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Parkland Funeral Services

3502 44th Ave, Stony Plain, AB

OBITUARY

Dallas Foster Mason

January 10, 1936July 26, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Dallas Foster Mason announces his sudden passing at the age of 84 on July 26, 2020 at his home in Stony Plain, Alberta.

Dallas was born in 1936 in Kings County, New Brunswick, son to the late Jennie and Medley Mason. Dallas joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1955 at the young age of 19. He was a proud member of the Canadian Airborne Regiment and the Royal Canadian Artillery. He served two tours in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s and was stationed throughout his career at various Canadian Forces Bases across Canada, all the while with his children and wife in tow. He retired after a long and distinguished career as Captain D.F. Mason, CD, on August 1, 1991.

Dallas was an avid reader, old western movie buff, hunter and fisherman. He loved music and Sunday mornings tuned into the local western music programming. He also loved to sing old songs to his children and grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered for those songs along with his quick wit, his one-liners and his knowledge of many little known facts. He was a loving “dad” to his children and “gramps” and “papa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dallas was predeceased by his parents, five sisters and four brothers. He is survived by his brother David Mason. He will live on in the hearts of his three children: Susan (Michael), Mitchell (Sandra) and Cheryl (David); ten grandchildren: Lloyd, Cody, Alexander (Nicole), William (Amanda), Emily, Alexandra, Clayton, Lindsey (Brad), Kadey, Chelsey (John); six great-grandchildren: Kayla, Adeline, Dawsyn, Jagger, Brooke, Callahan and Ledger and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Parkland Funeral Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. The officiant will be Pastor Doug Hanson-Torwalt.

The family welcomes donations to the following charities in lieu of flowers: Prostate Cancer Canada or Wounded Warriors

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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Mike Mussolum

July 31, 2020

It was spring 1977, WO Mason was an AIG at the Artillery School trying to teach a pile of brand new OCDTs the fine art of target record books, director drills and plotter RA drills among many other things. I was one of those fortunate people to receive is knowledge and experience while on phase training. With the likes of J R Flannigan and a host of other seasoned professionals we were in blessed to be trained by their breed. After phase training I was posted to W Bty where I was afforded the opportunity to work alongside many of my instructors and continue to learn from the best. It was a tough crowd Dallas soldiered with. The likes of Jake Dorman, Tony Currie,, John Merlin, Bob Stewart, Sgt Comeau, Bob Howell Bdr Bullpit, Bob Cockram, Ted Itani, Dunc Phillips , Brian Reid of the RCA and the list goes on ( I apologize for not listing everyone). I am truly grateful for all they taught me - especially Dallas, tough, always demanding better, serious yet humorous (at times). They all made me a better soldier, gunner and person. I was saddened to hear of his passing and learn that he lived a very short distance away.- missed opportunity to reconnect with him.
To the family: Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss...the collective thoughts of the Regimental family are with you during this difficult time. Be proud of his service and do not let his memory or contributions fade..
Dallas, End of Mission, Good shooting, Rest. Ubique!

Kadey Kennedy

July 30, 2020

The funniest, most resilient and loving Papa. I will forever miss you singing “Katy Too” by Johnny cash to me.

I hope you’re fishing, hunting and laughing up there xo.

John McNair

July 30, 2020

I knew Dallas for only one year, the last of his long and rewarding career. That was 1990-91, in Shilo. I was the Base Operations Officer, working out of building L-50 and reporting to the Base Commander, Colonel Doug Walton, and Dallas was the Range Control Officer. For a young Major as I was, it was quite daunting to work in the presence of so many, dare I say, "older" and experienced soldiers! But Dallas tolerated me in his gruff but kind way and for that one year we worked well together. I knew enough to leave him to work with the NCO Range Controllers in his own way, and he did that very well of course. I can honestly say that without even realizing it, I learned many aspects of leadership from Master Gunner Mason.
The photo is Shilo Base Ops, but taken nearly a year after Dallas retired. Most of the people are the same, however.

Shawna Noseworthy

July 30, 2020

I am so very sorry for the loss of your father, Cheryl. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time of loss.

I am here to offer any support I can - please do not hesitate to reach out.

Shawna

Chris & Michele Barth

July 29, 2020

Our sincere condolences to all the family on the passing of a GREAT man and Gunner. RIP, Stand Easy!

Kristine Allen

July 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to you and your family, Cheryl. My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow.

Ken and Gloria Giese

July 29, 2020

We too shall miss our friend and neighbor. May God be with you at this trying time.
Ken and Gloria Giese - Elmwood Court

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