Serenity Funeral Home & Serenity Gardens Memorial Park
13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL
May 10, 1922 – November 22, 2012
Derek Mason, age 90, of Clearwater, Florida, died Thursday night, November 22, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Born May 11, 1922, in Lancaster, England, he was the son of the late Thomas Bond Mason and Madge Swindlehurst Mason. Derek enjoyed an exciting career in aviation which started in WWII where he served as a bomber pilot. After the war ended he flew for British Airways, Singapore Air and was later employed by the United Nations where he retired at the young age of 72. He enjoyed photography in his spare time but flying was his passion. He also loved to travel the world and go for long walks on the beach. Brother Mason was a Grand Officer. His rank was Past Junior Grand Deacon, and he was PAst Grand Standard Bearer in the Royal Arch. He was iniated in 1954 and had been a member of 6 Lodges and 3 Chapters, in both London and Gibraltar. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Martha Kelley Mason; along with two step-daughters; Katherine Kelley of Burlington, Vermont and Brenda Kelley Hood and her husband Nigel Hood who currently reside in Auckland, New Zealand; 4 grandchildren, Hayden Chichester, Elena Kelley, Hannah Hood and Alexa Hood; two nieces in England, Sharron Farmer and her husband David and Heather Asquith and her husband Nigel and 3 great nieces and 1 great nephew, Lydia Farmer, Kathy Farmer, Eleanor Asquith and Jonathan Asquith. Memorial services for Derek Mason will be held at 6:00 pm, Friday, November 30, 2012 at the club house at their residence, located at Crescent Beach Club with Chaplain Virginia Bishop officiating.
- Memorial Service Friday, November 30, 2012
January 6, 2013
Derek was my Godfather and so I knew him all my life. As my sister said our father - Geoff Roddis - and he were best friends since they met on the shool bus aged 11. Derek was often out of the country but he tried to visit us when he could. Of course when he married Martha we were very pleased to see them both. Both Derek and our father fought for Gt Britain as members of Bomber Command and one can never fail to be grateful to them for risking their lives in that way. Please send our love to Martha and let her know that we have heard the news and we will Miss Derek very much. Rosie Allsop
January 2, 2013
To dear Martha and family,
This has come as a shock as my sister Rosie and I had tried to contact Uncle Derek over the weeks as Christmas approached. We have finally tried the Internet and just found the news of his passing. Rosie and I are so very sad. Uncle Derek was our father's very best friend and he was a wonderful uncle to both of us. He attended my father's funeral and indeed that of my son Jamie. He was very special to both of us and we are so very sad to have this news. We do hope that Martha is coping well and send h our love. Uncle Derek has always been a very special family member and Rosie and I are so very, very sad to hear this news. Please send our love and condolences to Martha. We adored Uncle Derek, he was a wonderful Uncle and friend.
With all our love Gilly (Parker) and Rosie Allsop. Gilly.firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2, 2012
Thank you to all our family, friends and caregivers who helped make the memorial a beautiful event. Derek married a woman from Suriname, and any event in Suriname always has our delicious food, and this memorial was not exception. Thanks to Nathalie Martin who made "Masala Kip," Cherie Jessurun who brought the "Roties" from Miami to go with it; Tante Rini and Philip Van der Voet who made "Pom"; Rosalie Watson who brought "Speculaas" for dessert, and Cherie Jessurun who made "Bojo" the next day with us that we are enjoying for many days to come. Our caregivers also made delicious food. Debbie Denton from the Phillipines made delicious "Pansit," salad, and rice. Mireille Cazeau from Haiti made a delicious creamy chicken.
In addition everyone helped and pitched in. Debbie Denton washed and cut my mother's hair and did her make-up. Tata Paez seemed to be cleaning with a smile on her face non-stop from 4pm to 11pm. Mary Luysterburg helped make the coffee and did some last minute cooking,and so did Joy Patterson. Everyone helped break down.
The Hospice Chaplain, Jinny Bishop, lead the service both during the wake and the memorial service in such a beautiful and touching manner and she did it all for free. We picked her because of the kind, gentle and beautiful manner she connected with us when she came into our home on the evening that Derek passed away, and she was a great comfort to our family in this time of need. Joy Patterson also shared stories about Derek during the sharing time and had us all in tears. Wim Jessurun and others also shared. So many people brought flowers. I don't remember all. I remember Angelica Mendoza's beautiful white roses....More will come back to me...
Overall I felt so supported by the warmth, love, and kindness of all of you, and I know my mother also felt the same although she cannot express it in words. Thank you so much.
Katherine A. Kelley
Derek Mason's Stepdaughter