Larry Mason

Larry Grant Mason

Tuesday, March 8th, 1938 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that the family of Larry Grant Mason, announce his peaceful passing, on November 8, 2020 at palliative care in Guelph at the age of 82.
Larry is survived by his wife of 54 years Mary Lou (Mattaini), daughter Michele and her husband Tim Costin, granddaughter Kaitlyn and her husband Nicolas Sacchetti, his brother Paul (Susan) and sister Ornetta Gazzola and their families. He will be missed by his furry friend Buddy.
Larry is predeceased by his grandson Kevin Costin (2020) and his parents Colin and Della (Ritchie).

Larry was an avid “Car Guy” being one of the founding members of the Fergus Wheelers Car Club in 1958. Most notably was “Little Wee Wee” the dragster that Larry was in charge of building and Jim Homer drove, that won 35 trophies in drag racing. Larry’s passion for cars took him to the 29 Chevy “hotrod” that he had been working on for over 15 years and proudly took to many car shows.

Larry was a 20-year member of the Fergus Fire Department from 1964-1984 when he retired due to health issues. After his retirement he was still a fixture at the fire hall to sit and chat or to focus on the meticulous care and restoration of the Fergus Firefighters Association’s antique fire truck a 1934 Bickle pumper. He was also seen proudly driving the antique truck at many events in Fergus.

Larry was the recipient of a Heart Transplant in July 1993. He was an advocate for the “Be A Donor” program. Every April is Be a Donor awareness month and because he was on the receiving side of the program, he was passionate about getting the word out there. He was always so happy when local businesses and organizations would support his cause by helping to pay for a sign board or put up the donor flag. He was always happy to talk about the program whether that was a local newspaper interview or a community presentation or a local radio talk. Larry had 27 years with us after his transplant. He saw many health issues through the years and faced all of them with his fighting spirit, easy smile, and sense of humour. He will be truly missed.

Family and friends may visit on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Visitors must RSVP and wear a mask. A Graveside service will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020 at St. Mary/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Elora. Due to COVID guidelines, there are a limited number of attendees permitted for the Graveside service. You must RSVP for this service.

Memorial donations may be to The Fergus Firefighter Association, Restoration & Maintenance on Truck 34. Cards available at the Funeral Home.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Graham Giddy Funeral Home, Fergus Chapel
    280 St. David Street South
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitors must RSVP and wear a mask.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Graham Giddy Funeral Home, Fergus Chapel
    280 St. David Street South
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitors must RSVP and wear a mask.
  • Service

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Mary/ St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery
    County Road 7
    ELORA, ON N0B 1S0
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    Limited number of attendees permitted. Please RSVP.
  • Interment

    St. Mary / St. Joseph Cemetery
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Walter O’Rourke

Posted at 08:48pm
I met Larry for the first time in 2014. My wife and I had just moved to Fergus to be close to family. I was on the heart transplant waiting list at Toronto General Hospital. The TGH transplant program gave me Larry’s contact information as someone who had gone through the procedure. Larry graciously offered me as much of his time as I desired. Our conversations were very much appreciated by myself and my family. I received a donor heart in 2015 and spoke with Larry on several occasions after transplant. He was always a source of inspiration for me.

Please accept our deepest condolences. Wendy & Walter O’Rourke

Posted at 11:12am
Larry introduced himself and shared his heart transplant experience while Ken was waiting in TGH for a heart transplant. He was an inspiration. Larry & Ken enjoyed sharing car stories as well. We will miss his welcoming smile and offer our sincere condolences to all who loved him.
Jayne and Ken Slade

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Posted at 06:48am
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Gerry Ward

Posted at 12:35am
When you loose a life long friend things will never be the same, i,m thankful for all our good times we had and the memories i will keep with me forever. Mary Lou thankyou for all the updates, Larry was lucky to have you by his side we will all miss him very much. R I P my friend Gerry Ward

Allen Mears

Posted at 05:42pm
To Mary Lou and the Mason family, please accept my heartfelt and my most sincere sympathy in the loss of Larry. I still appreciate the generous help you extended to me many years ago. Sincerely Allen Mears, Nanaimo, B.C.

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