Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Edgar A. Mason III
A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring, once the weather warms and we gather to remember Ed in the outdoor spaces he loved. Arrangements were made under the direction of Wrisley Funeral Home, South Deerfield
Sunderland, MA — On February 26, 2022, Ed Mason returned to the stuff of which he was made: New England granite and fertile fields, forest trails and the secret places far from them, inland lakes and ocean expanses.

Born in Rhode Island in 1939, his early years were spent as a farm boy on a struggling rural dairy farm. Post-graduation, he attended Brown University, leaving with a degree in history and a desire to teach teens. After several years of doing exactly that in Maine, he came to UMass for his M.Ed. The experience profoundly altered his understanding of how children learn and led him to exit the world of formal education.

For the next decade, he worked at UMass, first as a janitor and then as a refrigeration technician, while homeschooling his oldest child, Jennifer. He continued on at UMass until retirement, at which point he finally connected with the work of his heart. Mentoring at-risk teens at the Key Program in Greenfield, he combined his love of education with his compassion, his pain over the inequalities of the world, and his passion for learning about everything and everyone.

Ed was love so much more than anything else. While at Brown he met his soulmate Gale, marrying her mere months later—and theirs was a love for the ages. He loved family, willing to drop everything to rescue any of us at a moment's notice, reveling in all our triumphs and crying with us over all our tragedies. He loved learning, possessing an open and curious mind until the very end. He loved to laugh, and to make everyone laugh, as mischievous as the children in his life. He loved every moment spent outdoors—fishing, hiking, tracking, photographing—which is where those of us lucky to have known and loved him will find him still.

Those mourning Ed's passing as well as feeling profound gratitude for time spent with him include Gale, the love of his life; his children Jennifer, David, and Benjamin and their spouses Jonathan, Kathy, and Stephanie; his grandchildren Daniel, Acadia, Kate, Sawyer, and Charlotte; his sisters Carolyn and Sheila and brothers- and sister-in-law Peter, Con, and Kay; and his numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. He is predeceased by his sister Marilyn.

Love as boundless as his grows roots that extend far beyond his family; our lives are far more connected than many of us would believe. If you would like to honor Ed, open your mind a little wider, strive to love others unreservedly, sit long and quiet by a tree or a lake in order to learn about the life around it, and always show children respect and belief in who they are and who they might become.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring, once the weather warms and we gather to remember Ed in the outdoor spaces he loved. Arrangements were made under the direction of Wrisley Funeral Home, South Deerfield