Robert Guy Mason

February 25, 1923December 30, 2018

Lt/Col Robert Guy Mason, USAF/FANG retired, died on December 30th, 2018. Born to George Robert Mason, Jr. and Florida Hunt Mason, February 25th, 1923 in Jacksonville, Florida in the old Springfield St. Vincent’s Hospital. He attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, John Gorrie Middle School and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, class of 1941. He then attended the Univ. of Florida and Cumberland Univ. in Tennessee.

He was called to active duty in February 1943 and served overseas as a Fighter Pilot with the 8th Air Force in England and in the Army of Occupation in Germany. On returning home, he joined the Florida Air National Guard and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He served in Japan and Korea as a fighter pilot during which time he helped in pioneering in-flight refueling in combat. Following the Korean War, he worked full time for the Florida Air National Guard as a Flight Instructor and Squadron Commander. He was a graduate of the USAF Instructor Pilot Instrument School, The Fighter Weapons School, the Interceptor Weapons School, and the USAF War College. He retired from the FANG in 1983 after 40 years of military service. Lt/Col Mason was a Quiet Birdman, a member and past President of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Aviation Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Annette Nelson Mason, daughters Cynthia Flo, Sally Ann, and sons Michael Robert and James Guy. Granddaughter Sarah Annette Mandeville, preceded in death by granddaughter Kathryn Lee Mandeville, and sister Alice Jean Brownsberger. He was a long time member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church of Jacksonville, Florida.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00am at the Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel.

Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka Kansas 66675;

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January 2, 2019

Bob was the instructor pilot's instructor. A QB friend and aviation history authority. He will be missed by us all.

Ralph (Butch) Elliott

January 2, 2019

Bob was the first pilot to land at JIA when it first opened.
A great person and friend who will be missed by a lot of people.
Butch Elliott QB

Douglas Mann

January 1, 2019

My first memory of Col Mason was in 1981. As a new recruit at FANG, I had the opportunity to ride in back seat of Col Mason's T-33 as I prepared to ship out to pilot school at Reese AFB Texas. I was totally in awe, having been selected to serve at the same unit where as a cub-scout on a field trip to Imeson Airport Control Tower, I'd first seen the 125 FIG F-102's take off. After I returned to 125th from F-106 school in 1983, I flew my first missions along with Col Mason. I soon learned he'd grown up in the same neighborhood as I'd grown up and attended the same high school, Robert E. Lee. I remember many times sitting in the 'blue chairs' at JIAP, waiting for a mission, and listening as the various office phones rang three times.... a sure indication that Col Mason was trying to reach one of us! Rest well, and in peace, Col Mason. You've earned your place in space. Douglas Mann, Major, FLANG, Retired.

Robert Harding

January 1, 2019

Years ago, while I was an air technician and member of the Florida Air Guard, I was also a police reserve officer for the Neptune Beach Police Department. One day while on duty on a weekend, I went down the Atlantic Boulevard ramp to the beach on a routine patrol of the beach. There to the right of the ramp, Baldy and his family were enjoying the sun and the beach. After arriving on the beach, I was pleased to see him and his family there. While talking to Baldy, I was informed by a person who walked up to me and reported that a man had just stolen a surf mat which was used to ride waves. The person who reported the theft pointed out the man who was still nearby using the surf mat. I immediately went into action and was able to have the perpetrator who was a little inebriated, return the surf mat. Another job well done by the Neptune Beach Police Department. For years after the encounter, Baldy would jokingly remind me of the "GREAT NEPTUNE BEACH SURF MAT CAPER". The weather is clear and visibility is unobstructed!! Cleared for take-off Echo Hotel #01!! Your eternal journey is just beginning!! God's speed my good friend!!
Bob Harding