William Isaac Mason Sr.
RUTHSBURG — William Isaac Mason Sr. of Ruthsburg, MD, went to live with the Lord on March 6, 2017. He was 94. He was at Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, MD.
Born on August 20, 1922, in Ruthsburg, he was the son of the late John Norman Mason and Florence Harrison Bishop. He grew up on the family farm in Ruthsburg and attended school in Centreville, MD, later graduating from McDonough School in Baltimore, MD, in 1942. He returned home to the farm where he would live his entire life.
He married Barbara Hebden on December 6, 1947, who preceded him in death on August 28, 2007.
From boyhood (over 80 years) Bill farmed in Ruthsburg, Queen Anne’s County, and was active into his 90s assisting son, Bill Jr., with the Mason Farm operations. He was especially proud of this, the contributions he made to agriculture, and his prized John Deere equipment. For many years he was an active member with the Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau, The Farm Service Agency, and Ruritan Club; he served on the Queen Anne’s County Plumbing Board, was a life member the Museum of Eastern Shore Life, and active with the Ruthsburg Community Club, which he especially enjoyed.
He is survived by his four children: Carolyn M. MacGlashan (Scott) of Church Hill, MD; Joyce M. Jeswilkowski (Charles) of Pittsburgh, PA; William I. Mason Jr. (Susanne) of Ruthsburg; John “Jack” R. Mason (Cynthia) of Easton, MD; eight grandchildren: Steven MacGlashan (Catherine), David MacGlashan (Jennifer), Marcus MacGlashan (Angela), Amy Hastings (Richard), Chad Jeswilkowski (Sally), Katherine Kraszewski (Stephen), Brandon Mason and Joshua Mason (Jessica) and 12 great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Ella, Victoria, Archer, Cooper and Max MacGlashan, Eliana and Adeline Hastings, Audrey and McKenna Jeswilkowski, William and Rosa Kraszewski.
He is survived by his sister, Bette Forney Fissel of Gettysburg, PA, and a brother-in-law, John Hebden (Barbara) of Easton. He was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn “Gene” Miller.
In addition to the farm, Bill and Barbara enjoyed many years of traveling, golfing, and playing bridge. He was a lifelong Orioles fan, and played baseball as a young man for the local Centreville team. He also enjoyed socializing with his many friends and neighbors, and was often called the “Mayor of Ruthsburg.” He was beloved by his family, and took particular delight in having his greatgrandchildren visit.
A visitation will be held Monday, March 13, at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home in Centreville, MD, where family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to: The Ruthsburg Community Club, P.O. Box 182, Centreville, MD 21617, or the Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Dr., Centreville, MD 21617.
For online condolences, see: www.fhnfuneralhome. com.
WILLIAM ISAAC MASON SR.