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Tuesday January 8, 2013

Richard Edward Allison Mason 1936-2012
Queen's University B.Sc. (1959), Imperial College, University of London Ph.D. (1962)

Passed too suddenly, December 31, 2012 in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England in his 77th year. Richard Mason, beloved, devoted and happy husband of Eileen Mason, née Temperley. Patient, cheerful and enthusiastic father of Sarah, Helen and Anna. Valued father-in-law to Douglas Graham, Mark Nowell and Gregory Brickett. Proud and affectionate grandfather to Emma, Stefan and Alice Graham, Magnus and Lucinda Nowell and Sebastian and Alexa Brickett. Fun-loving brother of Margaret Polk and the late Audrey Polk. An Athlone Fellow who earned a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Richard became a pioneer in the use of computers by non-programmers. After leaving I.B.M. in Toronto, Richard, ''Dick'' to his colleagues, became the Director of the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Guelph, and later a Management Consultant in the field. Deeply interested in technology, science, engineering and history, Richard also delighted in exploring the world, musical concerts, and hiking in the Yorkshire moors with Eileen and their extended family. An accomplished photographer, Richard chronicled the life of his family and generously shared his love and pride in them. Desperately missed, and very joyously remembered. A Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of Richard Mason will be held on January 10 at 2pm at the East Riding Crematorium, also referred to as the Octon Crematorium, Langtoft, East Yorkshire, England YO52 3BL. Please send condolences and memories of Richard to In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queen's University, Kingston or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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