OBITUARY

Millard "Mill" H. Mason

June 21, 1926September 8, 2021
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Millard H. Mason “Mill”, 95, of Wethersfield, beloved husband of the late Lorraine (Hansen) Mason, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Hartford Hospital.

Born in East Hartford on June 21, 1926, he was the son of the late Louis T. and Ruby (Matthews) Mason. He moved to Wethersfield at a young age and graduated from Wethersfield High School in the class of 1945, the “End of the War” Class. Millard was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during WWII as a crewman on the then-new P-61 Black Widow night fighter plane. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Springfield College in 1952, where he played baseball and soccer and served as Captain in his senior year. He also earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Hartford and a Sixth-Year Post-Master’s Degree from Springfield College.

Mr. Mason returned to Wethersfield High School, where he taught physical education for 33 years and was the school’s first Athletic Director. He retired in 1986 and immediately became the Executive Secretary of the newly-established, 24-team Central Connecticut Conference (CCC). He held that position for the next 14 years, when he retired again to play golf. A man of strong faith, Millard was a member of the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield since 1944.

Millard is survived by three sons, Michael Mason and his wife Susan of Ellicott City, MD, Mark Mason and his wife Suzanne of Egg Harbor, NJ and Dr. Robert Mason, Ph.D. and his wife Sarah of Corvallis, OR; his daughter, Christine Mason-Giardini of Annapolis, MD; his brother, Harold Mason of Maine, NY; his sister, Beverly Plucker of Fairfield; his daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Mason of Bethpage, NY; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a longtime companion, Marcia Griswold of Wethersfield. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his son, James Mason, Ph.D. and his brothers, Raymond, Glenn, Roy and Warren.

In light of the current pandemic, a private burial with military honors will take place at Rose Hill Memorial Park and a private memorial service will be held at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield with Pastor Deryk Richenburg officiating. There are no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Christ, 250 Main St., Wethersfield, CT 06109.

To share a memory of Mill with his family or to view his tribute video, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

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Janet Luddy

September 18, 2021

Dear Chris and family, Dennis and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a great man and you have such wonderful memories ! He was a friend to so many .
Dennis and I send our love , prayers and hugs to you and your family💕💕

Stephen Waters

September 18, 2021

Mill was one of the most sincere and grateful people, I ever had the pleasure to deal with; as a: student /athlete, a young coach at WHS, someone I would call for advice coaching and as a quality friend.
I will miss seeing him at events, where he always stood tall and proud. A position I will forever remember him as!
Steve Waters

Ward Rogers

September 18, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great coach and a very patient and caring person. He was my favorite “teacher” in class of ‘58 at WHS. In later life, he was a friend at First Church of Christ. Rest In Peace Coach.

Deborah Byrne

September 14, 2021

Dear Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I went to WHS when Mil was the AD. I can still picture his huge office and him at his desk. He was generous enough to hire me for coaching once I got back to Wethersfield after college. He gave me an opportunity that I will always be grateful for. He was a stand up guy and he will be missed. He left quite a legacy.
Deb Byrne

Wethersfield WHS Eagles "Cottone Boys" Players, Coaches and Supporters

September 13, 2021

On Behalf of the Wethersfield High Football "Cottone Boys" players , coaches and supporters, we extend our sympathy and condolences to the surviving family of Coach Milliard Mason.

For all of us who knew him, we respected and liked him. He always had a genuine caring for all the students at Wethersfield High. In our minds, he will always be remembered as one of "America's Greatest Generations"

Although he has left us, our memory of this fine man will live on.

Sincerely

The Wethersfield Eagles Football Cottone Boys (players, coaches and supporters)

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Sissy (Carol) Cottone Choomack

September 12, 2021

It is with deepest sorrow that I send my condolence s to the Mason family one and all. I well remember Mill’s exuberance as he coached the basketball teams. He was a very committed an excellent coach from whom many learned so very much not only of the game but to work in unison with one another and learn to be team players. I wish you well on this new journey. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

Respectfully Sissy Cottone

Debra McKeon

September 12, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Mill’s passing. He always kept in touch at Christmas and we will miss his holiday notes.

The family photos are priceless. We hope that they and all your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Love & Peace,
John & Debbie McKeon

John and Darlene Oblak

September 12, 2021

My wife Darlene and are among the many friends of Millard H. Mason.

I first met Mill many years ago playing softball. A reacquaintance was strengthened while he was athletic director at Wethersfield High School. He was a great supporter of the hockey teams on which our three sons played, as well as their other sports.

We would see Mill at Wethersfield Historical Society events. Always a kind inquiry about how we and the boys were doing.

We were unaware of his WW II Army Air Corps service. I regret not having a conversation about his flying on a Black Widow.

Mill was a wonderful person. Knowing him was our pleasure.

John and Darlene Oblak

Mike Whalen

September 12, 2021

Betsey and I share your sorrow as we remember the many great times we had with the Masons. And when I meet up with Mill in the next life maybe he will finally give me the secret sauce recipe! Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Todd Russell

September 12, 2021

I played basketball for Mr. Mason. Fortunately, I sent a letter of thanks to him some years ago and to express my appreciation for his thoughtful mentoring and his skillful teaching-coaching. I explained that I spent 38 years in the field of physical education and that he had influenced my career choice. At the class reunion, Mr. Mason remembered me 50 years later; I was thrilled to visit with him. I did not realize that he served in WW2. Years ago, Vets often did not say much about their military contributions. Thank you Mr. Mason for years of quality teaching-coaching in Wethersfield. Todd Russell

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