Mason Aprile

January 1, 1927March 14, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Mason Aprile, 86, a lifelong Dongan Hills resident and the loving patriarch of his family, died Thursday at home.

A graduate of New Dorp High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed in the Pacific theater of operations. He served on LSTs (landing ship tank) and attained the rank of petty officer.

After the war, Mr. Aprile served in the Merchant Marine for two years, then was a conductor for the NYC Transit Authority, also for two years. He worked as a marine stoker-oiler on the Staten Island Ferry for the Department of Marine and Aviation from 1951 to 1965. He was an inspector for the former Air Pollution Control agency, now the Department of Environmental Protection, from 1965 until his retirement in 1986.

"He was very active in community service, and very generous with his time and money," said his son, Arthur. "He was very independent, and well known in Dongan Hills as the mayor of his block on Cromwell Avenue."

Mr. Aprile enjoyed cruises, dancing the cha-cha and jitterbug, and spending time with family. He enjoyed hosting his own birthday party on New Year's Day each year for family and friends.

A good cook, his chicken marsala and macaroni and meatballs were famous. For the last 12 years, he enjoyed fine dining and trips to Atlantic City with his friend, Susan Boan, family said.

Mr. Aprile was a former commander and longtime member of the Huttner-Pasqualini Post, American Legion, and the Legion's county sergeant at arms, commander and vice commander. He was a founding member and former president of the South Shore AARP, and a member of the Staten Island Elks and the Varsity Club.

He gave generously of his time and energy to worthwile causes. He was a Meals on Wheels delivery volunteer from 1986 to 2000; launched the Respite program for Alzheimer's caregivers in 1989-1990; and was a 55 Alive safe-driving instructor for the AARP from 1995 to 2012.

At the Staten Island Little League, he served as an umpire, and was a coach for the Staten Island Pee Wee Football League.

Mr. Aprile was a lifelong parishioner of St. Ann's R.C. Church, Dongan Hills.

His wife of 25 years, the former Jennie DePompo, died in 1975. His son, Allan, died in 1993. He also was preceded in death by his companion of 25 years, Mary Sorensen, in 2000.

"He was beloved and cherished by the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who blessed his life; they all called him Pop-Pop," his son Arthur said.

Also surviving Mr. Aprile are his sons, Anthony and Albert; his brother, Robert, and his sisters Fanny, Clara, and Christina.

The funeral will be Monday from the Virginia Funeral Chapel, Dongan Hills, with a mass at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Church. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 18, 2013
  • Committal Service Monday, March 18, 2013

Mason Aprile

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John & Dana Sellers

April 26, 2013

Tony,Terri & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time. Mason was a very special and dear friend and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Treasure all the special memories and know that we are thinking of you.
Love and prayers...


March 28, 2013


March 23, 2013

As Michael Aprile said: the best way to honor Mason is to Enjoy life to its fullest, keep your friends and family close (don't just say “I'll call” or "I'll visit” but, call and visit), dedicate your time and fly your flag. Mason would have it no other way.

diane sorensen

March 23, 2013

He would joke with me that he knew nothing, but he knew everything.
His cooking and food could call everyone to the table, no matter what they were doing.
It seemed no matter what was broken, it could be fixed with a little duct-tape.
He offered much and took little.
He was important and impacted all who knew him, whether friend, family, or foe.
Now that he is gone I worry and think: What will we do now? and then I remember what he would tell me (being who I was, he called me "a worrier" and a “story-teller”), he would say "sweetheart you never have to worry when your with pop-pop" and so even though we have said our goodbyes (for now) I know, I don't have to worry because he will always be with me.
R.I.P pop-pop 3/14/13

alan haggiag

March 19, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Mason .My heart goes out to the family and friends .MASON, I WILL MISS YOU........Alan Haggiag of Al's Roofing

March 17, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kim Piraino Ness

The Ferrante's

March 17, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family

Investigator Ray Maness

March 17, 2013

Condolences to the family of Mr. Mason Aprile. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Eric Isaksen

March 17, 2013

The neighborhood's not going to be the same.Rest in peace to a true gentleman and friend.RoseMarie Catrama and Isaksen family at 398.

Heather Gibbons

March 16, 2013

We will miss you Mason! You have been & will continue to be part of our family for eternity. Our condolences to your wonderful sons. Every time I have eggplant parmesan or Kris eating watermelon I will think of you with such fondness and smile.
Love you!
Heather, John, Kris & Tyler