Death notice of the month: Mason Caldwell

Mason “F” Caldwell
54, Bass Lake

An appropriate part of Mason Caldwell's post-death time capsule, if anyone is interested in making one.
An appropriate part of Mason Caldwell’s post-death time capsule, if anyone is interested in making one.

Mason F. Caldwell, 54, of Bass Lake proper, died Jan. 22.

That was yesterday.

He was born in the early 1960s in Valley Ridge, Michiana, a son of Garfield and Mary (Smith). Each preceded him in death, at different times.

Mr. Caldwell was employed as a groundskeeper and assistant music teacher at Bass Lake schools for 26 years until his forced retirement in 2012, in the wake of the National Education Downsizing Initiative. Since then, he has been obsessed with fantasy sports and extreme couponing (the latter, merely from a theoretical standpoint).

He enjoyed listening to music, and was especially fond of  side 3 of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” and Side 5 of “Sandinista” by The Clash. He loved to fish and swim, when appropriate, and was considered within his circle of friends to be an ace at euchre or, more accurately, the right-bower, as they often joked. Most of all, he didn’t much enjoy time spent with his family. Mason never married, but thought about it a lot.

Example of survivors: a brother, Steven; a sister, Kathy (Caldwell) Stevens and her spouse, Stephen Stevens; and several cousins, two uncles, a half-aunt and four dogs belonging to a friend he hadn’t seen in 13 years.

Services will take place at a later date, to be announced. Neither cremation nor burial was selected. Family members will come to a consensus on that soon. To make contributions in Mason’s memory, contact Jolly’s Morgue and Donuts, by “Liking” its Facebook page.


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