Jacques (Jack) Paul Joseph Jean Masson, 31 year resident of Nelson BC, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2015.
Born to the late Auguste and Annette (Charlebois) Masson in St Laurent, P.Q. on October 30, 1923, he grew up in Quebec.
Jack was very proud of his service to his country during World War II, spending three years with the RCAF in England as an aircraft mechanic maintaining Lancaster and Halifax bombers. After his discharge, he worked in the construction industry moving from Montreal to California to Washington State and back to Montreal before retiring in British Columbia.
His retirement was spent traveling with his wife Joan across Canada to visit family and heading south to Arizona and New Mexico to escape the Canadian winters. Jack was an avid HAM radio operator, communicating with people all over the world. He was a proud Legion member representing his country every Remembrance day. He was friendly to all and will be remembered fondly. A lifelong “Habs” fan, Jack was looking forward to “his team” returning to their former glory and winning the Stanley Cup this year.
Jack was survived by his wife of 31 years Joan Masson of Nelson BC and his sister Lise Key of Quebec City and many nieces and nephews. His Ottawa family consists of daughter Lucie Masson and husband Peter Maher, his grandchildren Kenny Maher and Jackie Churcher (Greg) and his great granddaughter Lily Jack loved Nelson, and his local family includes step daughters Bonnie Llewellyn and Heather Goulet (Chris) along with their families and close friend Bill Smith.
Jack was predeceased by his siblings Fred Masson, Antoine Masson, Marie Barthe, and Francoise Masson, and son Pierre Masson.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to “Medicins Sans Frontieres” (Doctors Without Borders) in Jack’s memory.
Memorial services will be held at Thompson Funeral Service, 613 Ward Street, Nelson on Friday, May 8th at 1pm followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #51,402 Victoria Street, immediately after.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.