It is with sadness that the family of Hugh Charles Masson announces his passing on Monday, March 25, 2019 in Crystal City, Man. at the age of 92.
Hugh was born in Pilot Mound, Man. on April 1, 1926. The family resided in Wood Bay, Man. until the passing of his father that same year, at which time the family returned to reside permanently in Pilot Mound.
He told stories of walking the family cow into town for milking, and back out again in the morning. As well as the many, many games of checkers he played with his mother.
He served in WWII as a prison guard in northern Ontario, and returned there several seasons after the war to work in the logging camps.
In the fall of 1952, he met Neeltje (Nellie) Vanderstoel and were married April 25, 1953. Together they raised a family of six children.
An entrepreneur at heart, he owned and operated Bennecom Seeds and Masson's Mobile Milling in Pilot Mound. The family moved to Baldur, Man. in 1969 where he found the land to take on farming. In 1980 he moved again, this time to Barwick, Ont., looking for new opportunities in farming.
While there he took on the local cream route, collecting farmers cream weekly and delivering to Winnipeg and later to Inwood, Man. A busy work schedule resulted as he began to supply local business with product on his return trips.
In 2009, he (finally) retired and moved to Fort Frances, Ont. where he pursued his love of reading and tinkering in the shop.
It was here in 2013 that Nellie passed away. In 2015, Hugh gave up the house and returned to Pilot Mound to reside in the Prairie View Lodge seniors' centre.
While there he met, Earla McKellar (nee Scott) of Clearwater, 70 years after having dated in their 20s. On Dec. 31, 2016, they were wed and Hugh settled with Earla in her home in Crystal City. Here he remained happily until his passing.
Throughout his life, Hugh believed strongly in volunteering. He was involved in bringing the credit union and the library to Pilot Mound, the library to Baldur, kidney dialysis to Fort Frances, and the scooter storage building to Prairie View Lodge in Pilot Mound.
Hugh was predeceased by his first wife, Neeltje (Nellie) (nee Vanderstoel) in 2013; his father, Charles Masson and mother, Edith Irene Masson (nee Kerfoot); brother, Donald; son, Cameron Scott who died in infancy; and his brother, Harold Masson.
Hugh will be missed by his wife, Earla (McKellar); step-children, Melody McKellar (Ernest Bradshaw) of Beausejour, Man., Ross McKellar (Teresa Simpson) of Oxford, Nova Scotia, Scott McKellar (Sheila) of Winnipeg, Man., Melora Side of Calgary, Alta., and Tammy Graham (Craig) of Lac Du Bonnet, Man.; and children, Donald (Diane) Masson of Prince George B.C., Brenda (Gordon) McLean of Brandon, Man., Eraine (Roman) Wegiel, of Vermilion, Alta., Eric ( Kasselle) Masson of Manila, Philippines, Bruce (Cheryl) Masson of Stratton, Ont., Calvin (Jane Titley) Masson of Fort McLeod, Alta.; as well as 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and sisters, Elizabeth Coates of Prince George, B.C. and Marjorie Yeo of Winnipeg, Man.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Rock Lake Pastoral Charge United Church in Crystal City at 2 p.m.. A later one in the Barwick area will be announced.
Donations in memory of Hugh may be made to a charity of one's choice.