Mason PlaceName: Mason Place
Date of Death: August 31, 2013
Age at death: 97
Mason William Place, 97, died August 31, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida. Last year he was predeceased by his wife, Marietta McDevitt Place after 71 happy years of marriage.
Mason was a graduate of Oswego High School and was graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology as a design engineer. He was employed as an engineer at Bausch & Lomb in Rochester, NY, Sealright in Fulton, NY, and finished his working career at Alcan, Oswego, NY in 1978.
Throughout his life Mason was active in the community, first as a 4-H club leader and then with the Southwest Oswego Methodist Church. It was at this church that Mason designed and oversaw the construction of an annex as well as serving as the treasurer of the church.
In WWII, Mason served in the United States Navy on the ship, Taconic.
Mason enjoyed many outdoor activities and downhill skied for most of his life. He also hiked, canoed, and backpacked in the US, Canada, and most of the USA National Parks. International travel was part of Marietta and Mason's passion once they were both retired. They visited countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. They also drove an RV across the USA and into remote areas of Alaska for months at a time.
Mason had two children, Lyle William Place (wife, Cathy), of Florida, and Judith Kaye Place (husband, Neil Shapiro), of New York; and one grandson, Aaron Place Shapiro, of California.
In accordance with their wishes, a joint memorial service will be held for Mason and Marietta at SW Oswego Church.
An honest man here lies at rest,
The friend of man, the friend of truth,
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd,
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd;
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.