipal Airport where he took flying lessons and had his own ultralight; he spent time on the ham radio, hunting, watching war movies and later in life Mason and Annette enjoyed travelling to the various craft events and making rapure for their home business “Annette’s Rapure”. Mason is survived by wife, Annette Marie (Belliveau) Van Tassell; daughter, Denise (Mike) McCleave, Berwick; son, Jamie Van Tassell, Bear River; daughter in-law, Sara Van Tassell; grandchildren, Karley McCleave, Michelle McCleave, Ryan Van Tassell, Melanie Van Tassell, Jodie VanTassell; great-grandson Brooks; sister, Joan Whynott, Calgary; brothers, Calvin “Skip” (Shirley); Doug (Garnita), Saskatchewan; Jim (Lois) Alberta; also many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Mason was predeceased by sisters, Evelyn Taylor, Addie Van Tassell, Diane Wentzell and brother, David Van Tassell. Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. A gathering for family and friends will be held upstairs at the Digby Fire Hall on March 4th from 2 pm to 4pm. The family has requested no flowers and instead if you wish, make a donation in memory of Mason to: Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a Fire Department in Digby County.


  • A Gathering for Family & Friends Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mason Wayne Van Tassell

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Bob & Marlene Ringer

March 31, 2018

Our most sincere condolences to Mason's family. My wife and I (Marlene Wallage) have known Mason since 1962 and although we did not see him nearly often enough over the years, when our paths did cross it was always such a pleasure to renew our friendship. We remember Mason as a straight forward, hard working man who took great pleasure in supporting his friends and community. We consider it an honor to have had Mason as a friend. Mason was the type of person everyone should aspire to be. God bless you our friend.

Roger Marshall

March 4, 2018

We were sorry to hear of Mason's passing. Mason was a good man, a good friend and neighbor and a dedicated community minded person who was involved in so many community organizations. He was always willing to offer a helping hand, or some good advice to anyone in need. He contributed so much to this community, and will surely be missed. Our sincere condolences to Annette, Denise, Jamie and family. So sorry for your loss.
Roger & Sharon Marshall

Nancy Reid

March 2, 2018

I am sadden to read about Mason’s passing. I had a lot of fun with Mason growing up, as a small girl on the fire truck rides, being teased and being asked to look at Denise and Jamie. He always made me smile, and I will always smile when I think of him. My love goes out to you, Annette, Denise, Jamie and the rest of his family. RIP Mason.

Bob Taylor

March 1, 2018

My sincere condolences to Annette, Denise and Jamie. Mason was a special guy with many talents He could always bring a smile to his sister Evelyn and myself with his humour. Heaven will never be the same with five of them up there now. Take care Annette and may God bless your family.


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Philip Theriault

March 1, 2018

Sorry to here of Mason's passing, I will always remember Mason from the Dept of Lands and Forest depot, and other activitites that I came across Mason , always a nice man.Thoughts and prayers to Annette and family.

Stanley Jr Lombard

March 1, 2018

Friend working in the woods

Debra Boudreau

March 1, 2018

Mason was a valuable member of the Board of Directors of Tideview Terrace from 2014 to 2017. He always had a story to share or an insight to offer. At our Board meeting last evening, we took a moment to honor his contribution to our Tideview family. We miss you.

Donna Peck (Comeau)

March 1, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family. I'll be forever grateful for Mason so warmly welcoming me into his family, where countless "sleep overs", meals and the most wonderful memories of my youth were made.