Charlie, Papa, Uncle Red: “There’s honesty, manhood and good fellowship in him.”
Foxboro: Charles J. Masison Jr., 90, a long-time resident, community leader and author from Foxboro, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family and embraced by a warm community of staff and friends at the Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wrentham, MA who cared for him for the past four years.
Charlie was born in Milton, Massachusetts to the late Dorothy Campbell (Masker) Masison and Charles J. Masison on July 8, 1927. He grew up with his beloved sisters, the late Dottie (Dorothy Masison Tucker) and Jean (Jean Masison Clarke), and is survived by his brother Buddy (Alan James Masison). An older sister, Lillian May Masison, died in 1927. Charlie’s father was a well-known auto mechanic who owned a shop near Fenway Park, Boston and once introduced Charlie to Ted Williams.
Charlie was married to the late Ruth Ellen (Driscoll) Masison. He enjoyed being a father to their six children, Richard C. Masison, James J. Masison, Nancy M. (Masison) Lancellotti, Donald D. Masison, Robert E. Masison, Sandra J. (Masison) Connors. Charlie and Ruth have ten grandchildren: Benjamin, Rachel, Elizabeth, James, Angela, and Corrie Masison, Jason and Christian Lancellotti, Ashly and Aaron Charles Seltzer. Papa was thrilled to welcome his great grandson Tyler E. Giordano in 2014. Charlie is also survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Patricia Masison and her children and grandchildren.
As Dad, Papa, and Uncle Red, Charlie adored children and was forever playful and young at heart, quick to bring a smile and laughter to the very youngest in the room, even when it meant he might have to break a house rule or two.
When Charlie graduated from Weymouth High School in 1946, his yearbook editors wrote this about him: “There’s honesty, manhood and good fellowship in him.” Following high school he proudly served in the US Army.
Charlie graduated from MIT in 1954, where he was the first recipient of the Karl Taylor Compton award. The award is the highest honor presented by MIT to students in recognition of excellent achievements in citizenship and devotion to the welfare of MIT. He later earned a masters’ from George Washington University.
He had a long career as an engineer, working for the US Government, Raytheon and GTE Sylvania. Charlie was also a founder and long-time owner of the family business, Taylor Rental and Special Occassion Rentals in Mansfield. He was involved in the American Rental Association, serving as region one director (New England) and president of the American Rental Association of Massachusetts.
Charlie was a strong community leader who dedicated his time and talent to many causes over the years. While his children attended school, he was a member of the Westwood Massachusetts School Committee; he was a well-known coach for little league baseball and ice hockey.
Charlie loved being a member of the Foxboro community, where he was elected and served as a Selectman from 1999 to 2002. He devoted himself tirelessly to the campaign to keep the New England Patriots in Foxboro, firmly believing in the vision of the future for Gillette Stadium, now the Patriot Place complex. Charlie gave his time to the town in many other ways as well, including serving on the industrial development commission, capital improvement planning committee, board of the Council on Aging and Human Services and the renewable energy advisory committee.
Through his service to the town, he made countless friends and sought to help others in any way possible. His love of meeting and learning from others led him to create a local cable TV show, "Behind the Scenes". His show became the longest running show on Foxboro Cable Access – he produced 641 shows, interviewing hundreds of Foxboro residents of all ages.
After learning of his own diagnosis of adult onset diabetes, he researched and published several books to help people overcome the disease, including the popular “Winning the Fight Against Diabetes”. He gave radio interviews and many presentations on the topic of diabetes across the United States, in an effort to share his personal success with turning the disease around.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday August 29th from 4-8 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St. in Foxborough. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday August 30th at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 58 Carpenter St. in Foxborough. For additional information please contact 508 543-5471. To light a special candle in Charlie’s memory please visit the funeral home web site at www.robertsandsonsfuneralhomeinc.com.